Toledo train station is a gorgeous caramel-coloured structure built in neo-Mudéjar style. Inside, ornate arches and stained-glass windows give the main lobby the appearance of a church nave. The station is situated near the banks of a river called the Tagus, close to the city centre and connected to the old town by a bridge — the Azarquiel. National Renfe lines, along with smaller regional trains and high-speed AVE trains, depart from Toledo train station. On the other hand, arriving into Toledo train station direct from Madrid takes just 33 minutes, while journeys from Barcelona and Seville take just 3h25mins with only one change. Passengers can catch various bus routes straight into the old town from the station. Or, if they prefer, they can hop straight into a taxi.
The most scenic way to reach the city centre from Toledo train station is to walk south for 10 minutes and cross the Alcántara bridge, which dates back to Roman antiquity. Looming high above in its sandy majesty, visitors will see the Alcázar, which is a medieval fortress built on Toledo’s highest hill. Climbing to the top takes another 10 minutes, but it is well worth the walk, if only for the views.
Continuing on a trail of archaic architecture, visitors will find the Museo de Santa Cruz, which is situated in a stunning medieval hospital. Along with works by the Renaissance artist El Greco, it houses artefacts from across history – from Roman sculptures to 20th-century pieces. Heading further into the old town, taking in Toledo’s quaint labyrinth of streets, tourists will encounter no end of gorgeous sun-baked architecture and evidence of Toledo’s multi-faith heritage. A stunning example of this is the Cristo de la Luz mosque, which can be reached on foot from the station in 22 minutes. The Moorish building has been remarkably preserved and displays the elegant intricacies of Islamic design. Travellers might also like to see Santa Iglesia Catedral Primada de Toledo, which is situated a 25-minute walk from the station and considered by many to be the pinnacle of Gothic architecture in Spain.
Numerous restaurants can be found in the historic city centre on streets like Calle Hombre de Palo and Calle de Toledo de Ohio, which are both about a 25-minute walk from Toledo train station. Here, visitors can sample the region’s specialities, like partridge stew, carcamusa, and (especially at Christmas) all things marzipan!
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