Life Travel

Toledo

June 26, 2015

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.

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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!

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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!

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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. ♥

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