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Planning a short break to Toledo? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Toledo. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Toledo. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Toledo Cathedral

The building of this famous Cathedral, located in the heart of the city, took nearly 300 years, from the year 1226, so it better be good and it is.

The interior is ornately decorated in Spanish/Baroque style and includes beautiful stained glass windows, a gold replica of a Columbus ship and some good examples of old masters such as Titian, Goya, Van Dyck and of course Toledo’s favourite adopted son, El Greco.

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Located in Cuesta Carlos V and a short walk from the Cathedral, This is one of Toledo’s best-known landmarks and has been built and rebuilt many times since the original 16th century architects had it all planned. Romans, Moors and Spaniards among others have captured the stronghold and most of it was destroyed in the Civil war. There is a museum on site and a walk around the Alcazar is worth a couple of hours.

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The Old Jewish Quarter

Situated to the west of the city close to the centre, Sinagoga del Transito was constructed by Samuel Ha-Levi (A Diplomat) as far back as 1366. Lovely simple wood and plaster interior with Hebrew Psalms inscribed on the walls. The Sefardic Museum is filled with ancient Jewish artefacts from the area. The first Synagogue was Santa Maria la Blanca (A unique name for a Synagogue), which was a mosque, a Synagogue and now a Church that enjoys a tranquil garden.

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Cristo de la Luz 9, You will find a great atmosphere in this popular restaurant enjoyed by locals as much as visitors. The interior is a Moorish patio, and the exquisite food is Moorish also. The cuisine is simple; Spanish home cooked meals and is ever changing and evolving. You will enjoy relaxing with some fine local wines and just be surprised at how reasonable it is on your pocket too.

Casa y Museo de El Greco

Calle Samuel Leví 3, Located in the Jewish Quarter, This museum celebrates the great artist who spent most of his life here. You can see the house he lived in over 400 years ago, which has been faithfully restored and furnished. His studio contains many of his art works including 'The View Of Toledo'. The Moorish house alone is worth the visit.

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Casa Bermejo

Calle Airosas 5, An interesting factory to visit as one can observe close to 50 artisans at work, making the distinctive damascene items including swords, platters, pitchers and many other objects. The Mudejar designs are traditionally from the area. They have also decorated military swords from all over the world.

Hostal del Cardenal

Paseo de Recaredo 24, This is a great old establishment, that is a popular restaurant and also offers accommodation. If you want to stay somewhere that captures the Toledan vibe, then this is it. Starting from it's unique entrance carved into the city walls, flagstone walkways, fountains, rose gardens and vines. Each of the 27 rooms are en-suite and very comfortable.

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Bar Ludena

Plaza de la Magdalena 13, Pop in to this popular bar for it's tasty Tapas (They are so generous with the helpings that you could skip supper),and you might well stay the night. The narrow bar is crowded and on a warm night the clientele usually gather outside in the beautiful square. The prices are very reasonable as well.

Feast of Corpus Christi

The parades take place around the Cathedral on the 8th Sunday after Easter (About June). The feast has a long history dating back to 1246. Many places celebrate the same feast including Barcelona, Girona, Valencia, Seville and Lleida. They started off as solemn affairs dedicated to the Death of Christ, but are now colourful occasions.

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Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes

Calle Reyes Catolicos 17, Located at the far west of the city, the monastery was finished in 1504 and is a bit mixed up in the style, owing to Flemish, Gothic and Spanish. The Spanish Civil War saw some damage, but it has since been restored.

The Franciscan monks will gladly show visitors around.

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