Best Things to Do in Toledo Spain

Are you planning a trip to Toledo and trying to decide what things to do while you are here?

Let’s take a look at some of the things you should put on your to-do in Toledo list.

  • Shopping
  • Eating
  • Sightseeing
  • Toledo at night

Shopping in Toledo

The historic area of Toledo Spain has something for everyone. The most common items that you will see in gift shops are:

  • Marzipan
  • Swords
  • Knives
  • Damascene Jewelry

Buying Marzipan

Marzipan for sale at San Telesforo in Toledo Spain

Toledo is world-famous for its marzipan. You can buy marzipan at one of the local shops or at several convents.

Check out my guide to buying marzipan in Toledo to find the best places to purchase it.

Go Sword Shopping

There are many shops that specialize in selling decorative swords, and you will find designs that were made famous in movies such as Lord of the Rings, Conan, and historical replica swords such as the Toledo Salamanca and the Tizona and Colada swords that “El Cid” once carried.

To learn more about The Swords of Toledo, check out my guide here.

Damascene Jewelry

Where to Eat in Toledo

In 2016, Toledo was voted as Spain’s capital of gastronomy.

Bar Ludena located in Toledo Spain

Visit Museums and Monuments

The most well known are the Alcazar and the Cathedral

Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

This monastery is located in the Jewish Quarter of Toledo. One of the unique features of this monastery are the chains that are hanging on the facade of the exterior walls. The chains were used by the Moors to hold Christian prisoners captive in Malaga and Baeza. King Ferninand II, also known as The Catholic, freed the Cristian prisoners in Malaga and ake a look at its impressive Gothic cloister. If you purchase the tourist bracelet (pulsera turística de Toledo) the Church of San Juan de los Reyes is one of the included attractions.

Visit the enormous bell of the Cathedral

Source: Ana Perez Herrera / abc.es
La Campagna Gorda

The bell, known as “la Campana Gorda” is located in the bell tower of the Cathedral.

Take a selfie with the Eagle of Toledo

Federico Martín Bahamontes – The Eagle of Toledo

Take a stroll through Plaza de Zocodover and along the Calle Comercio

Plaza de Zocodover, once known as the “market of the beasts¨ is no longer where they sell animals, but now it is the center of all the most important activities that occur in Toledo.

Today the plaza is a popular starting off point for tours and adventures around the historic city.

Calle Comercio is the main shopping street in Toledo, and you can follow it from Plaza de Zocodover to the Cathedral of Toledo.

Leave a love lock

Write a message on a padlock for a special person in your life and lock it to the fence located downhill from Plaza de Zocodover, right beside the sculpture of Federico Martín Bahamontes.

Take a night tour of Toledo

If you are looking for a lesser-known view of Toledo, then be sure to check out Toledo after the sun goes down. Not only are the day trippers gone and the streets reclaimed by the locals, but for me the real magic of the city is best seen at night. The way the lights illuminates the architecture, and the shadows created by those lights are fantastic to view and photograph. Toledo is a different world at night.

To learn more, check out my guide to the swords of Toledo.

A very typical food of Toledo.

Walk through the Jewish quarter

Very narrow alleys and totally empty. Essential.

Visit the El Greco Museum

Do not miss the Burial of the Lord of Orgaz in Santo Tomé, nor the Grecos collection of the Cathedral

Spend some time admiring the Sephardic Museum

(Museo Sefardí ), in the synagogue of Samuel ha-Levi.

Get to know the mosque “Cristo de la Luz”

 and learn more about its famous legend!

Get a look at the city of Toledo

from its most famous viewpoint located at el Mirador de El Valle.

Enjoy a meal or a drink

At one of the bars and restaurants with open terraces and incredible views of Toledo. Check out The Hotel Carlos V, the Adolfo, or the esplanade of the Alcazar.

Visit the Museum of Santa Cruz

And its magnificent patio and staircase.

Discover underground Toledo

If you are interested in Toledo, you should also consider exploring its many subterranean private points of interests such as the la Cueva de Hércules.

Walk across the medieval bridges of Toledo

The Alcántara and the San Martín, which both cross the Tajo River.

The Puente de Alcántara is a Roman arch bridge in Toledo, Spain, spanning the Tagus River.

The word Alcántara comes from Arabic, which means “bridge”. Toledo Alcantara Bridge was declared a national cultural monument in 1921.

Located at the feet of the Castillo de San Servando, it was built by the Romans after they founded the city. In the Middle Ages it was one of the few entrances of the pilgrim into the city.

Visit the Hermitage of El Valle

and learn about its legend. Be sure to ring the bell while you are there!

Visit the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca

currently a Catholic church but built as a synagogue in the twelfth century.

Take a relaxed walk through the “ecological path” of Toledo

The most popular way to enjoy the path is to follow it from bridge to bridge. The path follows the Tajo River as it circles around Toledo, and it offers a different and less crowed way to see the city.

Discover the Roman Circus of Toledo

Located a short walk outside the city walls and a little removed from the usual tourist routes, you can get a look at the remains of the 1st-century Roman structure.

Get a bird’s eye view of Toledo

from the towers of the Church of San Ildefonso.

Visit the courtyards of Toledo

During certain times of the year, private citizens open their doors to let the public view their amazing courtyards. If you visit Toledo during Corpus Christi, don’t miss it!

Walk under the “cobertizos”

Some streets of the city are partially covered by structures that connect different houses. There are just a few of them(like Santo Domingo el Real) but they are still very interesting. Can you find all of them?

Learn about the wonderful legends of Toledo.

How many do you know?

Take a photo of the Cathedral from Santa Isabel street.

It will become one of the most beautiful memories of Toledo.

Visit the Tavera Hospital

Just a 5 minute walk from Puerta de Bisagra. Escape the sun and enjoy the shade that the Paseo de la Vega provides along the way.

Take a ride on the tourist train

It is the easiest way to see the best scenic views of Toledo from El Valle.

The Church of San Román

Now the Museum of Councils and Visigoth Culture. Cost: 2 euro

Have a drink in the Círculo del Arte

(Art Circle) in the Plaza de San Vicente. An old church converted into a drinking room.

Climb up to the Castle of San Servando

(it is a currently a hostel with very good prices) and get a great postcard view of Toledo.

Visit the Museo de Victorio Macho

And observe the works of art that are conserved there, as well as the magnificent views over the Tagus River from Roca Tarpeya.

Walk through the Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol Toledo Spain

And if it’s open, go up to the top. The views are magnificent.

Stroll through El Miradero

Get a drink and enjoy some great views of the surrounding areas. Located at the top of the northeast escalators.

Search for el Pozo Amargo

And search for it at night for an even better adventure.

Visit the convent of Santo Domingo el Real

And if you are lucky maybe you will even meet the mummy of Sanchito.

Patrimonio desconocido

Toledo is a living museum, and many archaeological sites have been recently recovered and are open to the public. If you like archaeology its worth taking a look.

Visit the Cigarrals

Although they are very private spaces, some are open as restaurants, hotels … We recommend Cigarral de Caravantes, El Cigarral de las Mercedes or El Cigarral del Santo Ángel Custodio.

Eat churros at the Kiosko Catalino

They have the best churros and portals in Toledo! And they are located right across the street from the Puerta de Bisagra.

They are open every day of the week from 5am to 9pm.

A romantic dinner

at “La Ermita” or at “Adolfo”, or at the Michelin star restaurant in Toledo: “Iván Cerdeño” at the Cigarral del Ángel … Restaurants perfect for that special occasion.

See a sunset

from the Paseo de San Cristóbal or from the viewpoint of Virgen de Gracia.

Climb up to the top of Toledo

using the public escalators. The two public escalators provide easy access into the historic city allowing you to save some energy for the adventure that awaits you inside the walled city.

La Semana Santa

(The Holy Week) Perhaps not as famous as in other cities, but it is impressive to see processions through narrow alleys.

El Valle the Piedra del Rey Moro

and watch a sunset. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

Walk through el Tránsito

one of the few public gardens inside the old town. From there you can admire stunning views of the Tagus.

Visit the Fábrica de Armas

(Weapons Factory). The original building is now the Technology Campus of the University of Castilla-La Mancha.

Go up to the Library of Castilla-La Mancha

And enjoy the view of the historic city

Find the Callejón del Infierno y el del Diablo

(Alley of Hell and the Devil). .

Visit the Army Museum

Located inside the Alcazar of Toledo.