Ávila is located in a hilly area northwest of Madrid. This beautiful city is known for its perfectly preserved, medieval walls that have remained in perfect condition up to the present day. Ávila makes its visitants feel as if they had travelled to another era. You will definitely feel enthralled by more than 80 semi-circular crenelated towers and 9 gates that provide entrance to the town. The city is located next to the Adaja river. At 1131m above sea level, it is the highest settlement in Spain, so snowfall is common during the colder periods. The monumental and historical wealth of Ávila is based on a mixture of cultures (Roman, Vetonic, Visigothic, Muslim, Romanesque and modern). This mixture gives it a special charm that no visitant can miss. Not only its medieval wall, but also the spectacular cathedral of El Salvador, the basilica of San Vicente, the Royal Monastery of Saint Thomas and the convent of Saint Teresa are all places worth seeing. Ávila’s Patron, Saint Teresa of Jesus was an outstanding Spanish mystic and writer. The V Centenary of her birth was celebrated in 2015 with countless events. Any stroll through its streets will give you a dose of history. Don’t let it miss you!
The Province of Avila:
The province has spectacular places which are ideal for those who need to get in touch with nature:
- Sierra de Gredos: Declared a regional park in 1996, the Sierra de Gredos Nature Reserve is one of the province's greatest natural and tourist attractions. In the area you can do hiking and cycling routes.
- Arenas de San Pedro and Grutas del Águila: The Condestable Dávalos Castle, also known as Castle of the Sad Countess or the Royal Palace of Don Luis de Borbón and Farnesio are a must. In addition, Grutas del Águila are some of the most beautiful calcium caves in Europe.
There are several trails in the province ideal for hiking or cycling (More info)