This Friday we took a train from Atocha Station in Madrid to Toledo. Roundtrip tickets cost us just 10.30 euros per person and the train was quick - only 33 minutes!
This quick getaway was made possible by the parents of my First Grade class. As a thank you present, they got me a Wonderbox for a hotel night stay and breakfast in Spain, France, the Netherlands, etc. We ended up choosing to stay at Hotel Eurico in Toledo after we discovered that all the options for La Rioja were booked up in July.
Toledo - the three cultures cityToledo is a fantastic place to visit, for many reasons.
~ It's a nice day trip from Madrid.
~ It has tons of history - there are remains from the Muslim, Jewish and Christian people who lived there.
~ It is stunningly beautiful.
~ It's the Spanish Gastronomic Capital for 2016.
What we visitedOn Friday we arrived around 6pm and decided to walk up to our hotel. We chose to stay in the center, close to the Santa María de Toledo Cathedral, at Hotel Eurico. While the cathedral is beautiful during the day, it is spectacular at night when it's lit up.
We walked around a bit before stumbling into the San Agustín Market, which is quite nice but at 7pm was almost empty. It has a modern design with a natural twist - elements of metal, wood, glass and even a wall covered in live plants. If you've ever been to La Caixa Forum in Madrid, it's similar.
After relaxing, we bought tickets for the 8:30pm tourist train. It's the perfect time to take it if you want to see the sunset from the Ermita del Valle viewpoint (and you're willing to abandon the trip, and then walk the 35 minutes back to town.) The train leaves from Zocodover Square and you are provided with headphones to listen as it chugs along.
Once the train reaches the viewpoint, the driver lets you get out to take pictures. At this point we found a nice spot to watch the magical transformation of Toledo at sunset to Toledo lit up for the night.
The walk back to the city wasn't too bad and we decided to return to the market for a quick tapas dinner before turning in for the night.
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