Cerro del Bú

Toledo, Spain

Predating Roman Toledo, this small but steep hill on the less populated side of the Río Tajo is sprinkled with Bronze Age remains overlain with vestiges of a 10th-century Moorish fort. A path leads down from the main road where there’s an explanatory board and site map. It’s best integrated into a visit to the Mirador del Valle viewpoint nearby.

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Carretera Alto, Toledo, Spain
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Founded: 10th century
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Spain

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Carlos De La Torre (2 years ago)
Asentamiento antiguo de Toledo, son restos arqueológicos de una antigua fortaleza, aún en periodo de excavación pero en un paraje donde se tiene la ciudad a la vista con una panorámica inigualable. Totalmente recomendable por su historia además por la carretera de circunvalación. Es imprescindible ir en coche y hay aparcamiento unos metros más arriba.
José Carlos Rodríguez Martinez (2 years ago)
Una pequeña montaña junto al río Tajo llena de naturaleza y vida, aunque muchas veces no la podamos ver y con una historia a sus espaldas de más de 2000 años
Alberto Conde (2 years ago)
Excelente mirador del Valle del Tajo en Toledo con su propia historia.
JAMF (2 years ago)
Muy recomendable para turistas.
Crispin Szydzik (5 years ago)
Great view
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