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Alcazar of Toledo

Standing proudly on a hill overlooking the town, this impressive 16th-century edifice once served as a palace and now hosts a fascinating military museum.

Toledo’s imposing stone Alcázar, which sits high on a hill overlooking the city, offers fascinating insight into local history as well as stunning views over the town itself. Ascend to the 1,798-foot (548-meter) hilltop where the structure is set to browse exhibits featuring everything from military uniforms to medal exhibits covering important chapters from Spanish history. 

The majority of the current Renaissance building dates from the 16th century, though there has been a fortification on this site since Roman times. Although the current building was conceived as a royal palace, it never actually served as one, with the Spanish capital having been moved to Madrid before it was finished.

When Emperor Carlos V ordered the construction of the current Alcázar, the previous structures were mostly destroyed to make way for it. Not all traces of the earlier fortification have been removed, however. Examine the eastern façade of the fort to find battlement structures from the earlier medieval iteration. 

As you explore, take note of the architectural features, many of which represent different phases of construction. The main entrance, characterized by a Roman arch, was the work of the original architect Alonso de Covarrubias, while the south façade was later completed by Juan de Herrera.

Venture inside to survey the collections of the military museum. Inspect knives, swords, flags, medals and other military memorabilia as well as the remains of old Roman and Moorish constructions. 

While here, learn about the fascinating history of the Toledo Alcázar, which played a key role during the early days of the Spanish Civil War. Famously, during this time, the military governor of the province of Toledo, Colonel Moscardó, refused to surrender the Alcázar in return for his son’s life. The Alcázar was heavily damaged during this siege. View a recreation of Moscardó’s old office inside the museum. 

Thanks to its imposing hilltop position, the Alcázar of Toledo is difficult to miss. The fortress is open every day except Wednesday. Go on Sunday to take advantage of free entrance. A fee is charged on all other days, though children always enter for free.


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$151
Parador de Toledo

Parador de Toledo

Cerro del Emperador, s/n, Toledo
4.4
of 5, from 81 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Toledo, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of San Martin Bridge, San Juan de los Reyes Monastery, and Synagogue of Saint Mary the White. Plaza de Zocodover and Alcazar are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$102
Hotel Sercotel Pintor El Greco

Hotel Sercotel Pintor El Greco

Calle de los Alamillos del Tránsito,13, Toledo
4.5
of 5, from 194 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Jewish Quarter, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of El Greco Museum and Synagogue of Saint Mary the White. San Juan de los Reyes Monastery and Toledo Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.

$74
Hotel Alfonso VI

Hotel Alfonso VI

Cuesta de los Capuchinos 2, Toledo
4.0
of 5, from 60 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Toledo City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Alcazar and Plaza de Zocodover. Toledo Cathedral and Synagogue of Saint Mary the White are also within 15 minutes.

$84
Hotel Carlos V

Hotel Carlos V

Plaza Horno Magdalena, 4, Toledo
4.2
of 5, from 123 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Toledo City Centre, this hotel is steps from Teatro de Rojas, Alcazar, and Plaza de Zocodover. Toledo Cathedral and San Juan de los Reyes Monastery are also within 15 minutes.

$54
María Cristina Hotel

María Cristina Hotel

C/ Marqués de Mendigorría nº1, Toledo
4.1
of 5, from 36 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Toledo, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Puerta Bisagra City Gate, Hospital of Tavera Museum, and Plaza de Zocodover. Toledo Cathedral and Alcazar are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$45
Hotel Santa Isabel

Hotel Santa Isabel

Calle Santa Isabel, 24, Toledo
4.3
of 5, from 127 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Toledo City Centre, this hotel is steps from Toledo City Hall and Toledo Cathedral. Synagogue of Saint Mary the White and Plaza de Zocodover are also within 10 minutes.

$92
Fontecruz Toledo

Fontecruz Toledo

Plaza Juego De Pelota 7, Toledo
4.1
of 5, from 35 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Toledo City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Toledo Cathedral and Museum of Visigothic Art. Synagogue of Saint Mary the White is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away.

$68
Hotel Abad Toledo

Hotel Abad Toledo

Calle Real del Arrabal, 1, Toledo
4.3
of 5, from 41 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Toledo City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Puerta del Sol City Gate, Plaza de Zocodover, and Hospital of Tavera Museum. Alcazar and Toledo Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.