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Europe Travel: Ávila, Spain in an Afternoon – Activity Recommendations

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This is a list of activity recommendations for an afternoon in Ávila, Spain.


The basics

  • Ávila, Spain
  • Travel to Salamanca from Segovia, a one hour drive, or from Madrid

Map of Locations

At-a-glance activities

ÁvilaActivity
AfternoonWalls of Ávila
Ávila Cathedral
Basilica of San Vincente
Convent of Saint Teresa

Ávila UNESCO World Heritage site

LocationSignificance
Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches“Founded in the 11th century to protect the Spanish territories from the Moors, this ‘City of Saints and Stones’, the birthplace of St Teresa and the burial place of the Grand Inquisitor Torquemada, has kept its medieval austerity. This purity of form can still be seen in the Gothic cathedral and the fortifications which, with their 82 semicircular towers and nine gates, are the most complete in Spain.”
UNESCO World Heritage Center

Day 1: Arrive to Ávila & walk around the city

Arrive to Ávila from Segovia or Madrid. Explore the city’s walls and enter the old town.

Map of Locations

Walls of Ávila: The most complete fortifications across Spain, these walls date back to the 11th century.
Ávila Cathedral: The first Gothic cathedral in Spain, dating back to the 11th century. Its apse is part of the city’s wall fortifications.
Basilica of San Vincente: Romanesque style Basilica dating back to the 12th century.
Convent of Saint Teresa: The church of St Teresa was built in the 17th century on the site where the saint lived one hundred years before.

Depart to Salamanca, Spain

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