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Explore the city of Toledo

By Ethan Hews

If you are holidaying in Madrid, take a fabulous one day excursion to Toledo. Rent a Luxury Minivan for the trip and set off south, the scenic drive will take just under an hour.

Toledo is centre of culture and arts and is known as the city of three cultures, where Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together in harmony.

Start exploring in the World Heritage 13th century Cathedral of Toledo. This magnificent venue will thrill as you enter. See the sparkling gold reliefs, the massive oil paintings and the portraits Toledo Cardinals that are over 500 years old. Art lovers must explore the Gallery with works by Raphael, Rubens, Goya and El Greco.

Visit the Mezquita Cristo de la Luz, built 1000 years ago as a small mosque but later converted to a church. See the Monasterio de San Juan de Los Reyes, a beautiful 16th century church in the Jewish quarter that was built by Ferdinand and Isabella.

After the main sights, get lost and stroll around the medieval streets. The city is surrounded on three sides by the River Tajo and medieval walls on the fourth. If you prefer not to walk, ride the quaint Land Train. End up at the main Plaza de Zocodover where you can relax in a café and order an authentic paella.

After lunch, learn about the amazing craft of Damascene. This ancient Moorish craft interlaces gold on iron or steel which is then fired in a kiln. Make sure you buy a souvenir to take home!

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