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Trip List by LPWilliams

Toledo Day-Trip from Madrid: Oct 2013

17 Jan 2014  Seeing the World
0.0 of 5 stars based on 0 votes

Toledo Attractions.
Day travel from Maidrid.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Madrid, Toledo
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Seniors, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Fall
  • 1. Toledo Day-Trip from Madrid
    /members/LPWilliams

    Welcome to my Trip Advisor (TA) Trip List - I hope it proves useful to you.

    This Trip List is actually an 'Annex' TL to my Madrid Trip List, since I visited Toledo (and a day later Segovia) on a day-trip from Madrid.

    You can access my other Trip Lists by clicking my TA 'name' link which is located just above the title of this Trip List.

    Alternatively, if signed-in, you can access my TA Member Profile webpage using the link at the top of this section.

  • 2. Madrid Trip List
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    See my separate 'parent' Trip List, accessed via the link above, which covers my 7 full-day trip to Madrid and the 2 separate day-trips I made from Madrid to Toledo and Segovia.

  • 3. Segovia Trip List
    /GoListDetail-i38930

    See my separate 'Annex' Trip List, accessed via the link above, which covers my other day-trip to Segovia.

  • 4. TA Help - Madrid Day Trip to Toledo
    Madrid

    The link above is to the TA article on the Madrid community pages covering a day-trip to Toledo from Madrid.

    I used this source to help me plan my journey to Toledo and formulate a general plan, taking into account that it might not be fully up to date on transport details etc....

  • 5. Toledo - Introduction and What I Visited
    Toledo, Province of Toledo

    The link above is to the main TA webpage for the Toledo attractions, from where you have rated-lists and links.

    This Trip List will specifically cover the day-trip I made from Madrid to Toledo - my main Madrid TL can be accessed from section 2 above; it also includes details of the other separate day-trip I made from Madrid to Segovia.

    I went to the historical city of Toledo as I was in Madrid for long enough to allow excursions and it, along with Segovia, seemed to offer something different along with seeming to be the closet/easiest to get to from Madrid !

    I went on the final 2 full-days I had in Madrid, mainly as I wanted to ensure that I had 'exhausted' my time viewing the capital by then but also because weekdays were apparently the better time to visit as weekends were the 'busy' times....

    I got lucky with the weather (which was good for both days) - something which I feel is more important for Toledo/Segovia rather than Madrid since you are likely to be outside more, they are at a higher altitude than Madrid and you are more likely to want to see skyline/distant views from high vantage points etc.

    I think that Toledo is more of an 'inside-visiting' place whereas Segovia is an 'outside-visiting' place, so the weather is also a factor between the 2...!

    There is a lot on offer in Toledo so, unsurprisingly, it is a popular destination plus the city is 'compact' and easily toured on foot - you only need to use public transport to get there and back !

    I found Toledo to be a very affordable place to visit but somewhat 'touristy', with a large range of shops selling 'tacky' gifts amongst the real attractions. Toledo has a multitude of narrow winding, largely traffic-free, streets to walk around and admire. The views from any vantage are really only of the attractive city centre skyline, as further out is largely featureless 'plain' etc.

    ***It's pertinent here to give a tip from my experience.

    DO NOT be tempted to pay/do the Toledo cathedral tower 'climb (by all means visit the cathedral itself !)'. In my opinion, it is (like the cathedral) rather charmless, tortuous and offers poor/obstructed views from the top.

    Views were much, MUCH better in EVERY respect from the nearby large rooftop walkway of the 'Church of Los Jesuitas', referred to on TA as 'Iglesia de San Ildefonso (Jesuitas)'.

    The 'Church of Los Jesuitas' is one of the 6 attractions included by the good-value (EU8, available to buy from each attraction - it includes a useful city map) 'Toledo Tourist Wristband' (ticket), which I will mention in each review and provide relevant info photos of.

    In this TL I give each attraction I visited at least 1 dedicated section, the first starts by providing a link to the TA individual review of mine which exist in the normal way on each TA 'attraction' webpage. That first section may then complement the separate review with any relevant general information, but for my opinions on the attraction and more information on what I discovered whilst there you obviously need to read that TA separate review !

    Any remaining dedicated sections for each attraction then deal with specific visitor information (eg travel/location tips, entrance times/costs); I usually provide a link to the official website and explain how to navigate it.

    However, before those attraction sections I will continue after this introduction with a section containing information about how I got to/from Toledo-Madrid.

    Do please note that reviews cannot be edited once posted, so I cannot update them to reflect the situation regarding subsequent problems with associated submissions (for example)....

    Those individual reviews are the place to go to view whatever photos/video related to them that I have contributed to TA.

    My Trip List comprises those dedicated sections for each attraction I visited (in MY order of 'popularity'), but so you know what I visited here's my 'visit in order list' (with occasional explanatory annotations) :

    Cathedral of Toledo+Tower

    Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ['Toledo Tourist Wristband' attraction]

    Synagogue of Saint Mary the White (Santa Maria la Blanca) ['Toledo Tourist Wristband' attraction]

    Iglesia de Santo Tome ['Toledo Tourist Wristband' attraction]

    Church of El Salvador ['Toledo Tourist Wristband' attraction]

    Iglesia de San Ildefonso (Jesuitas) ['Toledo Tourist Wristband' attraction]

    Alcazar [Only for a coffee/city view from top-floor cafe]

    Slightly downhill to :
    Mosque of Christ of the Light ['Toledo Tourist Wristband' attraction]
    Hillside viewpoint

    Rest of walk downhill ending at :
    'Puerta de Bisagra' and bus stop to the the railway station

  • 6. To/From Toledo
    http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/

    The link above is to the English-Language webpage of the Spanish rail operator 'RENFE'. I have provided this as I travelled to/from Toledo by train catching a bus from the railway station to the 'city' centre.

    Having said that, I only used the website to establish the train times - I bought my ticket at Atocha railway station (where the train departs from); more on this later down in this section...

    If you want to buy tickets online (I don't recommend it !), there is a TA Forum help article accessed via the link in section 3 above - go to that webpage and access the article-link posted on the right-hand side of the page entitled 'Train tickets: Buying Renfe Tickets Online'.

    The 'AVANT' train journey took less than 1hr and cost me EU20 return. I took the 1020 to Toledo (quiet) and the 1725 back to Madrid (busy) - note that your ticket reserves you a (pre-selectable) seat...

    Buses to/from the railway station to the 'city' centre are frequent and the journey takes less than 10mins. The journey distance might be quite short, but a lot of it is uphill so worth it....!

    Like the train, not that it is very complicated/important, there is again a TA Forum help article accessed via the link in section 3 above providing bus info. Go to that webpage and access the article-link posted on the right-hand side of the page entitled 'Are there buses from the railway station to downtown ?'.

    TRAIN TICKET

    The Atocha ticket office was VERY busy so I asked the staff there about buying a ticket; I was told (incorrectly, as I eventually found out...) that the machines outside the office could not be used with 'foreign' credit cards.

    So, I started to wait at the ticket office (you need to pick-up a number ticket and wait for it to be 'called') before deciding to try the machines outside the office as the wait looked like it was going to be some time.

    *** I WAS able to use the ticket machine without any problem at all; it took about a minute to select my desired travel times/seat reservation (try and get a window, facing the direction of travel !) and pay for the machine-printed ticket by credit card using my PIN...!

    TRAIN JOURNEY

    Allow some time before the train leaves as prior to departure you have to go through an airline-style security check.

    BUS

    When you arrive at Toledo a throng of salespeople will probably try and get you to buy things and/or a taxi to the city centre - unless you're in a rush/rich (for example) I suggest that you ignore them.

    The required bus stop, with a frequent service, is barely 100m from the railway station - turn right out of railway station and it's located on the nearest side of the main road which the short railway station access road joins on to.

    The bus makes several stops enroute, ultimately arriving in the heart of the city centre on a main road about 100m to the north of the 'Alcazar'. The alighting stop is next to the departure 'bus station located just off the main road in 'Calle Alferez', so if required check the return bus times before you set forth into the city.

    *** HOWEVER, it's worth noting that some attractions are a little outside the centre and 'downhill' - ending, at the base of the hill that the city centre 'sits' on....

    So, my final tips (as you will see from my 'visit in order list' in the previous section) are to end your Toledo visit in the vicinity of the pretty 'final' attraction of 'Puerta de Bisagra', having walked down to it and viewing other attractions on the way, and catch the bus from the stop directly by the 'Puerta'.

    There also some cafes and interesting gift shops in that area, which due to their location tended to be cheaper than those 'uphill' !

  • 7. Iglesia de San Ildefonso (Jesuitas)
    Iglesia de San Ildefonso (Jesuitas), Toledo, Province of Toledo

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos.

    Video is accessed via my Profile video list.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    'An Elegant Interior AND Unbeatable Rooftop Views of the City 'Skyline''.

  • 8. Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
    Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Toledo, Province of Toledo

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos.

    Video is accessed via my Profile video list.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    'A Small but Attractive Monastery with a Delightful Central Courtyard'.

  • 9. Visitor Information for the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
    http://www.sanjuandelosreyes.org/mon/mon4.php

    The link above is to the English-version of the official website of the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.

    The webpage contans all the information that you should need.

  • 10. Cathedral of Toledo
    Cathedral of Toledo, Toledo, Province of Toledo

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    'An Average Interior, Drained of Charm as the Cathedral has been Converted into an EXPENSIVE Tourist Attraction'.

  • 11. Visitor Information for the Cathedral of Toledo
    http://www.catedralprimada.es/catedral/primada/eng/

    The link above is to the English-version of the official website of the Cathedral of Toledo.

    The opening webpage has contains cultural information links at the top which are in English.

    Visitor information is, as far as I can see, only available in Spanish, by first selecting the bottom left-hand link entitles 'museos',

  • 12. Synagogue of Saint Mary the White (Santa Maria la Blanca)
    Synagogue of Saint Mary the White (Santa Maria la Blanca), Toledo, Province of Toledo

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos.

    'A Small but Internally Attractive Church with Nicely-Patterned Walls'.

  • 13. Iglesia de Santo Tome
    Iglesia de Santo Tome, Toledo, Province of Toledo

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos.

    'A Small but Quite Pretty Church with Some Pleasant Internal Features'.

  • 14. Church de El Salvador
    Church de El Salvador, Toledo, Province of Toledo

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    'An Old, Pretty, Quaint and Small Church with a Pleasant View from the Tower'.

  • 15. Alcazar - Biblioteca de Castilla-La Mancha
    Alcazar - Biblioteca de Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo, Province of Toledo

    I didn't visit the Alcazar as such (it apparently contains several 'attractions'), but can recommend a visit to the cafe on the top floor which offers some decent, but slightly restrictive, city views from the perimeter windows and a decently-priced coffee/cake temptation !

    I also liked the overall appearance of the building, best gained from the marvellous rooftop viewing area of the Iglesia de San Ildefonso (Jesuitas) - see section 6 above for the link to my review...

  • 16. Mosque of Christ of the Light
    Mosque of Christ of the Light, Toledo, Province of Toledo

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos.

    'Interesting Architecture, Internally Unimpressive.