Toledo Journals

Toledo: Part 1 of Our Three-Day Tour of Southern Spain

An August 2006 trip to Toledo by marseilles

Streets of Toledo. Photo, Toledo, Spain More Photos
Quote: This journal covers Toledo, the first stop of our three-day Busabout Tour of Southern Spain.

Toledo: Part 1 of Our Three-Day Tour of Southern Spain

Overview

Streets of Toledo. Photo, Toledo, Spain
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Toledo is the former Spanish capital, about an hour away from Madrid. Visiting Toledo is like being transported back hundreds of years, walking through the winding streets of the medieval Jewish quarter and past the centuries-old buildings.The Catedral de Toledo is breathtaking: be sure you have a lot of space on your camera's flash disk when you visit it!Toledo was also home to Miguel Cervantes, and every single souvenir shop has little figurines of Don Quijote and Sancho Panza.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: In the city centre, the best way to get around is to WALK through the amazing winding roads of this medieval city. Make sure you have a map with you, h...Read More

Cathedral of Toledo (Cathedral of Saint mary of Toldeo)

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Attraction | "Catedral de Toledo"

Cathedral of Toledo (Cathedral of Saint mary of Toldeo) Photo, Toledo, Spain
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"It really makes you want to get down on your knees and pray," I whispered to my husband as we made our way around the Catedral de Toledo. We have a number of colonial-era cathedrals and churches back home, built from the 16th to the 19th centuries, but compared to this, all those cathedrals were just chapels.The 800-year-old Catedral de Toledo - built on the site of a mosque, which in turn was built on the site of a Visigoth Church - was nothing short of breathtaking. Every single pillar, every single inch of the ceiling, every single wall was decorated with incredibly detailed paintings, stucco, or sculpture, and at every corner we turned, we were astounded.Part of the cathedral hous...Read More

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

Consuegra

Attraction | "Consuegra Windmills"

Consuegra Photo, Toledo, Spain
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As true Don Quijote fans, we were delighted that our bus passed through Consuegra, a short side trip from Toledo (about 60 km away), where several restored windmills, similar to those described in Don Quijote, stood. The Consuegra local government was evidently making the most of Don Quijote's myth, as the path up the hill was called the "Don Quijote trail," and the pedestrian crossing warning signs on the streets were a silhouette of a man in a Sancho Panza hat. At the top of the hill, we took photos of ourselves fighting with the "giants," before heading to the ice cream store in one of the windmills for some much needed cooling-off. Consuegra is 62 km from Toledo via the Avenida Castil...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 6, 2006

Consuegra
Cerro Calderico
Toledo, Spain 45700
+34 925 480185

Busabout Tours

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My uncle brought us early in the morning to the Hostal Metropole in central Madrid where our Busabout coach was going to pick us up for our three-day bus tour of Spain. Busabout is a tour I read about online. It's packaged as a cheaper alternative to doing a Eurail-based backpacking trip: somewhat of a cross between a completely independent backpacking trip and a packaged Contiki-like experience. According to the reviews, most of the participants happen to be Australian (I later found out that this is because Busabout markets heavily in Australia), but the head office of the company is based in London, and the regis...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 24, 2007

Busabout Tours
258 Vauxhall Bridge Rd.
London, England
+44 (20) 7950 1661

Backpackers' bags at Hostal Metropole. Photo, Madrid, Spain
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We arrived at Hostal Metropole in Madrid quite early and there was only one other pair at the hotel also waiting for the bus. Pretty soon, though, the rest of the group arrived. Most of them appeared to be true backpackers: young (in the early 20s), carrying giant backpacks, and looking as if they had been travelling for several weeks. We wondered if we were the oldest--or at least among the oldest--in the group. Our guide Richie arrived and it was soon time to leave. We all boarded the coach, and Richie gave us a brief introduction of the tour, after which he asked us to introduce ourselves. We went first and everyone went "awwwww" after we said that we were on honeymoon. It was interesting t...Read More

Spain: First Impressions

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We had booked our flights online from London Gatwick to Madrid even before coming to England. (Despite all the budget airlines proliferating in Europe, British Airways was still the one that gave us the best deal!) We took the coach from Brighton to Gatwick Airport and boarded our evening flight to Madrid.My uncle and aunt picked us up from the airport, then we headed to their house where we turned in for the night.The following morning, we spent much of the morning resting, then popped into town to do a bit of shopping. (It was a relief to even consider shopping after more than a week of penny-pinching in England.) While walking around we noticed that there were a lot of pharmacies in...Read More