Day Trip to Toledo, Spain: Mother & Daughter Adventures

When Lauren and I planned our trip to Spain I knew that I would want to take a day trip to Toledo if we stayed in Madrid.  I had been to Toledo as a teen but that was so long ago that all I could remember were the narrow, hilly streets and paintings by El Greco.

Madrid Metro

Madrid Metro – usually it was quite crowded

To be begin our adventure to Toledo we walked 15 minutes from our apartment in Malasaña, Madrid to the Metro station, boarded a train which took us across the city to the bus station.  It was only an hour bus ride to Toledo.

Toledo - on our way to the main plaza

Toledo – on our way to the main plaza

The bus station in Toledo is located next to the river so we walked up the hill toward the city center enjoying the narrow, cobblestone streets and walkways as we ascended.

Of course stopping for a bit of breakfast along the way.

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Damascene Ware

The main square is quaint with restaurants and stores, the most famous being the marzipan shop.

Toledo is known for its Damascene Ware; beautiful black and gold jewelry.  The hand-made versions are pretty pricey, although I’m sure worth it, but the machine made pieces are also attractive and an affordable souvenir.

View of the City of Toledo

View of the City of Toledo from the library cafe

We had read that the best place to take a photo of the city was from the library café at the Alcazar.

Toledo has more to see than one day will allow, and so that we’d have some time for spontaneous exploring, my only must-see was the Cathedral.  Lauren isn’t typically seeking out Cathedrals but she came along without complaint.

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Cathedral de Toledo

Once inside I think we both enjoyed the grandeur of the spectacular structure, so many photo ops and for me I could feel the spiritual intent of the place.  It was beautiful throughout; the high arch interior,

IMG_7556the ornately decorated retable Gothic alterpiece,

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Close up of the alter

and the stained glass windows were all amazing.  It was definitely a high light for me.

We hadn’t decided ahead of time where to have lunch so we wandered the narrow streets until we found a restaurant with an outdoor patio.

They were serving a Menu del Dia to our liking. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed sitting outside and people watching.

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Toledo City Hall

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The Alcántara Bridge

On our way back to the bus station we walked down to the the Alcántara Bridge,

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The Alcántara Bridge and the Alcazar

where we enjoyed spectacular views of the river and the Alcazar.

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3 thoughts on “Day Trip to Toledo, Spain: Mother & Daughter Adventures

  1. WOW Megan. What a wonderful trip. I love all the photos especially the ones of the cathedral. Simply beautiful. Was this a recent trip or the one you took a while back?

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