Flights to Toledo
Located 70 kilometres south of Madrid, in central Spain, is the city of Toledo. This historic city is of major cultural importance and was once a capital of the Spanish Empire. Toledo is full of landmarks and monuments reflecting its important past, making this one of Spain’s popular tourist destinations.
The closest airport for flights to Toledo is the Madrid-Barajas Airport (airport code: MAD), and from Madrid it’s just a half hour train ride to Toledo. From Johannesburg, you can get one non-stop flight to Toledo (arriving in Madrid) with Iberia, and the rest all have 1 connection. With Egyptair or South African Airways, your flight will make a stop in Cairo, or travel via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. You can also transfer in Zurich if you catch a flight with Swissair.
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The Tourist Attractions of Toledo:
In 1986 Toledo was inscribed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in recognition of the city’s great cultural importance. Historical monuments date back hundreds of years in Toledo though the city has actually been inhabited since around the 7th century BC, making this a truly ancient city.
There are numerous monuments of Toledo’s historic past to see, including the city’s main sights…
Alcazar of Toledo
At the highest point of the city is the fortified Alcazar of Toledo, a major city landmark. It’s been used as a Roman palace as far back as the 3rd century, then was heavily restored and modified in the 1500s. Today the fort also serves as the Museum of the Army.
Castillo de San Servando
Along similar lines, but arguably more attractive than the box-like structure of the Alcazar, is Castillo de San Servando. This is a medieval castle that was begun in 1088 as a monastery, then later converted into a fortress to protect Toledo from Muslim invasion. When this threat passed the castle lost its importance and began to decay, but since 1874 it’s been named a national monument.
Of the numerous churches in Toledo the Cathedral, officially named the Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo is the best known and most recognised. The striking gothic architecture of this church was begun in 1226 and not completed until 1493, though the land on which it is built was actually consecrated as early as the year 587.
The cathedral is very large and impressive both inside and out and one of the highlights inside Toledo Cathedral is an art gallery that features works by famous artists including Toledo resident El Greco. Talking of El Greco you can see more of his works in the re-created house museum, Museo de El Greco, here in Toledo.
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
Another impressive religious structure is the Monastery of San Juan of los reyes. This historic monastery was founded in 1476 and takes on a Gothic-Spanish-Flemish style of architecture with many beautiful features.
When Should You Visit?:
Toledo is a popular summertime destination as temperatures are warm to hot and there’s generally little in the way of rainfall. You can expect average high temperatures in the high 20’s to low 30’s C around July and August. Spring and autumn can be a god time to visit too though winters are quite cold in comparison, dropping below zero and sometimes having snowfall.