2. Toledo: A medieval city dates back to the 15th century.
Distance from Madrid to Toledo: 68 Kilometers
Accessible by: Bus, Taxi, Train
Easiest and cheapest way to travel: Train, takes 30 minutes ride, abundantly available throughout the day, costs 13 euros
The presence of Toledo dates back to the 15th century. The very first scene I glanced just after embarking from the tourist coach was that which was painted by El Greco, the Spanish renaissance artist. The hilltop city with the Alcazar standing tall today, is no way different from the one which the great artists drew centuries back. Overwhelmed by the glance, I photographed and also took selfies of the historic landmark. Toledo, which is rated as the UNESCO heritage site, has been an amalgamation of the Islamic, Jewish and Christian culture. Our guide took us through the synagogues, narrow dwindling streets, cobblestone pathways, mosques and all those stories how one existing power was overruled by another. History seemed to come alive, and we could hallucinate some past characters.
You may take a walking tour to see the church of Saint Tome, Synoagogue of Saint Maria La Blanca, and the monastery of San Juan de Los Reyes. Avoid the hottest months of the year, say July to August, when Spain becomes nearly a frying pan.