An ancient walled city in the center of Spain just a short distance from Madrid, Toledo has a lot to offer the visitor. What to do in Toledo, Spain for a day, weekend or longer? Read on to discover some secrets of Toledo.
Whether you stay in Toledo for a day, weekend or a month, here are some of our favorite things to do, lodgings in Toledo, and of course tips for eating and drinking too! And we’ve included a handy Toledo, Spain attractions map you can view on your smartphone or computer which you will find at the end of the article.
It’s easy to get to and from Toledo from Madrid and other parts of Spain. (be sure to check out our guide to Madrid too!)
Traveling by car it is about half an hour from Madrid to Toledo. If you don’t have a car of your own you can rent one or use shared Blablacar like locals do.
It is also very easy to reach Toledo by bus from Madrid with ALSA bus and takes less than an hour. You can also take the RENFE direct train from Madrid and other places in Spain. Check Trainline for ticket and route options within Spain and from other countries as well.
If you are traveling around Europe you might want to check Flixbus for inexpensive bus rides.
The closest airport to Toledo is Madrid (MAD). You can fly into Madrid airport from most cities in Europe and of course from all over the globe. Check Skyscanner for the best prices and flight schedules for multiple airlines that fly into Madrid.
If you arrive by train or bus keep in mind that you will have to climb the big hill to get to the city. Good news! There is a giant escalator. I wish someone told me that before I hiked up carrying my luggage. Check out the Toledo tourist map below for information.
Just a note on luggage… if you don’t like dragging your bags, you can have them shipped directly to your hotel with Luggage Forward. Check it out, it might be less expensive than you think!
If you plan to visit Toledo only for the day, see below for guided day trips that include transportation.
Toledo is an ancient city that sits on a hill at a bend in the Tagus River (yes the same river that is in Lisbon where it is called Rio Tejo, in Spanish it is el Tajo). The old city is a UNESCO heritage site due to the historic monuments from Arab, Jewish and Christian populations. Wander the tiny alleyways, marvel at the views over the plains of Castilla-La Mancha.
Guided Tours in Toledo, Spain: If this is your first visit to Toledo, you might want to get oriented with a walking tour. Or maybe you’d enjoy a food tour! I like to take a tour when I first arrive in a city to get oriented. Plus you can ask the guide for secret cool things to do in Toledo.
Self-guided walking tour Toledo, Spain: If you’d rather explore the city on your own that is completely doable as well. Here are some of the top things to see in Toledo, check below for our Toledo, Spain attractions map.
Walking around Toledo is of course free. Put on your comfy shoes and go for a wander through the small and crooked alleyways. If you love taking photos you’ll find a lot of great photo ops. This is my favorite free thing to do in Toledo.
Many of the local museums and monuments have free days, check their websites for the latest information. If you are on a budget you can definitely take advantage of these free things to do in Toledo.
Is Toledo, Spain a must see? Although Toledo is a small city there is a lot to discover and the small alleyways have secrets around every bend. But perhaps you don’t have more than a day to spend in Toledo. If so you might enjoy some of these day trips to Toledo from Madrid that include transportation and will save you time and effort.
Toledo has food options for all budget levels. Here are some of our favorite places to eat in Toledo. And of course some of the best places for a wine, cocktail or craft beer. Yes, Toledo has an amazing craft beer bar! See below for a handy google map with all these locations and more.
Remember to check out the map below for the addresses of these restaurants.
There are many places to stay within the small city of Toledo. If you can find a place with a roof terrace you’ll experience lovely views. I definitely recommend you use HotelsCombined to compare lodging prices across all booking engines when searching for accommodations. And you can click the links below to get more information and availability for each option.
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If you are only visiting Toledo for a weekend you will probably be able to see all the sights on foot. However, Toledo is quite hilly so if you are not up for that there are other options to get around.
As mentioned above if you are arriving by train or bus you can access the city on the hill via escalators near Puerta de Alfonso VI. The location is marked on the map below, and the escalators are open from 7am to 10pm daily. There are also local buses to Plaza Zocodover. Of course you can also walk up and down the hill, it offers lovely views and takes about 15-20 minutes if you are in reasonable shape and aren’t dragging a lot of luggage like me.
There is a tourist sightseeing “train” that you can use to get around – get tickets here. Or check out the hop-on-hop-off bus. And of course you can hire a taxi to get you around the city.
Use this map to create your own self-guided walking tour of Toledo. All of the above locations (and more) are included on the below map which you can view on your computer or smartphone. Click here to access the map. If you open it when you are logged into Google you should also be able to access it in the Google Maps app on your phone. I hope it helps you find some amazing places and fun things to do in Toledo.
I hope you liked this weekend guide to Toledo and that you enjoy your visit to this fascinating place. Be sure to check out our other articles about Spain linked below.
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