If you were to put a pin right in the middle of a map of Spain you’d pretty well hit Toledo. 45 miles (70km) south of Madrid. It makes an easy day-trip and is well worth the effort. Toledo sits on a hilltop with fabulous views – once a necessity for seeing the approach of all those invading armies – above a bend in the River Tagus, the Iberian Peninsula’s longest river, which travels through Portugal to reach the sea at Lisbon.Toledo has been an important city on the Iberian Peninsula since the Bronze Age, acting as a strong hold for the Romans, then the Visigoths before a long period of Moorish rule. The city was famous for the co-existence of Muslims, Jews and Christians, hence Toledo’s interesting architectural mix of mosques, synagogues and churches.
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