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With a population of close to 90,000, Toledo is a prominent city and municipality located in central Spain, the capital of the province that shares its name. Having been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, Toledo has become a popular travel destination for many around the world who seek out historic monuments and cultural heritage.
Toledo is also known as the Imperial City for the fact that Holy Roman Emperor Charles V selected it as his main venue of the court during his years of prominence. Some also call it the City of the Three Cultures thanks to its interesting mixture of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish influences.
Something that makes Toledo a popular Spanish destination for city breaks is the wide and varied availability of cheap and affordable hotel accommodation.
Neighbourhoods of Toledo
Toledo consists of a number of districts each with their own features and characteristics:
- Historic Centre: Enclosed within ancient walls, Toledo’s central district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its extensive monumental and cultural heritage.
- Jewish Quarter: The Jewish Quarter has long been regarded as one of the most charming neighbourhoods in Toledo. It is filled with beautiful historical monuments and some of the city’s key attractions, including two of the most important synagogues in Spain.
- Alcazar: This is an area of the city that is located on the highest hill within the walled city. It has some of the most photogenic scenery opportunities that you will find in the whole of Toledo.
- Central-North: The Central North district is one the more modern areas of the city. Here, tourists will find most the shops and facilities that they need to make their trip complete, from great restaurants to designer brand outlets and the best opportunities for exciting nightlife in the city.
- North Toledo: One of the quieter areas, this part of the city is mainly commercial and administrative but it is also home to some major attractions such as the remains of the Roman Circus and the Toledo Bullring. It’s also a good place as a tourist base as the transport connections to the most frequented attractions are excellent.
What to see and do in Toledo
Visitor attractions in Toledo are wide and ranging, with something to suit all preferences and interests. Some of the most popular attractions in and around the city include the amazing Santa Inglesia Catedral Primada de Toledo, a High Gothic 13th-century cathedral, the Alcazar de Toledo which is a military museum located inside a 15th-century palace, and Museo del Greco which is a museum dedicated to the legendary painter El Greco.
What to eat in Toledo
Toledo is renowned for many of its local dishes and popular regional cuisine. Some of the meals to seek out include sopa castellana which is a delicious garlic and ham broth with paprika, carcamusas which is a dish of shredded meat, tomatoes, and peas, and perdiz estofada which is a partridge casserole.
Typical events and festivals in Toledo
There is always some kind of special event taking place in Toledo. Some of the most popular festivals and occasions that happen in the city across the year include the Santa Semana celebrations that are enjoyed nationwide during the Easter week, the Virgen del Sangrario celebrations in August, and the world-famous Corpus Christi festivities that take place every year, 60 days after Easter Sunday.
How to move around in Toledo
Toledo is a city that can be easily covered and navigated on foot, but those who wish to use public transport will be best served by either using the local bus network or one of the several local taxi firms that operate in and around the most popular attraction areas.
The climate in Toledo
Toledo is a city that experiences a surprisingly varied climate given its Mediterranean location. The summers are short but very hot, with the winters being very cold and cloudy. It is generally dry all year round in Toledo, so visiting in the rain isn’t a big concern for tourists. Those wishing to soak up the best sun possible should be visiting in the months of June to September.