An hour south of Madrid by car, Toledo teems with tourists, souvenirs, and great art by day, and delicious dinners, echoes of El Greco, and medieval magic by night. Incredibly well-preserved and full of cultural wonder, the entire city has been declared a national monument. Enthroned in its history, this stony wonderland remains the historic, artistic, and spiritual center of Spain.
At a Glance
▲▲▲ Cathedral One of Europe's best, with a marvelously vast interior and great art.
▲▲ Santa Cruz Museum Renaissance building housing wonderful artwork, including 15 El Grecos.
▲▲ Army Museum Covers all things military — with the glaring exception of Spain's controversial civil war — and located in the imposing fortress, the Alcázar.
▲ Santo Tomé Simple chapel with El Greco's masterpiece, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.
▲ El Greco Museum Small collection of paintings, including the View and Plan of Toledo, El Greco's panoramic map of the city.
▲ Museo Victorio Macho Collection of 20th-century Toledo sculptor's works, with expansive river-gorge view.
▲ San Juan de los Reyes Monasterio Church/monastery intended as final resting place of Isabel and Ferdinand.
Visigothic Museum Romanesque church housing the only Visigothic artifacts in town.
Sinagoga del Tránsito Museum of Toledo's Jewish past.
Sinagoga de Santa María la Blanca Synagogue that harmoniously combines Toledo's three religious influences: Jewish, Christian, and Moorish.