Here is the trip report of a very short stay in Spain, in January 2013. We were two females, aged 50+ (myself) and 30+, intended on visiting Toledo and spend a short time in Madrid (for shopping and visiting Prado).
I made separate reviews for both hostels we stayed in, Alcazar in Toledo:
and Pereda in Madrid:
Both were budget accommodation, basic but clean and with nice personnel, perfectly located for our needs.
Since we were two women traveling, I will address first the safety question, that is raised many times on the forum: in both cities we felt extremely safe, we walked with no problems from early morning to late in the evening and never felt in any way threatened or unsecure. People around were nice; not much English spoken, but my Italian worked fine enough to make myself understood and – being a Romanian fluent in both French and Italian – my basic understanding of Spanish was enough, especially since all the people we asked questions were nice enough to rephrase the answers several times until they found words that I could understand.
Usually my trip reports are extremely enthusiastic; not this time however. Although I can’t say it was a bad trip, it was bellow my expectations. I mean that Toledo is so famous that I was looking forwards to an atmospheric city, and I was a bit disappointed with it, especially compared with glorious Salamanca and charming Segovia, that I visited the previous winter.
Nevertheless, we saw some nice things and people around were welcoming, therefore I decided to write this trip report intended as a thank you for all the ones we met during our trip and that tried to help us as much as they could.
I’ll divide the story in two parts, one for Toledo and one for Madrid, to make it more manageable.