The city of Toledo is located on the right side of the Tajo River, on a 100 metres high hill, which goes around the city, forming a meander. Toledo has a population of more than eighty three thousands inhabitants and a dispersed configuration with separate quarters: Azucaica, on the right side of the river, located 6km from the city centre; Santa María de Benquerencia, located opposite Azucaica on the left side of the river and 8 km from the city centre, and Valparaiso-La Legua- Vistahermosa that is a residential zone located 5 km from the city centre.
With regard to the economy, it is built around the tourism, commercial sector, public administration and other elements of the service sector.
Toledo is a comfortable city where a quiet life predominates, in contrast to the nearby cities in northern Toledo such as Madrid (72 km) and medium-sized cities forming a ring around Madrid (Parla, Getafe, Leganés, Fuenlabrada, etc.). They have a fast pace of life.
Toledo has a very good internal and excellent communications with the rest of surrounding cities. It is surrounded by four important dual carriageways (A-42, AP-41, A-40 and “Los viñedos” dual carriageway) which connect Toledo with the north, south, east and west of the peninsula. Moreover, Toledo has the AVE (It is a service of high-speed train) which connects Toledo with the city centre of Madrid in 25 or 30 minutes, as well as a regular coach line which connects Toledo with La Sagra region, the metropolitan zone of Madrid.
You can place our School inside the city with this information:
- Culinary Arts school Toledo is located in the north district of Toledo, San Antón quarter and Salto del Caballo
- Urban bus service: There is a bus stop at the same school. Lines: 5, 91 and 10.
Toledo is a city with a very good communication infrastructure both by road and railway. The School is located in the access of Madrid and it has a bus stop which is directly connected to the bus station (one bus stop distance) and AVE train station (two bus stop distance).
- The city has a very good internal communications and there is a bus stop at the same school. (Lines: 5, 91 and 10) with a direct connection to the bus station (one bus stop distance) and AVE train station (two bus stop distance).
- Toledo also has excellent communications with the rest of surrounding cities. It is surrounded by four important dual carriageways (A-42, AP-41, A-40 and “Los viñedos” dual carriageway) which connect Toledo with the north (45 min from Madrid), south, east and west of the peninsula.
- The city has the AVE (It is a service of high-speed train) which connects Toledo with the city centre of Madrid in 25 or 30 minutes.
- There is also an interurban bus service which connects Toledo with Madrid (from Plaza Elíptica), the surrounding metropolitan area and La Sagra region; it also connects the capital cities of the autonomous community of Castile- La Mancha by Ciudad Directo service and the the surrounding metropolitan area of Toledo by service (Nambroca, Burguillos, Mocejón, Bargas, Olías del Rey, Argés y Cobisa).
Regarding the different quarters where you can find accommodation, we recommend:
- North district: San Antón, Avenida Europa, Salto del Caballo and Plaza de Toros quarters. Slightly further away Santa Teresa, Palomarejos and Buenavista quarters.
- Historic centre district is attractive and has a good Communication by bus and a short 20 minutes walk away from Zocodover Square. Flats are usually more expensive and in worse condition.
- Azucaica quarter is another option. It is a residential zone with detached houses of new construction. It has an independent way of life like a village (it was till 1965) and it is situated 5 km from the Historic Centre. Prices are very competitive (approximately 150/175 euros per room, in a four rooms flat). There is a bus stop at the school, line 10, just one stop distance (5-10 minutes with a 30- minute frequency).
- Santa María de Benquerencia quarter (The “Poligono” quarter) is still further removed (8km) and it is one of the biggest quarters in Toledo (25% of the population). It has two areas: the closest to the city centre and the other one further away (the least advisable). It is also one of the furthest zones from our School. It is connected by line bus 91 (approximately 20 minutes), but with a very competitive price and sporting and service areas.
- Santa Bárbara quarter, connected by line bus 5 (10-15 minutes with a 15- minute frequency). It is advisable the surrounding area of Paseo de La Rosa and AVE train station.
- Valparaiso, La Legua, Vistahermosa quarters, or Hilton hotel zone. It a zone with chalets with a garden, too far away from the School and with a bad communication.
Toledo is a quiet city, with a very deep neighbourhood life. Culinary Arts School Toledo has created a space so that our students find accommodation sharing a flat with other students of the School. This improves the communication and the relationships between groups. So, we use the online network Facebook, through the profile Bolsa de vivienda ehtoledo.