Toledo and the marzipan

Each place has its own cuisine and its own products that their neighbors feel enormously proud of. And greater is the reason when one of these products is famous and appreciated worldwide. And this is precisely what you feel when we talk about Toledo’s world-famous marzipan.

The tradition affirms that this product was elaborated for the first time back in 1212 by the nuns of the Convent of San Clemente, when the city was being subjected to a prolonged siege of the Muslim troops, and a terrible famine began to wreak havoc in the population. The nuns of this convent decided to mix equally two products that had in abundance, which were sugar and almonds, getting this sweet product that solved that problem and gave rise to a traditional sweet still consumed today.

And still the nuns of that convent continue to elaborate the marzipan in an artisan way, just like the nuns in other convents spread throughout the city. There are even other workshops with a long tradition whose marzipans are appreciated by Toledo and tourists. But not only is the traditional marzipan, but different varieties enriched with almonds, pine nuts, angel hair … etc. That’s why it’s easy when you walk around Toledo to find a convent or a workshop that proudly displays its products and sells them directly to the public. Whether you want to taste them personally, or surprise a relative or friend with a delicious gift, we recommend you take advantage of the occasion and enjoy this world-renowned delicacy.

Toledo Book Fair

From May 12 to 20, 2018, the “XIII Toledo Book Fair” is being held in the central square of Zocodover, which this year has taken as slogan “Both worlds, Women in literature”.

A good number of publishers, bookstores and cultural collectives participate in the fair this year with the purpose of bringing the books closer to all those who are interested in reading. In addition, the Fair is complemented by different workshops, talks, concerts and different activities to make it more attractive to all types of audiences.

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Exhibition “The Spain of the Austrias”

In the lower transept of the Santa Cruz Museum You can enjoy this exhibition integrated by almost 300 pieces where you can admire paintings of El Greco, Carducho, Tristán or Ribera, and splendid textiles such as the historical banners of Cardinal Mendoza and the Holy Brotherhood.

It is divided into four sections. One with pieces from the 15th century that shows the origin of the House of Austria with the union of the Catholic Monarchs. Two others with rooms dedicated to Charles V and Felipe II. And another showing the decline of the crown.

And all this in a building as important and interesting to see as is the old Hospital of Santa Cruz.