Getting lost in new streets. Discovering new bites. Soaking in breathtaking vistas. While we love every experience that comes with exploring a new place, we believe nothing brings a location to life more than the people you meet along the way. That’s why EF introduces travelers to expert local guides who know their cities and countries inside and out. After all, anyone can you get you to a place like Spain. But by learning from the people who fully know, live, and love the culture every day, you and your students will make the kind of connections that help you truly get Spain.
Speaking of, say “¡Hola!” to Carlos, a local guide who loves helping travelers explore his hometown of Toledo, Spain. This ancient hilltop city and former Spanish capital is known as a place where Jews, Christians, and Muslims once peacefully coexisted, earning Toledo the nickname, “the city of three cultures.” Today, it’s one of Spain’s most well-preserved historical sites, where craftsmen still use traditional methods to make tiles, swords, and jewelry.
We sat down with Carlos to learn more about Toledo, his role in giving the best guided tours of Spain, and his and his family’s deep-rooted connection to the city—which ultimately led him, his brother, his niece, and his daughter to become proud local guides.