Toledo Journals

Winding down in Toledo

A July 1999 trip to Toledo by GreenMermaid

Quote: Toledo has the charm of a walled, medieval hill town (with vestiges of Moorish architecture) with the energy of a vibrant local population.

Winding down in Toledo

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Overview

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Toledo is a beautiful little city in Southern Spain that is easy to navigate by foot and bus. We stayed in a small, affordable hotel outside the old, walled town, which was easily reached by a short bus ride or a long walk. The old town is full of points of interests, including the huge gothic cathedral, the El Greco museum, the Alcázar, a monastery, other small museums and other buildings of historical and architectural interest. Quick Tips: Be sure to get on "Siesta Time" (see free-form entry) as quickly as possible to enjoy the city as fully as possible. We saved money on food by frequenting grocery stores for bread, salami, and cheese. By breakfasting and lunching on the cheap, we we...Read More

Méson Restaurante Corral de Don Diego

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Restaurant

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We found this restaurant quite by chance, as we made our way back up to the town in the pleasantly temperate evening air. The restaurant probably had a small indoor area, but the outdoor tables, filling up a wide courtyard, were the focus of our "perfect restaurant" search. Don Diego himself served us, and later gave us his restaurant’s business cards (with his picture on it). Because of my nonexistent Spanish-speaking skills, I asked Don Diego for his recommendation, and he insisted that he would take care of us and choose something we would love. What resulted was an enormous assortment of meats, cheeses and breads (the typical tapas one found in these areas), but of a better quality and a much ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2001

Méson Restaurante Corral de Don Diego
Plaza Corral de Corral de Don Diego 5
Toledo, Spain
253-552

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Located in the Jewish quarter of Toledo, we found the El Greco museum after much wandering through tiny, twisty, narrow, cobblestone streets. Very interesting to learn about an artist I knew very little about, and to view works of his and of artists of the Toledo, Madrid and Sevillian School.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 6, 2001

Casa Museo de El Greco
Samuel Leví, s/n
Toledo, Spain 45002
+34 925 224046

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Our wanderings around the narrow streets finally led us to the Cathedral, a definitive example of Spanish gothic architecture, built between the 13th and 15th centuries. The cathedral has 5 naves and dozens of side chapels. The choir and the elaborately-carved alterpiece were quite impressive. Stained glass, paintings by El Greco, Rubens and Titian, and of course the cooler air made this a worthwhile respite from the summer heat. I bought some marvelous slides of the dark interior from a vendor outside. Be aware that the Cathedral, like many museums and stores, is closed for Siesta (usually 1:30 – 3:30).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2001

Cathedral of Toledo (Cathedral of Saint mary of Toldeo)
Plaza Del Ayuntamiento, S/n
Toledo, Spain 45002
+34 925 222241

Getting into "Siesta Time"

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Story/Tip

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a slow learner, and that it was only after four days and four cities in Spain that I figured out Siesta Time: what time it occurs, what it signifies, and what a tourist must do to fully enjoy it. Mid-afternoon (usually between 1:00 and 3 or 4:00), entire towns shut down for Siesta. That means stores, most museums, and even many restaurants. If you are a die-hard tourist trying to “see” everything there is to see within daylight hours and do not look up from your guide books long enough to read the hours of opening on most shops, you may miss the boat and wonder why you have to sit or wander around in the sweltering heat waiting for things to open, then collapse ...Read More