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Toledo, a Fortified City in June

A June 2005 trip to Toledo by cola0

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Quote: The Parador experience was enough to keep us satisfied in Toledo for 2 nights. Perched on the southern bank of the Tajo River, the Parador afforded the best city-wide views anytime of the day. It seemed as if everyone else had avoided Toledo in the unnatural 35°C heat wave.

Toledo, a Fortified City in June

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Overview

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In other Spanish territories, when the Catholic troops conquered a territory, they expelled the Jewish and Muslims inhabitants. This was not the case in Toledo. There was an agreement made allowing the non-Catholic citizens to stay. This mixture of cultures set the stage for the blend of architecture and artistic influences within the walled city. The famed four-towered Alcazar (most unique and formidable landmark on the Toledan skyline) was closed for renovations when we arrived. The rest of the city seemed sleepy and lazy in the afternoon heat. The Zocodover Plaza is the most natural place to start exploring Toledo, although it’s lost a lot of its historic charm. It used to be us...Read More

Parador Nacional Conde de Orgaz

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Hotel

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The Parador experience was enough to keep us satisfied in Toledo for 2 nights. Perched on the southern bank of the Tajo River, the Parador Nacional Conde de Orgaz afforded the best city-wide views anytime of the day. It seemed as if everyone else had avoided Toledo in the unnatural 35°C heat wave - all but us. I consider this parador an all-inclusive resort or oasis in the middle of Toledo’s summer heat: stately, spacious rooms with oversized king-size beds and views that are unforgettable, terrace-side bar, and fine dining over the city… even the swimming pool has a view that should be captured on one of the Bond films. Why would anyone stay anywhere else in Toledo? For once, I wouldn’t min...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 10, 2005

Parador Nacional Conde de Orgaz
Cerro del Emperador
Toledo, Spain
34-9/25-22-18-50

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If dinner is included in your hotel stay at the Parador, then it is a set menu where you can select from a nice variety of appetizers, main dishes, and desserts. The selections varied only a little bit between the first and second night of our stay. The á la carte menu looks even better than the set meal. It's worth a taxi ride up to the Parador to dine and take in the views if you're not staying there already.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd rate the food a 7 (I have a food connoisseur as a dad!). Service is a 10. View is a 13. Bon appetit!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2005

Parador Nacional Conde de Orgaz
Cerro del Emperador
Toledo, Spain
34-9/25-22-18-50

Casa Aurelio

Restaurant

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We randomly followed some locals into this fine restaurant near the cathedral and didn't regret it at all. This was the best restaurant we ate at in Toledo and definitely a great find. You can't go wrong when even the locals come to hang out and dine here. Upstairs is a tapas bar and downstairs is a fantastic sit-down dining experience topped with friendly, attentive service. Try the stewed partridge, a specialty of the region; bull's tail; fried asparagus; and the vegetable pie (quiche). Everything we tried was excellent. Ask the waiter for recommendations if you can't decide how to plan your meal. You won't be disappointed with their input. Apparently they have two...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 10, 2005

Casa Aurelio
Plaza Ayuntamiento 8
Toledo, Spain 45001
925 224 105

Naca Naca

Restaurant

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The menu offers a selection of bocadillos (filled rolls or sandwiches) both hot and cold, as well as a variety of packaged drinks, pastries, and snacks. (There is no English on the menus mounted on the walls). Sandwiches run about 2€ to 3€. However, you might as well spend your money at the McDonald's across the street instead. Our quick lunch here was unspectacular and bland in flavor. We should have done the Big Mac meal in just as short a time and budget.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 13, 2005

Naca Naca
Plaza de Zocodover
Toledo, Spain

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This was definitely not worth the 2.50€ admission price. The collection is very small, with roughly 14 portraits of different apostles and religious figures. It was quite a disappointment to myself, as well as my sisters, who both studied art history in college. It’s a better bet to stick to roaming the alleys of Toledo, unless you're doing your thesis on El Greco and have a strong interest in his minor works.

As for me, I left feeling uninspired and wishing I had saved the admission fee for a cold drink or ice cream instead.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 10, 2005

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

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The Parador experience was enough to keep us satisfied in Toledo for 2 nights. Perched on the southern bank of the Tajo river, the Parador Nacional Conde de Orgaz afforded the best city-wide views anytime of the day. It seemed as if everyone else had avoided Toledo in the unnatural 35 degree heatwave. All but us. I consider this parador an all-inclusive resort or oasis in the middle of Toledo’s summer heat. Stately, spacious rooms with oversized kingsized beds and views that are unforgettable, terrace-side bar and fine dining over the city… even the swimming pool has a view that should be captured on one of the Bond films. Why would anyone stay anywhere else in Toledo? For once, I wouldn’t mi...Read More