The clubs and nightlife you shouldn’t miss in Toledo, Spain
Don’t be misled by the city’s love affair with history. In modern Toledo , you’ll find clubs and dance floors to rival those of any major Spanish city, but with the benefit of a local feel and unpretentious vibe. Dance away your sins in an old church, enjoy amazing views from a chic terrace, or sip specialty cocktails and shots complimented by live jazz or rock music in one or all of these fantastic clubs.
Choose from the most beautifully presented cocktails and the best coffee liquors in town. The place has plenty room to dance and it’s an excellent place to go for live shows on weekends.
Calle Cadenas, 6
Taberna El Gallo
This is one of the most iconic places in Toledo. A tavern during the day and a pub at night. Its eclectic décor creates a unique atmosphere throughout its three levels and central patio.
Callejón de la Sillería, 1
tel. (+34) 925 256 451
Circulo del Arte
This was once the Church of San Vincente, but the place has deserted its pious past in favour of modern culture, art, music, and parties. One of the coolest nightclubs you can find – it’s a cultural centre with art exhibitions, events, and good music. It’s a stylish place, to be sure, so dress to impress – but not to boast.
Plaza de San Vincente, 2
Get inside and take a look at the dance floor from the top level. Sleek modern design, stylish spaces, a relaxed Arabic-style corner lounge, and an active dance floor combine for a definitively cool experience.
Calle de Rojas, 5
tel. (+34) 925 229 160
Located in a prime scenic location with great views of the city and the river Tagus. This place hosts special parties and also has a good restaurant on the lower level and a terrace at the ground floor with a bar that serves a wide variety of cocktails.
Near El Cigarral de las Mercedes
A coffee-bar located across the river Tagus with one of the most enviable views of Toledo you can find. Its terrace allows you to enjoy the great location from 15h all the way into the wee hours of the morning. With a wide selection of cocktails aside from its specialty coffee liquors, it’s perfect for both something new and a taste of something more familiar – day or night.
Chillout establishments to have a drink, coffee or just relax in Toledo
Sometimes you just want to chill. And, lucky for you, we do too. We’ve compiled this list of our favourite places to soak in an amazing view, have a drink, maybe a bite, and perhaps even an impromptu siesta. Relaxation can be the key to a good visit in any city – don’t you forget it. And Toledo has opportunities galore.
This place is relaxed, cool, and has some of the greatest views of Toledo’s surrounding landscapes. It’s mainly a bar, but you can get some dishes to eat that mix local ingredients with exotic recipes. Without a doubt, one of the coolest places to lounge in Toledo.
Calle de Gerardo Lobo
Chill Out Café
Nicely tucked into a corner on a plush sofa – that’s the best seat in the house. The energy level here is low but spirits are high, creating a nice atmosphere. It has a wide selection of quality drinks and from time to time you can catch live performances that are so mellow, you’ll swear someone slipped you opium.
Calle Cervantes, 10
Café del Fin Terrace
Near the Alcazar, the terrace here has amazing views over the valley. In such a pleasant atmosphere it’s easy to relax and gather energy for the rest of the day. Beers come cold in iced glasses, adding the final touch to a kick-back session on a sunny day.
Calle del Taller del Moro, 1
tel. (+34) 925 251 052
Located in the center of the old town, this bar has a wonderful patio – a great place to chill and enjoy a drink with your friends.
Plaza San Vicente, 4
tel. (+34) 925 25 23 56
Gates, City Walls and Bridges of Toledo Spain
Hard to miss from nearly any vantage point in the city, a close up at look the bridges and gates of Toledo’s Old City is its own reward. Soaring towers and mammoth fortifications testify to the strength of a city that’s maintained its borders for well over a thousand years. Each gate, each bridge, and each fortification has its own unique story to be told, so check out our favourites and see them for yourself!
Puente de San Martín (St Martin Bridge)
St. Martín’s Bridge is a late 14th century medieval bridge that connects Toledo to the west side of the river Tagus constructed to complement the much older Puente de Alcantara, linking to the east. Both sides of the bridge boast heavily fortified towers, the more recent dating from the 16th century. Try finding out who the woman in the middle is…
Puente de Alcántara (Alcantara Bridge)
Early in the second century, the Romans built this fortified stone bridge over the river Tagus to connect the city of Toledo with the river’s eastern bank. The inscription the central archway, “Pontem perpetui mansurum in saecula,” or, “I have built a bridge which will last forever,” testifies to the strength of its fortifications.
It is of Arabic origin, as is shown by its doubled structure, although it was rebuilt in Christian times. The opening is of a horseshoe arch and is flanked by two square towers with lateral arrow slits. Its structure has been preserved until now because of being walled up from the XVI Century until 1911.
The space between the door and the bridge forms a closed square with two other side doors.
Puerta Bisagra Nueva (Bisagra Gate)
Originally called Bab al-Saqra, the gate was built by the Moors in the 10th century. Rebuilt in 1559, it served as the city’s main gate and adopted the name Puerta de Bisagara Nueva. Two mammoth circular towers stand at the outer gate and two commanding towers at the inner gate make for an imposing and impressive introduction to the city.
It was totally rebuilt during the reigns of Carlos V and Felipe II, following the designs of Alonso de Covarrubias. It is made up of two bodies, between which is placed a “plaza de armas” (main square).
The enormous exterior body is composed of a stone triumphal arch crowned by a huge imperial coat of arms of the city, with its unmistakeable two-headed eagle flanked by two large stone semicircular towers showing the figures of the seated monarchs, a symbol of the good government shown by the medieval coat of arms.
The interior body is composed of a rounded arch flanked by square towers crowned with ceramic steeples, the imperial coat of arms of Carlos V appearing on one of them, the others being chequered.
The monumental and not defensive nature is made patently clear by the investment in towers placed almost flush with the floor and rocks in relief crowning the towers.
Puerta del Cambrón (Cambron Gate)
Near the Puente de San Martín, where a Visigoth gate once stood, this gate was rebuilt in the 16th century, and retains only a piece of the original structure on its outer façade. Originally a Muslim door, heavily altered. In its current version it dates from 1576, and was built on a square base, with an interior patio surrounded by four towers covered by slate capitals. Its name comes from cambroneras, thorny bushes that grew here.
The structure has two gates and four towers and took on the nickname “Jew’s Gate” for a time, as it linked the river Tagus’ western bank to Toledo’s Jewish Quarter. On both sides there are Renaissance entrances with coats of arms, that of the city on the outside and of Felipe II on the inside. Below this can be senn a fine image of Santa Leocadia, patron saint of Toledo and of this door, which is the only one open to road traffic.
Puerta del Sol (Gate of Sun)
This medieval city gate can be found along the road from the Bisagra gate to Zocodover Plaza. The medallion above the arch of the gate depicts the ordination of the Visigothic Ildephonsus, Toledo’s patron saint. The name of the gate comes from the sun and the moon that were once painted on either side of this medallion.
Here is our list of best bars to have a cheap drink in Toledo, Spain
Whether you’re looking for a place to beat the heat and enjoy a cold one, or you want to get loosened up before a big night out, these suggestions will keep you crawling for more. From local haunts where locals play pool over drinks to lively theme pubs, old breweries, and live music hotspots – Toledo is a city where one never stays thirsty for long.
Typical Spanish brewery near Zocodover Plaza with a modern look that’s very distinct. Its absorbing interior is composed of 3 levels, with a glass floor that peers down onto the top of old medieval remains. Great tapas, very good prices, fun staff, and tons of character – don’t miss out.
Calle santa Fe, 1
tel. (+34) 925 281 297
This ia a family-owned joint located near Zocodover Plaza where guests can enjoy the best “carcamusas” (well seasoned pork or beef with stewed veggies) in the city, as well as great variety of other equally exquisite dishes, all served as large tapas at affordable prices. Try to get one of the four tables in the courtyard on a sunny day.
Plaza Magdalena, 10
tel. (+34) 925 223 384
Friendly Toledan bar where both locals and visitors enjoy beers, cocktails, and tasty tapas. Take your drinks over to the pool table or the dartboard and challenge a friend. Or sit down to a more tranquil game of chess or cards. Friendly and relaxed, this place is perfect for tapas, beer, and lively distractions – day or night.
Calle Sierpe, 11
This is a small Jazz and Rock pub where photos of greats, like Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, and Billy Holiday adorn the walls. With live performances every now and then, a great music selection, smooth lighting, and a cozy atmosphere, this bar rarely dissapoints.
Calle Alfonzo XII, 12
tel. (+34) 667 493 118
This is an English pub with a kitsch African Expedition theme. Swords, lances – all sorts of skins, weapons, and pictures fill the walls. A vegetarian’s nightmare perhaps, but well worth a visit, as the cocktails are equally creative as the décor.
Calle de Alfileritos, 4
tel. (+34) 925 239 625
O’Briens Irish Pub
A nice Irish pub located a half a block away from Zocodover Plaza in the old quarter. While it’s obviously not typical Toledan style, it is a good place to get tips about Toledo from English speaking locals. So tradition and authenticity aside, this is an easy going locale – and they serve the best Guinness in town.
Plaza de San Vincente, 2
10 Things you shouldn’t miss when visiting Toledo
The best of Old and New. Toledo is one of Spain’s oldest cities – rich with history, having been the long-time Spanish capital as well as an important centre of culture to the Romans, the Moors, Jews, Christians, and Visigoths. And yet, while steeped in rich history, modern Toledo embraces innovation and creativity – tangible in its active cultural and social scenes, which are all saturated with vibrant patrons and local zeal, welcoming visitors into a distinct and alluring community.
The Cathedral of Toledo
In the very core of the city, Toledo’s Cathedral is a place of worship not only to faith, but to great artistic achievement as well. The ornate white limestone façade houses a magnificent collection of works by artists of world renown including Goya, Raphael, and local hero El Greco. Stunning inside and out, this is an unquestionable and obligatory must-see.
Plaza del Ayuntamiento
Open Monday to Saturday 10h – 18h30 / Public Holidays and Sundays 14h – 18h30
tel.: (+34) 925 222 241
The Alcazar Fortress
Sitting atop Toledo’s highest hill, the Alcazar boasts the most sweeping and dramatic views of the city. At the Alcazar, rich history and imposing design combine with commanding views and grand scale to make it a place well worth discovering. Having served as a fortress in times of war, it now holds one of Europe’s largest municipal libraries as well as Toledo’s Military Museum.
Open October 1 to May 31, Tuesday to Saturday 10h – 19h and Sunday 10h – 15h
Open Jun 01 to Sep 30, Tuesday to Saturday 10h – 21h and Sunday 10h – 15h
€5 entry / FREE Sunday
tel. (+34) 925 238 800
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
Built by the Catholic monarchs to commemorate their victory over Afonso V of Portugal at the Battle of Toro, this 15th century monastery has a dramatic Mudejar style ceiling, cloisters, and three calming chapels. The main chapel is decorated with the coats of arms of the Catholic Monarchs supported by large eagles, and the granite façade on the exterior displays the chains of freed Christian prisoners.
Calle Reyes Católicos, 17
Open April 1 to September 30, 10h – 18h30
Open October 1 to March 30, 10h – 17h30
tel. (+34) 925 223 802
Walk Along the River Tagus
The river Tagus encircles Toledo on three sides providing an exciting walkway. Take an hour of your time and set out on the route of Don Quixote. You will find picnic areas, fishing spots, rock-climbing adventurers and more. Tired yet? Cross the river on the free ferry (Thursday to Sunday) and walk up the hill to the Church of the Virgin of the Valley and enjoy panoramic views of Toledo.
El Greco Museum
Among the typically narrow and lively streets of Toledo’s old Jewish quarter, lies the home of the famous local painter, sculptor, and architect El Greco. The museum’s two buildings share a beautiful courtyard and house many of the artist’s priceless works as well as a number of works by other 17th century Spanish painters.
Open April 1 to September 30, Tuesday to Saturday 09h30 – 20h / Public Holidays and Sundays 10h – 15h
Open October 1 to March 31, Tuesday to Saturday 09h30 – 18h30 / Public holidays and Sundays 10h – 15h
€3 entry / FREE Sunday / FREE Saturday after 16h
tel. (+34) 925 223 665
The City Gates and Bridges
Originally constructed by a Visigoth King in the year 674 AD, there are ten gates surrounding the interior of the old city of Toledo, each with a special and unique story to be told. It makes for a beautiful walk and, like everything else in Toledo, it’s peppered with historically significant points of interest. Find here the list of city gates and walls in Toledo.
The main plaza of Toledo is named after the market that was once held here in Moorish times. It’s still a hub of Toledan activity, branching out onto bustling Calle del Comercio – packed with tourists, shops, and cafés. While it is a major tourist magnet, it’s also a popular meeting point for locals and travellers alike.
The Roman Circus
Outside the city walls, the Roman Circus of Toledo was built during the 1st century, likely under the rule of Rome’s first Emperor, Augustus. While history lovers wait for current restoration projects to return the place to some semblance of its original form, the site still makes for a beautiful and relaxing stroll – whether or not its distant past is your point of interest.
Hospital of Tavera
While the building is extremely beautiful and impressive from the outside, the real treasures lie within its walls and Renaissance facades. Among works by El Greco, Titian, Rivera, and others, there are also remarkable tapestries, luxurious furniture and elegant 16th century décor. A small pharmacy museum is perhaps its most famous spectacle aside from the large marble sepulchre of Cardinal Tavera by Berruguete.
Duque of Lerma Museum
Calle Cardenal Tavera, 2
Open Monday to Saturday 10h – 13h30 and 15h – 17h30 / Sunday 10h – 13h30
tel. (+34) 925 220 451
Plaza de Toros
Just outside the narrow streets and city walls of Old Toledo, this iconic structure continues to host classic Spanish bullfights and still puts on some intense and impressive spectacles. And if bullfighting’s not your thing, no worries – the place is also frequently host to festivals, cultural events, and concerts. The ring’s construction reflects aspects of Moorish design and can hold roughly 9,000 people.
Avenida de la Plaza Toros
tel. (+34) 925 220 482