Of all the European destinations you can visit while traveling through Europe, Spain ranks right near the top of the most popular alongside France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. There are a variety of reasons to visit this amazing country, the most impressive being its diversity.
In reality, Spain consists of several distinct regions with unique traditions, dialects, and cuisines. In fact, one of the most difficult things for travelers is deciding on which places to visit in Spain. Ultimately, where you visit depends on your specific tastes, interests, and time frame.
Set on a hill high above the central Spanish plains of the Castilla-La Mancha region you can find the ancient city of Toledo. This impressive town, located about an hour’s drive south of Madrid, is famous for medieval Christian, Jewish, and Arab monuments in the town’s old, walled quarters.
Toledo is like an open-air museum and was home to the El Greco, the world-renown Mannerist painter. Must-visit monuments are the Mudéjar style Sol Gate and Moorish Bisagra Gate that lead onto Toledo’s old quarter. The town’s best known and very lively meeting place is the Plaza de Zocodover.
Toledo’s historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city’s glorious past shows at every turn. Toledo’s Cathedral Primera is probably the best-preserved example of Spanish High Gothic architecture.