What to do 2 days in Toledo?
Toledo is a city that is visited in more than a day. To Toledo it is convenient to dedicate a weekend, at least two or 3 days you will need to see the most important of the city. This is so, because you have to travel day and night.I propose these different itineraries depending on the number of days you go. If you want to know which are the essential places of Toledo, click on the link.
Itineraries to visit Toledo in a weekend
- 1 day in Toledo
- 2 days in Toledo
- 3 days in Toledo
1 Day in Toledo
If you arrive early in Toledo the first day you can do this tour:
In the morning
Go to the historic center of Toledo through the Puerta De Bisagra. It arrives until Zocodover square and take a coffee there. This square is one of the liveliest in the city.
Continue to the Mosque of “El Cristo de la Luz”, if you go well of time and you are not hungry visit the Primate Cathedral. Keep in mind that this cathedral is immense, so you will need at least an hour (or more) to visit it.
Then make a stop to eat something. My recommendation is that you try the carcamusas. It is a tipicotoledano dish, it can be ordered in top or in ration. You choose.
Here are some places to eat in Toledo. (post in Spanish)
In the afternoon
After lunch, go to the Alcántara Bridge, enjoy the history of Toledo. You went to the National Library, in the Alcázar building, but at the entrance opposite the army museum. There you can enjoy magnificent views of the city.
Continue your visit to the Church of the Jesuits and visit the Hercules Caves.
Go to the Mirador del Valle with the camera and enjoy the panoramic views of the city.
At night you can take a guided tour of the Toledo underground. Then relax on the terrace of the Carlos V hotel with a good drink. The gin and tonics are great and you can also enjoy the city at night.
2 días en Toledo
Morning Tour through the Jewish Quarter
Learn about the history and culture of the medieval Jewish community of Toledo. Stroll through its most emblematic streets and visit its most outstanding monuments. Among the essential places you must visit is the Transit Synagogue (Sephardic Museum), the Santa María la Blanca Synagogue and the San Juan de los Reyes Monastery.
But as all these visits take time , this day I have divided it into two, for the closest places and for those that I think will give you time to visit well. I’ll tell you a little below.
Visit the Museo del Greco
We start the second day in Toledo visiting the El Greco Museum. One of the essentials of the city without a doubt. It is the only museum in Spain dedicated exclusively to this painter. And its purpose is to convey the influence of his work and personality in the Toledo of the early seventeenth century.
In the museum we can see a multifaceted painter and we will learn how El Greco influenced other painters.
We will also see the remains of the house of the XVI-XVII century and the caves in the Jewish quarter that the Marquis de la Vega-Inclan bought with the intention of recreating what could have been El Greco’s house.
In one part we will see the recreation of the El Greco house around the Toledo patio and in the other, we will see the Museum. Depending on the dates, the museum has temporary exhibitions and cultural programs. Consult them before your trip.
Sephardic Museum or the Transit Synagogue
La Sinagoga del Transito dates back to the 14th century and was commissioned by Samuel ha Leví.
During the centuries it changed its function, besides being a synagogue, it was a church, an archive of military orders, a hermitage and now the Sephardic Museum .
The Sephardic Museum was created in 1964 by decree and is located in the most important Spanish-Jewish building in Spain, in the Samuel ha-Levi Synagogue, also known as the Transit Synagogue.
It is in the heart of the Jewry of Toledo. In this museum you will learn about the history of Judaism and its way of life. The Jews throughout history, you will see archaeological finds, also temporary and permanent exhibitions.
Church of Santo Tomé
The church is believed to have been founded in 1085 by Alfonso VI after the reconquest. The first building was Mudejar and from it the arch that separates the main nave from the presbytery and some decorations is preserved.
The church was rebuilt at the beginning of the 14th century by the Lord of Orgaz, Don Gonzalo Ruiz de Toledo. The tower is one of the enduring elements of the early church.
You can see carved pieces from the Visigothic period. Its shape is square because it follows the schemes of the alminaresislámicos.En the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries more reforms were made.
In 1972, the El Greco painting museum is equipped with an independent entrance for visitors. In the interior you will see valuable sculptures from different eras and five chapels. The main chapel is striking for its Gothic style.
No doubt, why most visitors come to the church of Santo Tomé is for the burial of Count Orgaz. The painting depicting Don Gonzalo Ruiz de Toledo, known as the Count Orgaz or “Señor de Órgaz”.
This noble of the fourteenth century was buried in this church and during this there was a miracle: Saint Augustine and Saint Stephen went down to bury him, while a voice was heard saying: “Such a reward receives God and his saints.”
The miracle was recognized in 1583 and the parish priest of the church wanted to testify to this fact and commissioned a painting to preside over the chapel of the Lord of Orgaz.
For this he had the best painter of the time: Doménikos Theotokópoulos, better known by the nickname of El Greco.
Dirección: Plaza del Conde 4.
At lunch time, our recommendation is that you do not go awat very much and eat something in the Jewish quarter.
The afternoon of the second day in Toledo
The afternoon is somewhat calmer, we will visit the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, the bridges of San Martín and the Puerta del Cambrón. If you feel like it you can do zip lines and at night we recommend you to make the route through the Magic Toledo.
San Juan de los Reyes Monastery
The Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes de Toledo is one of the most beautiful gothic temples in Spain. After the cathedral, it is the largest Gothic temple in the city.
It was built to bury the Catholic Monarchs, they ordered it to build in thanksgiving for the victory in the battle of Toro in 1476. In it, the war for the succession to the throne in favor of the Princess Isabel was definitively settled.
The works began in 1477 and in 1496 the works were almost finished. The Cloister, the most beautiful of the monastery. It has two floors and a garden that evokes the Garden of Eden. We can see trees of arrayanes, a cypress, an orange tree, and other species that provide a harmony, ideal to escape the noise of the city.
Saint Martin Bridge
The bridge of San Martín de Toledo was built in the Gothic period and was part of the defensive system of the city. We can see its arches and its defensive towers and of course cross it to enjoy the views.
Regarding the date of its construction, it is not known with certainty. But reference is made to this section of the Tagus in 12th century documents.
Here there was an ancient bridge from Arab times, which was destroyed by the flood of the river. Under the water, next to one of the towers, there are the remains of a Mudejar tower, called Baño de la Cava.
The new bridge was partially destroyed in the fourteenth century by the battles between the kings of Castile Pedro I the Cruel and his stepbrother Enrique II de Trastámara.
During the middle ages, taxes were levied on the different goods that crossed here, in order to finance the public works of the time. He suffered several reforms with the passage of time.
In 1921 it was declared a National Artistic Monument and endured the passage of vehicle traffic until 1976. Today it is only possible to go on foot.
Door of Cambrón
The door of the Cambrón is one of the historical entrances of the city and it is the only one that remains, through which you can pass with the car.
It is of Arab origin and from this period there is only the ground floor. The rest is from the sixteenth century, the result of a restoration that was made in 1572 to 1577.
During the civil war in 1936 it was seriously damaged.
Tirolinas de Toledo
If you want to live and see Toledo from another angle. Dare with the zip lines. They are located next to the San Martín bridge, the entrance costs € 10 and there is no need to book in advance. They are also accessible to all people.
Route through the Magic Toledo
The most famous night tour of the city and one of the best rated. It takes you to visit another side of the city, underground tunnels, streets, alleys and enchanted corners, tell you stories of witches and wizards. Without a doubt a very interesting experience in Toledo.
3 days in Toledo
If your third day in Toledo falls on a Sunday, take advantage of the entrance to the Alcazar and the cathedral for free.
Alcazar de Toledo, on Sundays the visit is free.
The Alcazar of Toledo is located on the highest hill of the city. From its beginnings as a Roman praetorium, continuing as a Muslim stronghold, this building always had a defensive function.
The building we see now was commissioned by Carlos V, the emperor, to build a residence. For this the previous medieval castle was almost completely destroyed.
Throughout its history it had different uses, it was the prison of the Crown, a military barracks, workshop of sederos, all this before hosting the Infantry Academy. It suffered several fires and in 1936, during the Spanish Civil War, it was almost completely destroyed.
In 1940 it began its reconstruction and since 2010 it houses the Army Museum. Where you can see temporary exhibitions, archaeological remains and everything related to the army.
On the opposite side we can visit the Library of Castilla-La Mancha, and from there enjoy some of the most beautiful views of Toledo. (admission is free to the library).
The museum closes on Mondays and some national holidays.
The visiting hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Museum of Santa Cruz
The Santa Cruz Museum is located in the old Santa Cruz Hospital, which was founded by Cardinal Pedro González de Mendoza, as a general hospital. It was built in the first decades of the 16th century after the death of its founder in 1495. And it is a masterpiece of the Spanish Renaissance.
Undoubtedly you will be struck by the cover dedicated to the Holy Cross, the cloister and the staircase of Covarrubias. At present we can see different temporary exhibitions and contemplate the wonderful architecture of the place.
Address: C / Miguel de Cervantes, 3
Hospital de Tavera
The hospital of Tavera or San Juan Bautista is a building of Renaissance style that was built between 1541 and 1603 by order of Cardinal Tavera. It has a palatial atmosphere, a pictorial, sculptural and furniture collection of the Golden Age very important. The hospital pharmacy of that time is preserved in its entirety.
It is located outside the walls, in front of the Door of the Hinge. It was born with the function of being a hospital for “the headgear of different diseases” and pantheon of its founder, Cardinal Juan Pardo Tavera.
The project was entrusted to Alonso Covarrubias, who was facing for the first time a work on an empty lot. He had to start from scratch, without a preconceived model, but one that would adapt to the plans of the cardinal.
He thought that the best model was the great Roman private double-patio house described by Vitruvius and that he knew through an engraving. Thus he renounced plateresque decoration by proportions and symmetry.
The museum exhibits, in addition to an important collection of furniture and Flemish tapestries of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the aforementioned gallery that includes works by El Greco, Luca Giordano, Zurbarán, Tintoretto, Pantoja de la Cruz, Carreño de Miranda, Sánchez Coello , among others.
Park of “La Vega”
Between the Puerta de la Bisagra and the Hospital de Tavera we have the Parque de la Vega or Paseo de Merchán. In its beginnings this place was a dump, until the Marshal Pedro de Navarra and the Cave in 1538 sent the explanación.
His intention was that parades, games and acts of royalty and nobility were held in this space. There are documented events that were attended by the Emperor Charles V. They also celebrated the festivities of Toledo, until they decided to move them to a fairground, quite ugly indeed, on the outskirts of Toledo.
Currently, markets are made, the medieval market that is usually held in May is also done here and there is also a tourist office for which you want a map or expand more information.
Toledo owes its name to Marco Fulbio Nobilior who conquered it in 192 BC and named it Toletum. The ruins are found on both sides of the Carlos III avenue.
In this circus there were mainly car races. The Roman circus of Toledo was built during the 1st century and operated until the 4th century. During the beginning of the Muslim period, the grandstands of the circus were used by merchants to locate their establishments. Later it was used as a cemetery.
Moreover, today the medieval cemetery remains there and at first glance many vestiges can be seen. During the Late Middle Ages, this area was abandoned and little by little it was buried and was forgotten by the people of Toledo.
Currently it is integrated into the park “Campo Escolar” and where the Roman theater was, today there is a school built.
Guided tours in Toledo
What do you think about these visits for a weekend in Toledo? Did you imagine that there was so much to see in the city of the three cultures?
So you know, plan a trip of two or three days through Toledo and discover this wonderful city, full of art and history.