Some call Toledo the soul of Spain – others know it as a haven for affordable hotels and backpacker hostels. The old town is the soul of most Spanish cities, but in Toledo – a Unesco World Heritage Site – every street and building is sun-baked with ancient tradition. In the Middle Ages, Christians, Muslims and Jews lived here in harmony, with the looming cathedral a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Day-trippers often arrive from Madrid – which is 45mi (72km) away – but its many hostels and affordable hotels have made it a mecca for backpackers. Here’s where to get the best bang for your buck – now bookable on Culture Trip.