Toledo is home to many different kinds of sports and activities, ranging from just walking around the beautiful landscapes, to their very own Football Club. Since Toledo is a city in Spain, football, which of course is known as soccer to us in the United States, is very popular. Not only is their interpretation of football very popular in Toledo, but with the rapid spread of the NFL into foreign countries, maybe one day an NFL game will be held somewhere in the city of Toledo.
Club Deportivo Toledo, better known as CD Toledo, is the regional football team that plays in Toledo, Spain. Founded about 100 years ago in 1928, CD Toledo is a relatively young club team even when comparing it to their nearby neighbors, Real-Madrid Club de Fútbol, who was founded in 1902. CD Toledo holds their games in Estadio Salto del caballo which is in the middle of the city and can hold more than 5,000 spectators. Watching a football game is a great way to connect with the culture and the spirit of Spain.
While CD Toledo is not very well known for being the best Fútbol club in Spain, only an hour away from Toledo, Real Madrid plays their games. Real Madrid is one of the most famous clubs in the world and have been dominant in the sport for many years. Real Madrid is known for having famous football players to play for them such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Marcelo, and many more. Many Toledo born football fans quickly become fans of Real Madrid due to the proximity and the popularity of the team.
The Plaza de Zocodover in Toledo is a town square where many people have met up throughout Spain’s history. It was designed by Juan de Herrera during Philip II’s reign and since then has acted as the city’s main square. Many different celebrations are held here, it is a common meeting place for the people of Toledo, and it is a popular place for children to play on the playgrounds and even for people of all ages to play sports in the streets of the square.
According to the 2019 Bloomberg Health Report, Spain ranked number 1 amongst 169 other countries in health variables such as life expectancy, tobacco use and obesity. Another key part to keeping Toledo and the rest of Spain so healthy is the amount of outdoor activities that you can partake in. With the many mountains in and around Spain, there are countless opportunities to hike around the mountains in between Madrid and Toledo or even rock-climb in some areas. There are also many water activities such as wakeboarding, kayaking, or paddle boarding in the Tajo river. Not only are there extreme activities like wakeboarding or rock climbing, but there are a ton of parks in Toledo where you can just walk around or play soccer with your buddies after school. Whatever your taste is, whether it be watching a football match or hiking a mountain, Toledo has something that will satisfy it.