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Phase 4: (from Moraira) to Toledo

Another choice based on distance

sunny 20 °C
View Southern road trip on moustache17's travel map.

Making my way to the Northern Spanish coastline I needed another casual stop on the way.

Around 500Km, Toledo fits that requirement.
As with other cities on this trip, I have not visited them all in the past and frankly - I have little knowledge of them up front.
Always a quick look on Wikipedia.
As I know now, pictures and a short description do not cover the whole story.

Let me be short here.
Unless you have to or have your own pressing reasons, DO NOT STOP HERE.

After all the good experiences in the last 9 days, Toledo was a big disappointment for me.
I do not want to discourage you too much but
- the town is dirty
- cars are constantly driving in the small alleys and are rude to pedestrians
- therefor it smells of car fumes
- there is little to see

The only positive note was the road.
My GPS took me on motorways but half the road was more regional.
Hardly any cars but nice vistas.
Hardly any villages. Occasional Bodega or Finca.
Vineyards on both sides for 200Km.
Mountain range to the left with the typical La Mancha windmills (yes, Don Quichote).

I stayed in an Eurostars, 4 stars.
But the food was awful, impossible to image a "chef" can mess up pulpo and some ravioli!
And a kid keeping me awake, constantly crying. (I guess I should stop asking for a quiet room because the Spanish probably want you to experience the other side with drunk people and occasional baby).

So I stayed in most of the Saturday (today).
A chance to update this blog and get the rest of my trip sorted out.
With the experience of Toledo I did some internet digging and found a top 15 of Spanish cities - must see....
So, Salamanca/Picos de Europa/Bilbao/San Sebastian to go - and Bordeaux 4 days.
Maybe but probably not, Santiago de Compostella/Burgos/Logrono out - guess I have seen enough inner cities.

Most important - tomorrow settle into a good Salamance hotel and watch the cycle tour Paris/Roubaix.
After that, the trail can continue on Monday.

A la proxima!

Posted by moustache17 10:24 Archived in Spain Tagged toledo

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