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“An old historic place, charming above all”
Review of Rutas de Toledo

Rutas de Toledo
Ranked #3 of 34 Tours in Toledo
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Discover the city of Toledo (Spain) in a different way: we make tours around the Toledo hidden, magical, mysterious. Known stories about witches, ghosts, wizards or hear the legends and myths in the place where that happened...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed December 5, 2013

As I told You before, I had been visiting Spain, long time ago, to be exact in 1979. I have profited
then in ex Yugoslavia, to be in one turistic group, through the traveller's agency "Putnik" ( "Voyager"), very renown in these times, and to go in the splendid cities of the fascinating region of Spain,that is Andalusia. We had planned to see Granada, Kordoba and Sevilla. On our way to this old beautiful cities, we had staggered at really pearl of history,art, of his geographic location, and nowadays, if You want, of industry. When I say " staggered", it is not quite correct, since we had in our schedule, Toledo, but that sudden appearance of this old town on the hills, surrounded by the fields of olives,vineyards, and flowing down in the gorge, the river Rio Tajo,just suited to such word description. The river Rio Tajo, pronounced, in spanish,Rio Taho and in portuguese, Rio Težo, takes his start point, i.e. source point, near the town Sacedon to the east of Madrid, by some large reservoirs of water, embalse in spanish language, and streams to the west, to the Portugal and finally mouths in Atlantic Ocean, at the border parts of Lisboa.
Toledo is a municipality in central Spain, 70 km south of Madrid, by bus about forty minutes to get there. It is a capital of the province of Toledo and community of Castile La-Mancha, familiar to me, by the notion of the glorious riter, Don Quixote. Unesco declared it, as a World Heritage Site, back in 1986, not only because of its extensive cultural, historic and monumental artefacts, but also due to its historical co-existence of Christians, Muslims Moors and Jews. That three cultures interacted very successfully during the centuries. The Christians cohabitated, very well with Muslimans from the northern Africa, nowadays, established countries, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia and with the Sefards Jews, that lived then in Iberian Peninsula.
Also known as the " Imperial City", since the king Charles I had the court there, that was also a " City of Three Cultures". Here is very important production of bladed weapons, which are the popular souvenirs of the city. The town is very picturesque, with narrow cobbled streets that climb uphill and abruptly descend to the banks of the river Taho. Specially, the spectacular view is from the left coast of the Taho river,high on the cliff, down to the rapid and murmured flow of stream, to the wide water fall at one spot of the course of the river Tejo. And naturally to the all town on the right shore, which(town), with all these old houses climb along the winding streets.
On the summit, there is a majestic Cathedral and a stone fortification Alcazar of Toledo, renown as a place of siege during the Spanish Civil War.
Here were born and have lived among the other, Al- Zargali, Eleanor of Toledo, Alfonso X and El Greco.
That colonnade of Visigothic rulers,I've seen in Palacio Real de Madrid, have a connection in that measure, that some of these rulers had made the Visigothic Councils of Toledo in these old times, in the beginning of XI century, when Alfonso the Sixth of Castile conquered the city and overthrew the rule of the last Muslims Moors here in Castile.
Since the metal- working industry has been ,always, the economic base here in Toledo, the great tradition of manufacturing of swords and knives,significant production of razor blades, medical devices and electrical products has taken the place in this location. So, today as well in the past, Toledo steel was pretty much recognised and for instance, there are a lot of souvenir shops, where You can purchase historical swords and knives as a memory from magnificent town of Toledo.
As to the snack, You can enjoy in, here is very popular tapas, called Bomba Toledana that fits excellently with glass of spanish cerveza (beer).

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Reviewed November 6, 2013

If you are visiting Madrid, don't pass up the opportunity to travel by rail 1/2 hour to Toledo, a city that takes you back centuries. It was amazing. My husband & I booked a tour with Rutas de Toledo and because of our inability to speak Spanish could not go on any of their traditional tours. Instead, Alejandro served as our guide and was terrific! Fluent in English and friendly, he was also extremely knowledgeable about his hometown, and customized our tour to our wishes. He offered suggestions for lunch and the best shops to find the damascene and marzipan we wanted to purchase. It was a memorable day in a beautiful city with a terrific guide!

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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Built on a hill, surrounded by vineyards, a truly medieval monument of art and history is the whole town with its cobbled streets challenge you to explore them, resulting each time in a little surprise: a balcony with red bigonies, a square with a fountain and finally the huge majestic cathedral where kings of the powerful Spanish empire were crowned. Do not forget to visit the Jewish synagogue with the enigmatic Talmudic phrases, dating from the 14th century. People with the smile on the lips, are very friendly and ready to serve you at any minute.

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Reviewed April 5, 2013

On a short break arrived in Toledo (Spain), having perused numerous activities came across this site in this more than 2000 year-old city. Offering a different tourist view to the place, took a chance and wasn't disappointed! Took the "Toledo Mágico" (Magical Toledo) tour, (which was the only one available for that evening), and had a great time. Two hours and a cave later, the route was over... Two hours of walking along ancient cobblestones, under wood-paneled arches and numerous legends and stories of Toledo's historic and legendary characters, came to an end in infamous cave! Stories including Christ, the untold wealth stolen by the barbarians in Rome, the Holy Grail, witches and the Inquisition...all told with rigorous fact, funny fiction and a guide with a mass of knowledge! A memorable tour rivalled by a memorable city! All for a starting price of €12.00 (twelve euros)

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