A getaway to Toledo

By | 15 July, 2015 | 0 comments

ToledoBarely 30 minutes by train from Atocha station and from our hotels in the centre of Madrid, thanks to the AVE high-speed train, you can get to the historical city of Toledo, the city of three cultures (Christian, Jewish and Muslim). Make the most of your stay in Madrid and visit one of the most unique cities in Europe that is currently enjoying the festivities of the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco, this city’s most representative artist. As well as the attractions in the historical villa, there is a series of activities that you will no doubt enjoy, such as music on bar terraces that will entertain the city on weekends in July and August. Which bars? Bars such as The Times, El Búho or Summerland will be taking part in this initiative, the details of which you can find here.

You must also see its August Festival, which runs from the 12th until the 18th, a religious festival whose highlight is the donation of supposedly miraculous water from the wells of the Cathedral’s cloister.

And if last year was the year of El Greco, this year is, the year of Saint Teresa of Jesus, born in the city of Ávila 500 years ago. For this mystical poetess, Toledo was key in her life, as you can see in the Trail of Santa Teresa de Jesús (Huellas de Santa Teresa), a route that tells us how she wrote books and letters in this city and how she lived secluded here for 18 months. In 1569, she founded the Carmelites convent, which she created, in her own words, “of a bell and a rented house”. It is a free route or a pilgrimage route, present also in other Spanish cities from where you can also get a credential. More information here.

Toledo is also fantastic for great gastronomy. Let its culinary proposals and restaurants like Adolfo seduce you, a restaurant highly recommended by the Repsol Guide. Located in an old Jewish stately home of the 12th century, it serves dishes like Toledo-style quail and desserts like hazelnut cream torrija, a traditional sweet dish from the city. Average price per person is 60 euros and you can find Adolfo on Calle Emperador, s/n. Cheaper yet just as tasty is Casa del Carmen, managed by chef Iván Cerdeño. You can try dishes such as the poultry dish pichón con morteruelo and average dining price is 30 euros. Traditional local cuisine for gourmets, although to sample it you will have to travel six miles out of the city to the town of Olías del Rey.

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