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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
On our way back to the bus station we walked down to the the Alcántara Bridge,
where we enjoyed spectacular views of the river and the Alcazar.