Feel like a knight in Toledo.
We drove in our iron horse to the old city of Toledo. A great one day trip when staying in Madrid!
From the apartment you drive to Puerto de Toledo (of course) through the A42 (62 KM) to the 68B (8 KM).
Total travel time: 51 minutes.
We tried to stick our new Sony HDR-AS100V action camera on the dashboard, but it fell off immediately. Finally arriving at Toledo, the battery was almost dead. Our „first (very short) movie” will follow soon on this blog.
We parked our car in the first parking we saw. And how convenience: you did not have to climb the stairs to the high top of the city, there was a moving staircase made inside the old walls.
We first wanted to lunch somewhere in the sunlight and stopped at Restaurant Kumera on Calle Alfonso X. The tapas were only 3 euros, so we were a bit afraid of the quality in such a touristic place. But the food was great! Later we saw that all restaurants were very cheap. They did not take credit cards (machine broken) so I had to walk the whole way down to find a cash machine. And after I had my money, I wanted to take a new (and what I thought faster way) back to the restaurant and I got lost.
We were not really well prepared of what we wanted to see in Toledo. So we saw some beautiful churches and the big cathedral (Catedral Primada Santa María de Toledo) at the main square (Plaza del Ayuntamiento).
After 3 hours we walked down to the parking. We saw a terrific view from the walls on the “down-town” area.
When driving home, we saw the great old bridge over the river but there was too much traffic to park the car and take a picture. So here the result taken through our car window:
On our way back we suddenly were on a toll road (autopista) AP41. We were the only one, there were no cars at all, so we guessed it would be an expensive trip. But it cost us less than 4 euros.
On the AP41 we passed a beautiful mountain at exit 44 (Villaseca de la Sagra) and impressive industry buildings. Great location for a photoshoot!
Photo Villaseca de la Sagra: http://www.gopixpic.com
Source Wikipedia:The city is said to have been populated since the Bronze Age. According to Don Isaac Abrabanel, a prominent Jewish figure in Spain in the 15th century and one of the king’s trusted courtiers who witnessed the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, the city was named by its first Jewish inhabitants who settled there in the 5th century BCE, and which name may have been related to its Hebrew cognate טלטול (= wandering), on account of their wandering from Jerusalem.On May 25, 1085, Alfonso VI of Castile took Toledo and established direct personal control over the Moorish city from which he had been exacting tribute, ending the medieval Taifa‘s Kingdom of Toledo. This was the first concrete step taken by the combined kingdom of Leon-Castile in the Reconquista by Christian forces. After Castilian conquest, Toledo continued to be a major cultural centre; its Arab libraries were not pillaged, and a tag-team translation centre was established in which books in Arabic or Hebrew would be translated into Castilian by Muslim and Jewish scholars, and from Castilian into Latin by Castilian scholars, thus letting long-lost knowledge spread through Christian Europe again.For some time during the 16th century, Toledo served as the capital city of Castile, and the city flourished. However, soon enough the Spanish court was moved, first to Valladolid and then to Madrid, thus letting the city’s importance dwindle until the late 20th century, when it became the capital of the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha. Nevertheless, the economic decline of the city helped to preserve its cultural and architectural heritage. Today, because of this rich heritage, Toledo is one of Spain’s foremost cities, receiving thousands of visitors yearly. It has a history in the production of bladed weapons, which are now popular souvenirs of the city. The manufacture of swords in the city of Toledo goes back to Roman times, but it was under Moorish rule and during the Reconquista that Toledo and its guild of sword-makers played a key role.El Greco also lived in Toledo.It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage and historical co-existence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures.Toledo and AlfonsoVl:Alfonso VI (1040 – 1109), nicknamed the Brave (El Bravo) or the Valiant, was King of León from 1065, King of Castile and de factoKing of Galicia from 1072. After the conquest of Toledo in 1085 he was also the self-proclaimed victoriosissimo rege in Toleto, et in Hispania et Gallecia (most victorious king of Toledo, and of Spain and Galicia).Food:Toledo’s cuisine is grouped with that of Castile–La Mancha, well-set in its traditions and closely linked to hunting and grazing. A good number of recipes are the result of a combination of Moorish and Christian influences.Some of its specialties include lamb roast or stew, cochifrito, alubias con perdiz (beans with partridge) and perdiz estofoda (partridge stew), carcamusa, migas, gachas manchegas, and tortilla a la magra. Two of the city’s most famous food productions are Manchego cheese and marzipan (mazapán de Toledo).
A Budget Day Trip to Toledo