Toledo, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is a city rich in traditions, so the stay in the city of the three cultures can be used for other activities other than hunting, which will delight lovers of culture and Secular traditions. We offer here some of the most interesting that you can enjoy today.
Toledo, a millenary city, has some famous customs and traditions that are worthy of knowing. Without a doubt the most outstanding festivity of the city in the Corpus Christi, which takes place shortly before the beginning of summer.
This festival is also known by the Toledos as “The big Week”, because it is certainly the most important day in the calendar of the religious and traditional celebrations of the city. During these days the most important streets of the city are adorned for the height of the festival, which is the procession with the custody of Arfe. The balconies and facades of the city show beautiful ornaments and bouquets of flowers, and the streets through which the procession is going to be protected with awnings to alleviate the intense sun during this time in Toledo.
On the occasion of this festivity, different cultural, sporting and artistic events have been organized for weeks.
The importance of this party is so much that it has been recognized as festivals of international tourist interest.
More information on the website http://corpustoledo.org/
THE HOLY WEEK
Like Corpus Christi, the Holy Week of Toledo also has the recognition of Fiesta of international tourist interest, and has different attractions that make it worthy of living in the first person. It joins the religious roots of the city of Toledo with the impressive scenery that offer its intricate streets, which create a unique atmosphere of meditation that can only be explained by participating in it. It is not necessary to be a religious person to enjoy the processions that go through the old streets of the historical center, being able to participate directly in them, or like a simple spectator, enjoying artistic images that come out to the street accompanied By faithful and penitents dressed in original habits.
The Toledo processions do not have the same bustle of those of other famous towns, but rather they offer a recollection and devotion more typical of the small Castilian cities.
More information can be available on the website www.semanasantatoledo.com
THE AUGUST FAIR
The so-called “patron saint festivities” of Toledo are held in mid-August. In particular, the 15th day is celebrated on the day of the Virgin of the Tabernacle, patron of the city. On the occasion of this festivity, several cultural, artistic and leisure events have been held during a few days, and the fairgrounds of “La Peraleda” are full of attractions and different places.
A very Toledo custom is to go on the same day 15 to the cloister of the cathedral to drink water, which is available in Botijos around the entire enclosure, extracted from a spring that is in the basement of the temple itself.
SHOPPING IN TOLEDO
If what we want is to take us from Toledo some of its more traditional products, and of the best quality, there are some of them that will be indispensable in our suitcase.
Toledo marzipan is incomparable to any other elaborated out of town. For your recipe, only sugar and almonds are used in equal parts, and there are convents and workers all over the old town that are produced according to the original recipe.
Also famous are the Toledo swords, appreciated in antiquity by their resistance, which made them the most valuable weapons on the battlefield. Nowadays such use is not necessary, but some teachers still resist espaderos elaborating swords, knives and other types of high quality white weapons for ornamental purposes. Some of the most famous swords that we see in the current films of Holywood have their manufacture in Toledo. It won’t be hard to find shops where we can admire and buy some of these jewels.
No less known is the damascened Toledano, imported in Arab times from Damascus (Syria), and which is based on the inlay of gold and silver threads on other surfaces. It is a very complicated technique, and it has a small number of artists who produce real works of art. In our walk through the historic center of the city we can find different establishments where we can see these artists working, and to buy various ornamental items or everyday use created with this technique.