Toledo is 70 km from Madrid, the city with the nearest international airport. The other airports are in Salamanca and Valladolid. Due to its rich heritage and monuments, Toledo was crowned a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1986. How the city came to be today is the result of a rich historical journey. In addition to that, it has hosted important events such as Visigothic Councils of Toledo.
To get to the city you can opt for a local flight or drive with a rented car. The drive is amazing, for you will get to experience the beautiful landscape. So it is vital to rent a car in Toledo and pick it up at the airport. Toledo is located on a mountain top with a 150 degree view. It is surrounded by 3 bends of Tagus River. This makes a drive into the city a pleasant task.
Alcoázar, a historic site built in the 16th century, is on the highest point in Toledo. However, in its lifetime it has undergone numerous alterations. It has had many occupants, at some point having been a royal residence, a military academy, a prison, and a military museum. Catedral de Toledo is another historical monument originating from the 13th century. The area where the cathedral lies has been a point of worship since the Visigothic occupation. The cathedral itself is gothic, with a merger of several styles such as Mudejar and Spanish renaissance. The cathedral contains amazing features, artwork, and has a charming history. Other historic sites include the Tavera hospital, El Greco house and museum, and Santo Domingo El Antiguo monastery, among others.
Toledo is associated with several well celebrated holidays throughout the year. All the celebration venues can be accessed with a car for rent in Toledo. The Virgen Del Valle takes place in May, at the Ermita de la Virgin Del Valle. Easter is in spring. It takes place for a whole week with processions in the city. Monasteries are open to public at this time of year, so you can take advantage of that. Corpus Christi, which originated in the 13th century, is accompanied by a beautiful procession in the city. In August at the Cathedral, Virgen Del Sagrario is celebrated. The processions for this are inside the church.
With so much culture and history in Toledo, you might need to get out sometime. Take a drive through the beautiful countryside. The area is characterised by flat plains, tall mountains, sierras, and hunting reserves, making for a spectacular view. Talavera, on the banks of river Tajo, is 76 km from Toledo. However, its pottery, tiles, and the beautiful 15th century bridge, Puente De Santa Catalina, are a must see. For dinner you can go over to the famous El Bohio in Illescas, 35 km from Toledo.
A trip to the city of Toledo is memorable. The many historical sites and scenic drives through the surrounding areas with a car from a car rental in Toledo will remain in your mind for a very long time. It will not be a wonder if you go back to see more of the charming world heritage site.
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