One of the most pleasantly surprising places we visited from Madrid was the gorgeous city of Toledo.
Located on the banks of the Tagus Toledo is known as the “Imperial City” because it was the main venue of the court of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in Spain.
It is also known as the “City of the Three Cultures” for the cultural influences of Christians, Muslims, and Jews reflected in its history.
You can see some of the Moorish architecture reflected in the beautiful arches of The Puente de Alcántara – a Roman arch bridge that spans the river and acts as a gateway to the city.
Here’s another view of the The Puente de Alcántara with the impressive Alcázar of Toledo creating a commanding presence on high.
We’ve not even crossed the river yet into the city and I am already enchanted!
There’s so much traditional architecture to snap away at that we might be here all day.
The myriad of details on this little souvenir shop catches my eye – and perfect timing for a local to drift past too!
Next up we’re heading into the city to explore some of the beautiful architecture and take LOTS of photos!