Time: 1:00 hour | Distance: 70 km
Start: Madrid | End: Toledo
Best for Home Area: Madrid
Toledo is the living image of more than 2,000 years of history. Once a Roman municipium, the capital of the Visigothic Kingdom, a fortress of the Emirate of Córdoba, an outpost of the Christian Kingdom, and in the 16th century, the temporary seat of supreme power under Charles V, Toledo is known today as the City of Three Cultures.
It is an obligatory stop for history lovers as Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together there peacefully for centuries, respecting each others' customs and privileges. The great attraction of Toledo is that it has managed to preserve its historical configuration, and as you stroll through its streets you will see that every corner oozes with history. Toledo is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful medieval cities in Spain. Thanks to this great example of tolerance, Toledo preserves a great legacy of buildings and architectural elements typical of each religion. Toledo Cathedral, the Mirador del Valle viewpoint, the Synagogue of Santa María La Blanca, the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, the Alcántara Bridge, the Alcázar, the Church of Santo Tomé and the Plaza de Zocodover are just some of the many magical places in the city of Toledo that are a must-see. To get there, just take the A-42 motorway, which is free of charge. • Image: Toledo © Wei Hunag / Unsplash
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