Toledo holds a special place in Spanish history and even in modern times provides a wonderful and unique opportunity to see and experience culture. Toledo was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Asset in 1986 and is often referred to as The Imperial City and the City of Three Cultures. The rich, multi-millennia history can be seen and felt walking through the streets with it’s mix of art, religious establishments and layered architecture.
Holy Week (Semana Santa) is the major religious event in Spain, and in Toledo is an incredibly special event. Toledo, as well as the rest of Castille La Mancha, tend to hold sober and traditional nighttime processions compared to the rest of the country. The different Brotherhoods dressed in capirote parade from their churches through the narrow, winding streets to the Cathedral. Festivities on Thursday and Friday provide a chance for the public to visit the many churches, great and small, ornate and modest and the art treasures kept within. The city is very welcoming to visitors at this time.
I highly recommend visiting Toledo, as it offers meaningful experiences for all travelers, whether it be tasting the nun-baked cookies or mazipan, viewing art, learning the complex history or even hiking along the Tagus River. Several shops selling knives, swords and other metal and steel items are scattered throughout the city, which has always been known for it’s metal work.
Wherever you are, enjoy the holiday weekend.
Thank you for reading,