Cibeles Fountain, City Hall
Repositioning for Our Madrid Tour
On day 8 we repositioned from Granada to our Madrid Tour. We stopped along the way at Toledo to tour the city. At the viewpoint south of the city, you could see the entire town encircled on 3 sides by the Tagus River. Toledo has seen such a large influx of tourists. To accommodate the crowds, parking has been added on the edge of the city and a series of escalators then help everyone reach the old town. The escalators delivered us to Zocodover Plaza next to the Alcazar, which was the starting point for our walking tour.
Alcazar, Toledo, Spain
Toledo Walking Tour
Toledo is famous for its knives, swords and armor. As soon as we began wandering the narrow streets, the fully clad knights began appearing in store fronts. Tourists can purchase a full suit of amor and have it shipped home. After a short while, we reached the small plaza which faces the Cathedral of Toledo and the Town Hall. We visited the Church of Santo Tomé to view a famous painting by El Greco.
San Martin Bridge, Toledo, Spain
In the Jewish Quarter, we toured the Santa Maria la Blanca synagogue, which is the oldest synagogue in Europe. It’s strange, but the synagogue has been owned by the Roman Catholic Church since 1405. We walked past the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and crossed the San Martin Bridge over the Tagus River to complete the tour. Toledo provided an entertaining afternoon with a bit of exercise too. We finished the day by driving to our hotel in Madrid.