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Getting around Toledo

Public transport

You can cover Toledo relatively easily on foot. Most places of interest are close to one another, though steep streets and cobblestones can take their toll.

The local bus company is Unauto (tel: +34 925 232 210; www.unauto.es). Most lines run from Plaza de Zocodover. Line 12, the Circular Casco Histórico, makes a round trip of the historic city.

To get the bigger picture, take a ride on the Zocotren (tel: +34 914 292 767; www.busvision.net/en/package/toledo-trainvision-2-2). This is a small land train, with pre-recorded tourist information in Spanish, English and French, which runs through part of Toledo then around the perimeter allowing you to enjoy its spectacular location and picture-postcard panoramas. The trip runs daily every 30 to 60 minutes from the Plaza de Zocodover and the full circuit takes 50 minutes.

Taxis

Radio Taxis (tel: +34 925 255 050) are a reliable taxi firm in Toledo.

Driving

The easiest way to explore the city is on foot, but a car is helpful if you're planning to tour the region.

Car hire

Car hire is available from Europcar (tel: +34 925 621 115; www.europcar.es) and Hertz (tel: +34 925 056 183; www.hertz.com). All major national and international car hire companies operate from Madrid airport. Always park in a secure place if possible, and beware of theft of belongings from vehicles.

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Carlos V Hotel

For a bit of old-time glamour, look no further than Carlos V – the likes of Rita Hayworth and John Wayne once stayed in this handsome property. Today the hotel prides itself on offering affordable accommodation in the heart of the city, with great views from its outdoor terrace, while the dining room, whose sweeping arches bear Arabic script, is a must-see.

Hotel Pintor El Greco

This charming and characterful 17th-century former bakery set around a courtyard and boasting light fresh modern colourful bedrooms enjoys a peaceful location in the Jewish Quarter of Toledo. It's named after the city's favourite painter, El Greco, whose museum is right next door.

Fontecruz Palacio Eugenia de Montijo

Toledo's newest luxury hotel is set in a medieval palace in a quiet street 200m (656ft) from the cathedral, is equipped with five-star classic French-style luxury bedrooms, a state-of-the-art spa and one of the city's top restaurants. It doesn't get much more glamorous than this for the price.

Cigarral de Caravantes

Set in a very quiet location across the river and enjoying magnificent views of Toledo from its bucolic patio and outdoor swimming pool, this well-equipped country-style Toledo hotel has a real rustic charm, yet is only a 10-minute walk from the Jewish Quarter of the city.

Hotel del Cardenal

In a wonderful garden setting just inside Toledo's city walls by the main Bisagra gate, this former 18th-century palace of the Archbishop of Toledo has been tastefully restored offering simple rooms and an excellent restaurant. Relatively out of the way, it's something of a quiet haven.

Hostal Centro

Set in the very heart of Toledo, this basic hotel offers great value, with all rooms having their own shower and air conditioning plus a good-size roof top solarium (sunbathing area) with loungers looking onto the Toledan skyline.