Walking through the labyrinthine streets of Toledo is a wonderful experience, especially at night, lonely…, but observing the mythical city as if we were flying over it is not so simple, and only within the reach of those who sleep in the city, as some of these spaces we are now telling you require time and opportunity to discover them.
Toledo is understood as observing it from above, from the heights. But as “flying” over Toledo is not within everyone’s reach, we will now facilitate your task with some corners from where you can observe the intricate Toledo labyrinth from a higher point of view than usual.
Are these secret places? Most of them are not, much less for the toledanos, but sometimes they are not very accessible for the occasional tourist, because either it takes a long time to get there (such as the Peña del Rey Moro) or you have to take advantage of the opening hours or stroll a little around the city.
From the Peña del Rey Moro, in the Valley.
Many tourists ask us how to photograph (or spend some time) admiring the views shown in the image illustrated in this article. Walking can be difficult to get to, easy in your own car or taxi. The Tourist Train and the Tourist Bus stop at this point, and a little higher, meandering among rocks, you can reach the top of the stone of the Moorish King, where a legendary figure observes the city at night (read the legend here). The area is known as the Valley and is one of the most typical views of the city. Either from the road, up to the rock or from the Parador Nacional.
Getting there is simple: leave by car over one of the two bridges and go around Toledo to the south.
2. From the Library of Castilla-La Mancha, in the Alcázar.
Panoramic view of Toledo from the Alcázar Library.
It is becoming less and less secret that from the windows of the Biblioteca de Castilla-La Mancha, located on the top floors of the Alcázar, the views are breathtaking at any time of day. Public access Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 21:00 hours and Saturdays from 09:00 to 14:00 hours (July and August closed). Access at the Carlos V slope corner to the Capuchin slope. After passing the security checkpoint, an elevator will take us to the library reception. There you will be able to ask for the best “aerial” views of Toledo, in addition to being able to look out onto the courtyard of one of the city’s greatest monuments. More information: Biblioteca de Castilla-La Mancha.
3. From the towers of the Church of the Jesuits.
Panoramic view of Toledo from the Church of the Jesuits
The Baroque church of San Ildefonso, of great dimensions, is installed in one of the elevations of the old town of Toledo. You can climb its two towers, paying an entrance fee of € 2.80 or with the Tourist Bracelet. The views, as can be seen in the photo above, are impressive. It is located in the Juan de Mariana square. More information here.
4. From some internal viewpoint of the city.
View from Paseo Virgen de Gracia in Toledo
There are many hidden viewpoints in the city that show us small corners or secret places from which to glimpse the Toledo hamlet, as well as its surroundings. A few months ago we wrote an article that will be useful to discover them: Twelve incredible viewpoints in Toledo from which to take the picture of your life. To discover these corners will require time, sometimes a good guide, because the GPS, as we have commented on other occasions, do not work too well in Toledo because of the proximity and narrowness of its alleys…
5. From Cerro del Bú.
Cerro del Bú in Toledo
A settlement in the form of a settlement already inhabited this hill in the Bronze Age. A space full of magic for the Toledanos, surrounded by legends (legend of the Cerro del Bú) and that shows us a very special panoramic view of Toledo. It is arrived surrounding once again way of the zone of the Valley and it is complicated to arrive and to park with car, we recommend to walk leaving for the Bridge of Alcántara. The walk is worth it.
6. From the Miradero.
El paseo del Miradero, in Toledo
Stroll over the new Palacio de Congresos El Greco and admire the views of Toledo’s newest neighbourhoods, overlooking the Madrid road. You can get there by taking the new escalators, or just a few minutes from the Plaza de Zocodover.
7. From the Cathedral Tower.
Toledo Cathedral Fat Bell, photo: Toledospain
Inside the tower of the Toledo Cathedral you will not only be able to admire the Toledo Gorda Bell, which is already worth a visit, but also through the openings you will be able to contemplate the aerial views offered by the height of about 80 metres at which we will find ourselves and the roofs of the Cathedral. 12,50 € costs the entrance to the Primado temple with the option of going up to the tower at the fixed times.
8. From the terrace-restaurant of the Hotel Carlos V.
Toledo Cathedral from the terrace of Hotel Carlos V by Toledospain