Toledo’s Most Beautiful Garden – By A Mile!

The hills surrounding Toledo are studded by posh country houses called “cigarrales”. For hundreds of years, these tranquil abodes have been serving as an escape for the Toledanian elite during the summer months, when temperatures in the city climb to a brain-baking 45ยบC.

The cigarrales are still in private hands today and not freely accessible to the general public, but I got lucky on Sunday! One of the cigarrales, the largest and oldest of them, El Cigarral Del Angel Custodio, happens to belong to one of Maria’s clients, and she smuggled me in ๐Ÿ™‚

This cigarral dates back to the eleventh century, when Spain was ruled by the Moors, and the Arab influence is evident in the design and lay-out of its extensive gardens.

Oh, the gardens… so stunningly beautiful with all the roses in bloom… anyway, that’s the whole point of this post. And without further a do, care to take a tour?

Garden 1Garden 2Fountain

Part of "The Garden Of The Poets"

Part of “The Garden Of The Poets”

PoetAngelView and fountain

Statue of a Capuchin monk

Statue of a Capuchin monk

Garden viewCypresses

Well, there's got to be a bit of kitsch...!

Well, there’s got to be a bit of kitsch…!

Garden 3

A most fabulous view of Toledo :)

A most fabulous view of Toledo ๐Ÿ™‚



What? Of course there was free food and drink involved!!!

Of course there was free food and drink involved, what did you think!?! My new career as a gatecrashing freeloader is coming along swimmingly…

And delicious it was, too ๐Ÿ™‚

The Cigarral De Angel Custodio is available for hire as a wedding venue, and on that particular day, they had laid on a little matinee fiesta for all the couples who’d got married there over the years. If you want to see more pictures of this place, here’s their website.



35 thoughts on “Toledo’s Most Beautiful Garden – By A Mile!

  1. June

    I have three flower beds and three veg beds and they take all my spare time. Can you imagine how long it would take to maintain this lot?! Looks fab, though.


  2. Expat Eye

    Wow, almost makes me want to get married! Almost ๐Ÿ˜‰ And you even managed to get in a few lanterns – bless. But how did all the Latvians get in? ๐Ÿ˜‰


  3. Kim in Fiji

    I never tire of gardens, but quickly tire of sculptures … obviously I was never a sculptor in a next life. But I do have a soft spot for for the cherub and for Senor Grumpy temporarily. Gardens in desert areas are the most precious. Gorgeous!


  4. joannesisco

    What a beautiful location for a wedding! It certainly beats the sorry little low-budget venue where I had my wedding ๐Ÿ™‚

    I particularly like the photo of the trees lining the roadway. They look like an honour guard ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Jackie Cangro

    Well they just let anyone into the cigarelles these days, don’t they? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The title of your post did not lie — it does look like the most beautiful garden in Toledo. I’m always interested in fountain statuary, and I really like the girl pouring water from her jug into the pool. Lovely. As are the views of the city! About how far is this cigarral from the city?


    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      It’s very close, I could probably walk there in 25 minutes. 5 mins in the car.

      Did you notice, in the first fountain girl pic, that it looks like she’s about to put the jug over the (slightly unfotogenic) tourist? ๐Ÿ˜‰



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