Toledo, Spain: An Easy Day Trip To A UNESCO World Heritage Site From Madrid!
Planning to visit Madrid, Spain? Toledo, a UNESCO heritage site is about an hour away from Madrid and a perfect day trip if you have the time. When I was in Madrid (in 2011), I had a lung infection and was very sick. I was supposed to be recuperating but I could not stand being stuck inside so I wrapped myself up and got on an ALSA bus and went to Toledo for the day. It’s a very cheap bus ride to this historic city and worth the adventure!! Originally it was the capital of Spain until the 1500s when the royal court moved to Madrid.
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Here are some photos from my day trip:
The Alcazar or fortification of the city. I didn’t get a good whole shot of it
Another angle of the Alcazar
Nuns in Plaza Zocodover
I love the Old City and its maze-like streets. I had a sim card with data and I was able to use Google Maps to navigate and not get lost!
Tips for Toledo:
- The Alsa bus is very cheap and efficient. There is no need to drive unless you are driving all over Spain and already have a car. I took a bus from Plaza Elíptica in Madrid (check for new updated info) and the ride was about an hour long each way. The bus stops running at 9 pm. You will definitely enough time to do a day trip and come back!
- I have not tried taking the train but you can take a train to Toledo also. I checked the Renfe site and you could do a day trip for around 20 Euros or so.
- You can definitely see a lot in a day so there is no need to stay in Toledo unless you really want to. Do make a plan with what you want to see beforehand.
- When I first when to Toledo in 2011, the Cathedral was closed. I visited it this past fall (2016) and I definitely think it’s worth the admission price. I did miss out on seeing Santa Maria la Blanca, which was a synagogue but is now a museum.
- Also, consider walking to the Mirador which is a beautiful viewpoint. I was in a car but I read online that you can take a bus (#71) there. For further info, there’s a tourist information center in town.
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