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Why rent a car in Toledo?

Located right in the heart of Spain, south of Madrid, Toledo is perched on a massive granite cliff, protected by the river Tagus and manmade fortifications. It’s called the ‘city of three cultures’, a reference to centuries of peaceful coexistence of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities. For its religious tolerance and rich cultural heritage, it was named a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Toledo is an excellent starting point to explore the rest of Spain. Once you’re there, you’ll be glad you arranged for a hire car in Toledo.

How to get to and around Toledo?

To get to Toledo first fly into one of the Madrid airports, the largest of which is Madrid-Barajas Airport, 56 miles from the centre of Toledo. In the city, most sights are within a 10-minute drive from the centre.

Entrance to the Old City is through the Puerta de Bisagra, a massive 10th century Moorish stone. There are no modern buildings, and the city has a medieval layout with plenty of alluring galleries, shops and cafes. Two main landmarks are the Gothic Catedral Primada Santa María de Toledo, where you can also see Goya paintings, and the Moorish palace-fortress Alcázar, an army museum, which was once home to the Castilian kings.

El Greco was born in Toledo. A replica of his former home is now a museum for his paintings, Museo del Greco. But it’s El Greco’s old parish church, Iglesia Santo Tomé, that holds an unmissable masterpiece: The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. The painting is a scene from the legend that when the pious count died, two saints descended from heaven and buried him themselves. Excellent evidence of Toledo’s multicultural history is the Santa María La Blanca, Europe’s oldest synagogue, built by Moorish craftsmen with Moorish Arabic décor and Jewish motifs and now owned by the Catholic church.

What brands are available?

A few of the car hire companies available for a car hire in Toledo are listed below:

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • Keddy By Car
  • National
  • OK RENT A CAR
  • Sixt
  • Must-sees within an easy drive of Toledo

    With a rental car in Toledo, some of the most attractive cities in Spain are within easy reach. Madrid is only about an hour north and has the largest and possibly most beautiful royal palace in Western Europe. Cuenca is an hour and 50 minutes away, and its incredible casas colgadas, ‘hanging houses’ sticking out of cliff edges, must be seen to be believed. Less than five hours also gets you to Seville in Andalusia, for authentic flamenco, or to Malaga, Picasso’s birthplace, to visit the well-known Picasso Museum and relax on one of the glorious Costa del Sol beaches.

    Tips and tricks for driving in Spain

    An international driving licence is not necessary if you have a licence issued in a EU or EEA country, but you must be older than 18 to drive in Spain. Drive on the right.

    The speed limit on motorways at present is 75mph, on open roads 62mph and in town centres 30mph. Always keep your licence, ID (passport), insurance and car hire papers with you.

    ‘Gasoleo’ is not gasoline but diesel. Leaded petrol is usually sold as ‘super or super 97’ and unleaded petrol as ‘sin plomo’.

    Ready to plan your Toledo city break?

    Feeling excited about planning your trip to Toledo and the rest of Spain? Check out this city guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.

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