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Enjoy a Moorish massage

Wander the streets of Toledo and you will see the city bears calligraphy, arches and decorative tiles – the beauty marks of a Moorish past. For an insight into Moorish culture, unwind in Medina Mudejar (+34 925 229 314; www.medinamudejar.com) whose steam rooms, warm baths and massages all take place in charming and suitably decorative surrounds.

Fly over the Tagus River

There are lots of gems among the winding cobblestone alleys of Toledo Old Town: the Gothic cathedral, the mighty Alcázar fortress and most unexpectedly, Europe's longest urban zipline. Strap in with Fly Toledo (+34 693 464 845; http://flytoledo.com) and soar from the Old Town over the Tagus River and past the Puente de San Martin bridge.

Follow the river and amble to Aranjuez

Outdoor types with a hankering to hike should leave their compasses at home and use the river as a guide. The Tagus Nature Trail follows the waterway for 1,000km (621 miles). Head east for a moderate two-day ramble, which connects Toledo with Aranjuez, another delightful UNESCO site.

Ride the railway under your own steam

With many of Spain's rural railway lines disused, the abandoned routes have been transformed into Greenways for cyclists and walkers to enjoy. Choose pedal power and explore under your own steam. The Jara Greenway is a beautiful stretch that cuts through the Montes de Toledo range towards La Villuerca.

Try some wine with a difference at a vineyard in Valdepeñas

Set your sights on La Mancha, one of the world's largest vine-growing regions, to sip some of Spain's spectacular wines. Vintage Spain (+34 947 310 126; www.vintagespain.com) offer groups tours of the vineyards, where guests can try a selection of red and white wine, including those made in earthenware jars - known as tinajas - at Valdepeñas.

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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.

Posada de Peregrinos

It's not exactly luxurious, but you'll be hard pushed to find a better value-for-money bed for the night in Toledo. What's more, it's set in a handsome historic building right next to the hulking medieval gateway Puerta de Bisagra, while the lady who runs the place is an expert on what to see and do in Toledo – and she likes to talk.