What to do during 2 days in Toledo?
Toledo is a city that takes more than one day to visit. It is convenient to dedicate Toledo a complete weekend, you will need at least two or 3 days to see the most important places in the city. This is so, because you have to know this city by day and also during the night.
I propose these different itineraries depending on the number of days you have. If you want to know the essential places in Toledo, click on this link.
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Itineraries Visit Toledo on a weekend
1 Day in Toledo
If you arrive early in Toledo on the first day you can do this tour:
In the morning
Get in Toledo by the Bisagra Gate. Get to Zocodover and have a coffee there. This square is one of the liveliest in the city.
Continue your journey to the Mosque of “El Cristo de la luz”, if you are in time and you are not very hungry visit the “Catedral Primada”. Keep in mind that this cathedral is huge, so you’re going to need at least an hour (or more) to visit.
After make a stop to eat something. My recommendation is to try the carcamusas. It’s a typical dish of Toledo that can be ordered as “tapa” (small quantity) or as “racion” (bigger quantity). Your choice!
Here are some places to eat in Toledo.
In the Afternoon
After lunch, go to the Alcántara Bridge and enjoy the history of Toledo.
Then, up to the National Library, in the Alcazar building, but at the entrance opposite to the army museum. There you can enjoy magnificent views of the city.
Continue your visit to the Jesuit Church and know the Caves of Hercules.
During the sunset, go to the Mirador del Valle with the camera and enjoy the panoramic views of the city.
At night you can do the guided tour of the Underground Toledo.
And then relax yourself on the terrace of the Carlos V hotel with a good drink. The gintonics are great and you can also enjoy the city at night.
2 days in Toledo
In the Morning stroll the Jewish quarter
Know the history and culture of Toledo’s medieval Jewish community. Stroll through its most emblematic streets and visit its most outstanding monuments.
Some of the must-see places you have to visit are “La sinagoga del Transito” (Sephardic Museum), the Synagogue “Santa Maria la Blanca” and the Monastery of “San Juan de los Reyes”.
But since all these visits take their time, I have divided this day in two, considering the places closest between each other and also those ones I think you could visit with enough time. I’ll tell you later.
Visit The Museum of the Greco
We start the second day in Toledo visiting the Museo del Greco. One of the essentials of the city without 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 his personality in the Toledo of the early seventeenth century.
In the museum we will be able to see a multifaceted painter and learn how the 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 bought the “Marques de la Vega-Inclán” with the intention of recreating what could have been the house of the Greco. In one part we will see the recreation of the house of the Greco around the Toledo courtyard and in the other, we will see the Museum.
Depending on the dates, there are temporary exhibitions and cultural programs in the museum. Consult them before your trip.
Sephardic Museum Synagogue “del transito”
The Synagogue “del transito” is from the fourteenth century and was ordered to be built by “Samuel ha Levi”. Over the centuries it changed its role, in addition to a synagogue, it was a church, and an archive of military orders, hermitage and now sephardic Museum.
The Sephardic Museum was created in 1964 by decree and located in the Spain’s largest Hispanic-Jewish building, the Samuel ha-Levi Synagogue, also known as Synagogue “del transito”. It’s at the heart of the Jewish quarter of toledo.
In this museum you will learn about the history of Judaism and its way of life. About the Jews throughout their history. You’ll see archaeological finds plus also temporary and permanent exhibitions.
Church of “Santo Tome”
The church is believed to have been founded in 1085 by Alfonso VI after the reconquest.
The first building was Mudejar and from it is preserved the arch that separates the main presbitery hall and some decorations.
The church was rebuilt in the early 14th century by Lord of Orgaz, Don Gonzalo Ruiz de Toledo.
The tower is one of the elements that endures from the primitive church. They can be observed the carved pieces from the Visigothic era. Its shape is square because it follows the schemes of the minarets .
In the 16th and 17th centuries further reforms were made. In 1972 the Greco painting museum was renewed with a separate entrance for visitors.
In the inside you’re going to see valuable sculptures from different eras and five Chapels. The main chapel draws attention for its Gothic style.
But certainly by which most visitors come to the church of “Santo Tome” it’s because of the painting of Count Orgaz’s burial (“Entierro del Conde Orgaz”). The picture depicting the don Gonzalo Ruiz de Toledo, known as Count Orgaz or Lord Orgaz. This 14th-century nobleman was buried in this church and during his burial happened a miracle: Saints St. Augustine and St. Stephen came down from heaven to bury him, while a voice was heard saying, “Such an accolade receives who serves God and his saints.”
The miracle was recognized in 1583 and the parish priest of the church wanted to leave testimony of this fact and commissioned a canvas to preside over the chapel of the Lord of Orgaz. For this purpose he had the best painter of the time: Doménikos Theotokópoulos, better known by the nickname El Greco.
Address: Plaza del Conde 4
By now, it’s time to eat something, so our recommendation is that you don’t ger too far and eat something in the Jewish quarter.
The afternoon of the second day in Toledo
The afternoon is already somewhat quieter, we will visit the Monastery of “San Juan de los Reyes”, the bridges of “San Martín” and “Puerta del Cambrón”. If you like you can throw yourself through the zip line and in the evening we recommend that you make the route through the Magical Toledo.
Monastery San Juan de los Reyes
The Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes de Toledo is one of the most beautiful gothic temples of Spain. After the cathedral, it is the largest Gothic temple in the City.
It was built to bury the Catholic Monarchs, they were themselves who ordered to build it in thanksgiving for the victory of the Battle of Toro in 1476. In this battle was settled definitively the war for succession to the throne in favor of Princess Elizabeth.
The works began in 1477 and in 1496 the works were almost finished.
If you want to know more about its history I leave you this link to expand the information.
The Cloister is the most beautiful thing of the monastery. It has two floors and a garden that evokes to the Garden of Eden. We can see trees of arrayanes, a cypress, an orange tree, and other species that provide harmony, ideal for escaping the noise of the city.
Bridge St. Martin’s
The bridge of San Martín de Toledo was built in the Gothic period and was part of the city’s defensive system.
You can see its arches and its defensive towers and of course you can cross it to enjoy the views.
Regarding the date of its construction is not known for certain. But it’s done the reference to this section of the Tajo river in 12th-century documents. Here there was a ancient bridge since Arab times, which was destroyed by the flooding of the river. Under the water, next to one of the towers, lie the remains of a Mudejar tower, it’s called Baño de la Cava.
The new bridge was partially destroyed in the 14th century by the battles between the kings of Castilla “Pedro I el Cruel” and his half-brother “Enrique II de Trastámara”.
During the middle age, taxes were levied on the different goods that crossed over here, in order to finance the public works of the time.
The bridge suffered several reforms over time. In 1921 it was declared as National Monument and beared with the passage of vehicle traffic until 1976. Every day you can only pass on foot.
Gate del Cambrón
The Cambrón Gate is one of the historic entrances of the city and is the only one by which you can go through with the car.
Is of Arab origin and from this time remains the ground floor. The rest is from the sixteenth century, as a result of a restoration that was done in 1572 to 1577. During the civil war in 1936 was seriously damaged.
Zip lines of Toledo
If you want to live and see Toledo from another angle. Dare to throw yourself through the zip lines. They are next to the St. Martin’s Bridge, the entrance costs 10 euros and you don’t have to book in advance. They are also accessible to everyone
Route through the Magical Toledo, the city’s most famous night guided tour and one of the best valued.
It leads to visit another side of the city, underground tunnels, streets, alleys and enchanted corners that tell you stories of witches and wizards. Without doubt a very interesting experience in Toledo.
3 days in Toledo
Yes your third day in Toledo is on a Sunday take advantage that you will have the entrance to the Alcazar and the cathedral for free.
Alcazar de Toledo, on Sundays the visit is free
The Alcazar de Toledo is located on the highest hill of the city. Since the beginning when was a Roman pretory an then as a Muslim alcazaba. This building always had a defensive function.
The building that we see now was ordered bullt by Charles V the emperor, in order to have a residence. To this end, the former medieval castle was almost completely destroyed .
Throughout his history had different uses, was the Jail of the crown, a barracks military headquarters workshop, all this before hosting the Academy of Infantry.
Suffered several fires and in 1936, during the Spanish Civil War, it was destroyed almost completely.
In 1940 its reconstruction began and since 2010 houses the Army Museum. Where you can see temporary exhibitions, archaeological remains and everything related to the army.
On the other side we can visit the Library of Castilla-La Mancha, and from there, enjoy some of the most beautiful views of Toledo. (the entrance is free to the library)
To be consider:
- The museum is closed on Mondays and some national holidays.
- The visiting hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Museum of Santa Cruz
The Museum of Santa Cruz is located in the old Hospital de Santa Cruz which it was founded by Cardinal Pedro González de Mendoza, as a general hospital.
It was built in the early decades of the 16th century after the death of its founder in 1495. And it is a masterpiece of the Spanish Renaissance.
Without doubts will draw your attention to the cover dedicated to the Holy Cross, the cloister and the ladder of Covarrubias.
In we can see different temporary exhibitions and contemplate the wonderful architecture of the place.
Address: C/ Miguel de Cervantes, 3
Hospital of Tavera
The Tavera or San Juan Bautista hospital is a Renaissance-style building which was built between 1541 and 1603 by order of Cardinal Tavera.
Has a palatial atmosphere, a pictorial, sculptural and mobile collection of the Golden Century very important. The hospital pharmacy is fully preserved of that time.
It is outside the walls, in front of the Bisagra Gate. It was born with the function of being a hospital for “the touched by different diseases” and as pantheon of the founder, Cardinal Juan pardo Tavera.
The project was entrusted to Alonso Covarrubias, who was facing for the first time to a work on an empty lot. I had to start from scratch, without a model preconceived, but to suit the cardinal’s plans. He thought that the best model was the large private Roman double-patio house described by Vitruvius and he knew thanks to an engraving. Thus he renounced the plateresque decoration by proportions and the Symmetry.
The museum exhibits, in addition to an important collection of flaminge furniture and tapestries from 16th and 17th-century, the aforementioned pinacoteca that brings together works from El Greco, Luca Giordano, Zurbarán, Tintoretto, Pantoja de la Cruz, Carreño de Miranda, Sanchez Coello, among others.
Park of “La Vega”
Between the door of the Bisagra and the Hospital de Tavera we have the Parque de la Vega or Merchán Walk.
On its beginnings this place was a decanty, until Mariscal Pedro de Navarra y la cueva in 1538 ordered the cleaning and arrangement as an explanade. His intention was that in this space will be held parades, tournaments games and acts of royalty and Nobility. There are documented acts attended by Emperor Charles V.
Also Toledo festivities were held, until they decided to transfer them to a fairground, quite ugly by the way, on the outskirts of Toledo.
On our days it helds public markets, the medieval market that is usually held in May is also done here and there is also a tourist office for who wants a map or have more information.
Toledo owes its name to Marco Fulbio Nobilior who conquered it in 192 BC and named it Toletum.
The ruins are are located on both sides of Avenida Carlos III. In this circus they had made mainly, car racing.
The Roman Circus of Toledo was built during the 1st century and operated until the 4th century.
During the beginning of the Muslim stage, the circus stands were used by the merchants to locate their establishments. It was later used as a Cemetery. Moreover, today the medieval cemetery remains there and you can see many vestiges.
During the Lower Middle Ages, this area was left abandoned and was gradually buried and was forgotten by the Toledans.
Today it is integrated into the park “School Field” and wherever the Roman theater was, today there is built a school.
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How about these visits for a weekend in Toledo? Did you imagine there was so much to see in the city of three cultures? So, you know now, plan a two or three day trip to Toledo and discover this wonderful city, full of art and history.
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