Unique things to do in Toledo Spain

After living in Toledo for some time, I felt like I had already seen most of the mainstream tourist attractions. I was always in search of something different, and you might be asking the same question, “What are some unique things to do in Toledo Spain?”

Toledo has a ton of history – monuments, cathedrals, museums, and attractions. But it can also offer an opportunity to do things that you might be able to experience back home. Cheese, torture, arab baths, craft beers and more. Let’s take a look at some unique things to do in Toledo Spain.

 

Go to the cheese museum

Manchego Cheese tasting at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego (Toledo)

If you love cheese, love wine, or you are just a foodie looking for a new experience, then this museum should be on your list of things to do while in Toledo.

Located in the heart of the Historic Center of Toledo, next to the Cathedral, is the Manchego Cheese Museum.

It is entirely dedicated to this traditional and thousand year old cheese of Toledo.

It has three areas:
The Museum, where you can learn more about the history and development of authentic Manchego cheese.

The Catas room, where you will taste the best Manchego cheeses, which they have selected for you, accompanied by the best wines from La Mancha and the rest of Spain.

The shop, cheese shop and wine bar, so that you can not only taste these products on site, but you can also take them to enjoy them in your own home.

Please note, the tasting service ends 45 minutes before closing.

Located at:

MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo

Calle Sixto Ramon Parro 7, 45001 Toledo, Spain

 

Visit the Museum of torture

Toledo, Spain is known as the City of Three Cultures, as Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities have coexisted within its stone walls.

The fortified city in Castilla-La Mancha was also the site of fierce persecution during the Spanish Inquisition.

On an unassuming corner on the labyrinthine streets of the old city, the Museo de la Tortura displays artifacts from this dark period in the nation’s history and that of other European powers.

The exhibit is spread across five rooms, with insight on the Spanish Inquisition’s origins as well as its methods for torture and execution.

Plaques throughout the museum offer descriptions of the tools in both English and Spanish, and provide some historical background for the brutal practices of the Inquisition.

While the museum is home to infamous medieval devices like the rack and the iron maiden, it boasts a collection of lesser known instruments of torture.

Pieces like the choke pear and chair of Judas demonstrate the sadistic inventiveness at work within the Inquisition, with many contraptions designed to punish specific offenses or prolong suffering before death.

The museum presents its artifacts without sensationalizing torture, and provides a stark look at the social conditions of Inquisition-era Spain.

Know Before You Go
Entry for adults is 5€.

 

Watch a sword or knife being made

Toledo was known throughout history as being a leading producer of the world finest bladed weapons. The swords made in Toledo, made famous by the strength, durability, and flexibility of Toledo steel, were a sought after weapon of ancient warriors.

You can stop by Mariano Zamorano Swords and visit his shop where they still make swords, and you can even visit the workshop and see them making swords and sword components.

They also have a retail store where you can purchase swords, some of which are handmade by him and his staff. They also have a nice selection of knives and unique things like miniature sword letter openers.

You can find his shop at:

Calle Ciudad, 19, 45002 Toledo

Monday to Friday he is open 10 AM-2 PM and 4 PM-7 PM

Weekends he is open from 10:30 AM to 2 PM

 

Read my guide to learn more about the famous swords of Toledo.

 

Treat yourself to an Arabian bath and massage

Medina Mudejar Banos Arabes Toledo Spain

Pza Santa Eulalia, 1, 45002 Toledo

 

Enjoy a local craft beer from Toledo Spain

 

That’s right, the same city famous for marzipan and swords also has a craft beer scene. DOMUS ® has been brewing craft beer in Toledo since 2007.

The brewery is located about 6 miles (10 km) away from the historic city center, and you can even take a tour of their place and see the processes involved in brewing. And you even get to try 4 of the beers they produce.

The brewery is open for guided tours (minimum 15 people) on Saturday and Sunday from 12 PM to 8 PM.

For a group of less than 15 people, your option to take a tour is limited to Friday afternoon at 7:30 PM.

They also have a tap room where you can drink their beer and eat some interesting foods such as their beer pizza and beer bread toast. The tap room opens on Friday at 8 PM.

Where you can eat and also try some of the local craft beers of Toledo Spain

Located in the heart of the historic city center is Cervecería Lúpulo on Travesía Aljibillo, 4. 

 

From Plaza de Zocodover, walk down the hill toward the Puerta de Bisagra and you will find El Tirador  located at Calle Real del Arrabal, 2.

 

Located one side street away from Plaza de Zocodover is El Trébol on Calle de Santa Fe, 1.

 

See the largest bell in Spain

Inside the tower of the Catedral Primada, high above the ground, hangs a massive bell.

In fact it is the largest bell in Spain!

How big is the bell of Toledo’s Catedral Primada?

The bell’s measurements are staggering.

It weighs almost 25 tons, it is 35 feet in circumference, just over 12 feet high and about 11 inches thick.

The bells ring was so powerful that it was said to have been heard miles away, and the intense vibration that it produced even broke the windows of Toledo homes.

When was the bell made?

The bell was cast in 1755 and then placed into the tower of the Cathedral with the help of ramps, ropes, pulleys, men and oxen.

Does the bell still in use?

Sadly, the bell developed a hairline crack 2 months after it was installed, and it eventually grew into the large crack that you can see today.

It was modified several times throughout history to allow the bell to still ring, but it is no longer ringing.

How to see the bell

To see the big bell, just purchase the Complete Tour of the Cathedral Primada. It only costs 12.50€, and it gives you access to the Bell Tower, where you can visit the Campana Gorda (Big Bell) and see the spectacular panoramic views of Toledo from the tower.

In addition to access to the Bell Tower, the Complete Tour gives you access to:

• The Primate Temple
• Museums: The Choir, Chapter House, Treasury and Sacristy
• Capilla de Reyes (Royal Chapel)
• The Cloister, the Bayeu paintings and the Chapel of St. Blas

Fly across the river on an urban zipline!