A curious way to cross the Tagus to reach the Pilgrimage of the Valley on May 1st is by means of the Passenger Boat, and it is free!. Below we tell you how to get there, timetables and a video broadcast on the program “Ancha es Castilla-La Mancha” in which we narrate the curiosities and some legend of this area usually hidden from travelers in Toledo.
On the first day of May, every year, in addition to the International Workers’ Day, the most popular pilgrimage in the city is held in Toledo, in the hermitage of the Virgen del Valle. We have already spoken on other occasions of this famous pilgrimage, which begins the night before with hundreds of young people camping in the steep terrain near this hermitage (see Romería de la Virgen del Valle in Toledo)
A curious way to get to the pilgrimage (climb rather) is to cross the Tagus River with the Passage Boat. This year it is open at the following times, until 15 September:
- Thursday and Friday from 17:30 to 20:00 hours.
- Saturday and Sunday: from 11:00 to 13:30 and from 18:00 to 21:00 hours.
Crossing the river on this barge is free, and each crossing is done with a maximum of 13 people, so on May 1 you will have to arm yourself with patience and wait a long queue to use the barge.
After crossing the river, a steep ascent (on foot) awaits you to the Valley area, along a zig-zag stone path.
Casa del Diamantista Río Tajo
This area is known by all Toledans as a special place, home to several legends among which we highlight two:
- The House of the Diamond
- The Christ of the Waters
In this video broadcasted in the program “Ancha es Castilla-La Mancha” on Monday April 24, 2017 (CMMedia) we narrate (Alberto López Miguel and Juan Luis Alonso) some curiosities and one of the legends:
Here you will find more information about the Pilgrimage of the Valley:Pilgrimage of the Virgin of the Valley in Toledo.
Click and rotate to see a 360 image with the boat halfway (made very fast):
Where can you get on this boat? Click here to see the exact spot on Google Maps.
You know you can do a lot of guided tours in Toledo? Read more here.