Urban route around Toledo

  • Panoramic view of Toledo

Toledo is known as the "City of Three Cultures". We suggest a circular route that will explain why, as you will see Christian, Arab and Jewish monuments. Discover why this World Heritage City is always one of the cities in Spain that most fascinates people.

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Urban route around Toledo


  • Tavera Hospital. This is one of the most beautiful buildings of the Spanish Renaissance. It houses art treasures like the sepulchre of Cardinal Tavera and its Church altarpiece.
  • Old Bisagra Gate and New Bisagra Gate. Enter the old quarter through these two impressive gates. The Old (Vieja) Bisagra Gate is the oldest Arab construction in the city.
  • San Juan de los Reyes Monastery. Continue along the Paseo de Recaredo by the medieval wall and cross Puerta del Cambrón Bridge to arrive at this spectacular building founded by the Catholic Monarchs.
  • The old Jewish quarter. In its time, this was one of the largest Jewish quarters in Spain. This is reflected in the next two buildings we suggest you should visit: the Synagogues now called Santa María la Blanca and El Tránsito. Next to the latter stands the El Greco Museum. The next stop is Santo Tomé Church, which houses the famous El Greco painting, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.
  • Primada Cathedral. Very close by, you will see this beautiful Gothic building. Its medieval stained-glass windows stunning.
  • Plaza de Zocodover square. This is where the Arab city's market was. In its alleyways, you can still imagine the clatter of Toledo steel (the city is renowned for its traditional steel swords).
  • The Alcázar fort. Standing on the highest hill in the city, you are sure to have noticed it already as you were walking around. This building's history is fascinating and can be discovered in the Army Museum.
  • Santa Cruz Museum. Would you like to see its items of archaeology and fine and industrial arts?
  • Cristo de la Luz Mosque. If you can, do this last stage as the sun goes down, as the views are well worth it.

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Urban route around Toledo

Practical information

Total distance:
You’ll love exploring Toledo on foot. If you’re staying in Madrid, don’t forget Toledo is just 70 kilometres away.

How to complete the route:

Approximate time:
The suggested walk takes one day, so you can discover a little about the city of Toledo’s rich cultural heritage. However, we suggest setting aside at least two days for this city.

Best time of year:
All year round

Tips and interesting facts:
Along the way, you will find several vantage points with panoramic views. On the other side of the Tagus River is the Mirador del Valle viewpoint, from where you can see the whole city. It is well worth climbing some of the towers in Toledo to look over the Cathedral rooftops. Toledo should be seen lit up at night. You can get more information from the tourist offices about curious guided tours, such as "Night walks through magical Toledo". An extensive programme of exhibitions has been prepared for 2014, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of El Greco's death.

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