The Alcazar of Toledo

Toledo is one of the most visited cities in Spain, thanks in part to the fact that it is so close to Madrid that almost everyone visits it "because it is close at hand", and it is that with only 70 kilometers between one city and another it is normal that you want to make a getaway even if it is to spend half a day. The truth is that it is worth it since in Toledo there are many things to see. One of them is a World Heritage Site, the Alcázar de Toledo , symbol of the city and current headquarters of the National Army Museum and the Autonomous Library. If you have the chance, go up to the valley so that you can see it from the top, the contrast with the rest of the city is spectacular, as you can see in the photograph.

This spectacular Alcazar was a Roman palace in the 3rd century and was restored during the mandate of Alfonso VI, Alfonso X and Carlos I of Spain. The imposing façade is very sober and is divided into three floors around which all the decoration is concentrated. A huge imperial shield is located over the door to welcome anyone who goes through it. Inside there is a rectangular patio that has a double level of arches that are supported by classic-style columns, very beautiful.

The Alcázar of Toledo suffered several fires, even being totally destroyed after the Civil War. Fortunately, it could be restored and is in a good state of preservation although somewhat different from how it was before that great fire. If you are going to visit it, it opens its doors at 10 a.m. , closing at 7 p.m. between October and May and at 9 p.m. between June and September, although on Sundays it opens only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed every Monday and on holidays January 1 and 6, May 1, December 24, 25 and 31. For me it is totally recommended, so if you are going to go on a trip to Toledo or are going to be in Madrid for a couple of days you should visit it.