Toledo tours and excursions
Segway and driving tours
There are two other novel, albeit relatively expensive ways of seeing Toledo with a guide, both provided by E-Tur. More adventurous visitors can try a Segway, a two-wheeled self-balancing electric scooter designed specifically for urban use. There are four routes around town, accompanied by a tour guide (also on a Segway). The other option is to squash into the tiny E-Tur micro-car, specially designed for areas such as Toledo where the streets are very narrow, and take a driver-guided tour.Tel: +34 925 256 585.
Cuentame Toledo offers a variety of tours: the free tour, departing weekdays at 1700 and weekends at 1300, which offers an introduction to the city, and a number of paid tours. These take place day and night and include Subterranean Toledo, Toledo Cathedral and a tour of a number of convents. A family-friendly tour brings Toledo to life through fairytale stories of princes, princesses and witches.Tel: +34 608 935 856.
Toledo is usually regarded as an excursion from Madrid. However if you wish to turn the tables, the capital is only a 35-minute train ride away from Atocha station. For art lovers this couldn't be more convenient. Immediately opposite is the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, which holds a world-class collection of 20th-century art, including Picasso's Guernica. The world-famous Museo del Prado is only a five-minute walk from here as is the magnificent Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, regarded by many critics as the most important privately gathered art collection in the world. If the sun is shining, the Parque del Retiro is only a short walk from the galleries, and hiring a boat on its picturesque lake is a favourite pastime for Madrileños.Tel: +34 91 588 1636.
Cabañeros National Park
About an hour away from Toledo by car, this national park is an extraordinary retreat from the busy city life of nearby Madrid. With rolling fields, rugged mountain ranges and forestland, you may be surprised by just how ancient and unspoilt it all is. There are plenty of deer and wild boar to make the acquaintance of, as well as numerous bird species, must notably eagles. With some 45,000 hectares to cover, your best bet is to call ahead and book a guided tour by 4x4.Tel: +34 926 77 53 84.