When staying in Madrid for at least a week, a day trip to Toledo is an absolute must! It’s set on a hill above the plains of Castilla-La Mancha, only 30 minutes away by train from Atocha station for € 22, return ticket. So I went last Saturday and spent six hours just roaming about and taking photos while basking in the old-world hometown of famous Spanish artist El Greco.
If I could do it over again, I would definitely have taken a later train, as I was walking about during the peak heat of day (2:30 pm – 8:30 pm). Toledo is quite small, so if you’re okay with skipping museums and tours, spending just one day is more than enough.
Toledo is known for their marzipan (almond meal + sugar or honey), an absolute must-try while you’re there. One of the highest rated mazapan are those of Jacinta & Maria Chocolates along Calle de Santa Fe. I bought four packs: three for my family and one for myself (which I ended up devouring for breakfast the next day)!
There are countless of restaurants and cafes to try. I ended up having late lunch-slash-dinner at El Foro de Toledo on Plaza de Zocodover. I have to admit: it was the huge MAZAPAN sign that lured me in. I’m glad I tried their marzipan cake—it will definitely be one of the best desserts I’ve ever tasted for a long, long time as I just love marzipan!
How to describe with words? Very juicy. Soft marzipan with a crisp to it, like that of crème brulée, on the top of and in-between cake layers. Kinda like caramel pudding or leche flan, with the same juiciness to it. My words don’t do it justice. Do try when in Toledo!
During my final hour, I was already extremely tired of the heat, and decided to just relax on a terrace bar with the view of Castilla-La Mancha—Terraza del Miradero. Once seated, I regretted not reserving dinner for that place. Being open but covered, fresh air breezed through. Their house white wine was so refreshing and was accompanied by a complimentary dish of pickled mini veggies. Being quite modern, it’s not the ideal setting for a Toledo feel, but a perfect place to wind down after a long day in the heat. And to top it off: an amazing view. ♥