Ávila

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  • Ávila
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  • Sightseeing
  • History
  • Tradition and food
  • Getting there

Ávila, about a 60-minute drive from Madrid, has kept a unique historical legacy. Named a World Heritage Site in 1985, this Castilian city is still enclosed by its Medieval walls, 2.5km in length. The Old Town is the fine result of fruitful interaction between the Jews, the Muslims and the Christians.

The walls

The Medieval walls, 2.5km long, are punctuated by 88 turrets and 9 gates, Puerta de San Vicente and Puerta de Alcázar being the most impressive of those guarding the Romanesque defensive rampart. You can walk along the entire perimeter of the city walls on the outer side. Activities include ‘Theatre in the City Walls’, “Legendary Guided Tours’, ‘Medieval Festivals”, and others.

Ávila Cathedral

The apse of the Cathedral actually forms part of the walls, which reminds us of its defensive nature. The interior contains Romanesque sections, while the newer ones show a Gothic style. In fact, Ávila was among the first Castilian towns to use Gothic elements.

Other sights of interest

  • Church of San Martín. Featuring the most original belfry tower in town, the brick and ashlar exterior endows the structure with an unmistakable Mudéjar character.
  • St Teresa Convent and Museum. Standing on the site where St Teresa of Ávila’s birthplace used to be, this convent features a crypt that is quite unique in the history of religious architecture in Spain.
  • House of Los Deanes. This traditional house is home to the Provincial Museum, showing valuable archaeological exhibits.

 

Guided tours

In Ávila you can choose among several guided or dramatised tours: ‘St Teresa’s Train’, ‘The City Walls by Night’, ‘Legendary Ávila’, ‘Ávila and Its Noble Mansions’, ‘Ávila, a World Heritage City’, and others.

 

Other Tourist Trains

A unique way of traveling to and discovering Alcalá de Henares, the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes. From 18 September to 4 December, 2021

A period train running between Madrid and Aranjuez recreates the Region of Madrid’s first rail line. Running every week-end from September 18 to October 31, 2021

Get on this vintage train whose steam locomotive pushes its way past stunning landscapes in southeast Madrid. Due to the situation caused by COVID-19, the Arganda Train service is suspended until further notice.

Travel from Madrid to San Lorenzo de El Escorial on a vintage train and unveil the secrets of King Philip II’s empire. From 25 September

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  • Hop onto a train or bus and leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind.

    Day Trips
  • Catedral de Toledo
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  • Get around the city easily, quickly and economically with our tourist travel card which gives unlimited use of all public transport.

    Tourist Travel Pass
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An observation deck at 92 metres.

Our online store (in Spanish) sells artisan souvenirs.

Guided tours for all ages (in Spanish).