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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.
Website: http://www.segwayguidedtours.com

Walking tours

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.
Website: http://www.cuentametoledo.com

Toledo excursions

Madrid

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.
Website: http://www.esmadrid.com

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.
Website: http://visitacabaneros.es

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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.