The 2 places we visited in Madrid were the Prado and Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Museums. Much of the Prado Museum is devoted to the artists Velázquez, El Greco, and Goya. It wasn’t one of our favorites. The Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is predominantly Spanish modern art which we skipped in favor of rooms devoted to Picasso, Dalí, and Miró which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Toledo is an easy day trip from Madrid. The Lonely Planet guide recommends a visit. Apparently, the whole world took their advice.
Toledo was crammed with tourists (in early January?) to the point where we got sick of them – even though we were one of them. The line for the Santa Cruz Museum was daunting. The narrow winding streets were congested with them.
Of the several places we visited in Toledo, one was exceptional. The Santa Iglesia Catedral Primada is well worth a visit, even with the expensive entry fee. The exterior of the Santa Iglesia Catedral Primada is nothing exceptional but the interior is spectacular. The massive interior is lavishly decorated with wood carvings, sculpture, and paintings. See it to believe it.