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Alcázar

The finest building in Toledo is probably the Alcázar, which looms down from the city's highest hill. Archaeological evidence points to both a Roman and Islamic fortified position here; today, it's a tribute to the might of Carlos V, Spanish King and holding the title of Holy Roman Emperor, who ordered the construction of the royal castle in the 16th century.

Address: , Calle de la Union, Toledo,
Telephone: +34 925 23 88 00.
Opening times:

Thu-Tue 1000-1630.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Catedral de Toledo

The cathedral of Toledo is one of Spain's largest and finest cathedrals – fitting for the country's former capital. Don't miss the Sacristy art collection, the polychrome high altar screen, the magnificently carved choir stalls or the bizarre Transparente, where a hole has been cut into the main chapel for extra light.

Address: , Calle Cardenal Cisneros, Toledo,
Telephone: +34 925 222 241.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 1000-1800; Sun 1400-1800.

Website: http://www.catedraleprimada.es
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes (Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes)

Aside from the cathedral, this is the finest church in the city, intended as the last resting place of the Catholic monarchs and featuring a beautiful cloister. Built by that titanic couple of Spanish history, King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile, the idea was to commemorate the birth of their son and their victory against Portugal.

Address: , Calle San Juan de los Reyes 2, Toledo,
Telephone: +34 925 223 802.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1845 (Mar-Oct); daily 1000-1745 (Oct-Feb).

Website: http://www.sanjuandelosreyes.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Iglesia de Santo Tomé (St Tomé Church)

Dating back some eight centuries, this historic church is one of the most important sights in Toledo. The architectural highlight of the 12th-century building is its fine Mudéjar tower, but the crowds flock here to see El Greco's masterpiece El Entierro del Señor de Orgaz (The Burial of the Count of Orgaz).

Address: , Plaza del Conde, Toledo,
Telephone: +34 925 256 098.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1845 (Mar-Oct); daily 1000-1745 (Oct-Feb).

Website: http://www.santotome.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Sinagoga de Santa María la Blanca (Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca)

The oldest and biggest of Toledo's surviving synagogues, this building is a masterpiece of finely carved wall panels and classic white Mudéjar horseshoe arches. It dates all the way back to the 12th century and is fascinating in part for its combination of Moorish and Christian-Spanish styles in the construction of a Jewish temple, thought to be one of the oldest still standing. Its sculpted pillars are beautiful.

Address: , Calle de los Reyes Católicos 4, Toledo,
Telephone: +34 925 227 257.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1845 (Mar-Oct), daily 1000-1745 (Oct-Feb).

Website:
Admission Fees: Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Sinagoga del Transito/Museo Sefardi (Synagogue del Transito/Sephardic Museum)

Built in 1466 the side rooms of this synagogue now house a museum dedicated to the Jews in Spain, though the main hall with its magnificent friezes and ceiling is what lingers longest in the mind. This and the surrounding Jewish Quarter are important remnants of Spanish Jews, who were tragically expelled from the country in later years.

Address: , Calle Samuel Levi, Toledo,
Telephone: +34 925 223 665.
Opening times:

Tues-Sat 0930-1800 (Nov-Feb); 0930-1930 (Mar-Oct); Sun 1000-1500.

Website: http://www.mecd.gob.es/msefardi
Admission Fees: Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Church of Santiago del Arrabal / Iglesia de Santiago del Arrabal

Walking through the imposing Puerta de Bisagra, one of the main gateways to Toledo's historic centre, brings you in a few steps to the Church of Santiago del Arrabal, one of the most impressive Mudejar religious buildings in the city. While the church was built in the 13th century, its tower dates back to the 12th century, and the pulpit inside is one of the finest examples of Mudejar plasterwork in the city.

Address: , Calle Real de Arrabal, Toledo,
Telephone: +34 925 23 80 16.
Opening times:

Tues-Fri 0900-2000; Sun 0900-1100.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

The Caves of Hercules

The so-called Caves of Hercules are a palimpsest offering insight into the many different eras of Toledo's history. First built as part of the Roman water network, the site might have also been a temple, while it also became an early church under the Visigoths. Later, there is some evidence suggesting the mysterious site was used for Islamic religious ceremonies. Today's it's a rare window onto the past, cutting through 2,000 years of history.

Address: , Callejón San Ginés 3, Toledo,
Telephone: +34 925 25 30 80.
Opening times:

Tues-Fri 1200-1400, 1600-1800, Sat 1800-2000.

Website: http://consorciotoledo.org/patrimonio
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Iglesia San Román/Museo de Los Concilios Visigodos (San Román Church/Museum of the Visigothic Councils)

This wonderful 13th-century church, part Moorish, part Christian, and boasting original frescoes is home to a museum of Visigoth relics (concilios were the councils of the Western Visigothic Church held in Toledo in the 7th century). Some of the artefacts in the museum, including reliefs, paintings, metalwork and more, date all the way back to the 6th century.

Address: , Calle de San Román, Toledo,
Telephone: +34 925 227 872.
Opening times:

Tues-Sat 1000-1430, 1400-1900; Sun 1000-1430.

Website:
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Tourist Offices

Patronato Municipal de Turismo de Toledo

Address: , Plaza del Consistorio 1, Toledo,
Telephone: +34 925 254 030.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1800

Website: http://www.toledo-turismo.com

The main tourist office by the cathedral offers maps, plenty of advice on planning your tour of the city and other information. There are other tourist offices including in Paseo de la Rosa (daily 0930-1500), and Zocodover (daily 1000-1900).

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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.

Parador Conde de Orgaz

If you have your own transport and fancy escaping the hustle and bustle of the admittedly tiny Toledo, Parador Conde de Orgaz just outside the city is a clear winner. Set in a stone building typical of the region, the property enjoys incredible views of Toledo below. The grounds are wonderful for a stroll.

El Refugio de Cristal

With extensive grounds, handsome rooms, fantastic views and a design that mixes the modern with the rustic, El Refugio de Cristal is one of the best casa rurals (rural houses) in the area. It's a bit of a way out of the city, which partly explains the modest price tag, but definitely worth seeking out if you want to combine a city break with a rustic retreat.