The medieval town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, Toledo is at the same time, a dynamic city, continuously growing, university center and capital of Castilla la Mancha.
Known as the City of Three Cultures, Toledo is a universal model of coexistence and tolerance of ethnic groups and religions for centuries. This mosaic city is also the capital of Carlos V (King of Spain and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire), the town of El Greco, a convent city, metropolis of esotericism and legends, capital of Visigoth Spain, Headquarters Primate of Spain, head of the Route of Don Quijote, a lively market handicrafts and a world leader in wine and gastronomy.
History and Heritage
The city of Toledo deserves the attention of art lovers. The capital, full of aesthetic suggestions, has traced a valuable artistic and monumental heritage; artistic remains of the most varied cultures and periods are distributed through its streets and squares.
The joint coexistence of Christian, Arabic and Hebrew cultures, achievement during the medieval period a true cultural heyday, although through the centuries numerous characters left their mark in Toledo, El Greco, author of the masterpiece The Burial of Count Orgaz, stands among the most illustrious artists.
The culture of the city of Toledo is also reflected in the cuisine, the cuisine of Toledo, noble and aristocratic tastes, stands out for its proposed hunting; venison stew or partridge a la toledana, also by carcamusas, its popular stew.
Is joined to this tradition, two products of the earth; Manchego cheese, pure of sheep, and marzipan, of Arabic origin and delicious palate, which gained fame since medieval times.
Fiestas and traditions
In the spring, the Easter, is declared a celebration of National Tourist Interest, shows the austerity of its streets and steps carried by their brothers in a spectacular nocturnal silence of the candlelight.
The host city for centuries, the religious festival of Corpus Christi, declared celebration of International Tourist Interest, giving prominence to the Great Week of Toledo. The streets covered with awnings and carpets of thyme, rosemary and lavender, with flowers and tapestries on the walls give way to colorful parade procession culminated by Enrique de Arfe custody of the XVI century. These days are the right time to visit the traditional courtyards of Toledo.
Alongside these festivals, they have others like the European Day of Jewish Culture, in early September, and festivals such as the Music of the Three Cultures, International Jazz or Organ Festivals.
Congresses, shopping and leisure
Toledo has been placed at the head of the Spanish cities in terms of holding of conventions, conferences and events, and this has contributed, his destination character, internationally recognized, accessibility and grow their infrastructures (Center of Tourists Reception, Toletum; Palacio Congress, The Miradero 2008).
It has amazing turistic goals: internationally known monasteries, Arab and Renaissance palaces, famous wineries, the cigarrales and restaurants. Luxury internationals hotels, historic buildings or avant-garde, coexist with small hotels.
Toledo still retains the historical color of their old trade guilds, with a very rich sample of handicraft (damascene, metalwork, embroidery, ceramics, artistic glass), combined with the most extensive and cutting edge commercial offer, making the city one of preferred shopping destinations for international tourism. When light falls, the magic night atmosphere of Toledo can be lived in all kinds of environments, from the most exclusive cocktail bar to the most breakthrough.
To access the city of Toledo, there are high-speed train (AVE) connecting Madrid (Puerta de Atocha Station) with Toledo in 25 minutes. In less than an hour has frequent bus services to communicate daily Madrid and Toledo, in just 50 minutes by motorway (AP-41) you arrive from Toledo to Madrid International Airport.