Puerta del Alcázar
Iglesia de San Pedro
One of the city's later churches, its light, sandstone exterior is a pleasant complement to the granite austerity that reigns inside the...
Catedral del Salvador
Ávila's 12th-century cathedral is both a house of worship and an ingenious fortress: its stout granite apse forms the central bulwark in...
Hostería Las Cancelas
This courtyard restaurant occupies a delightful interior patio dating back to the 15th century. Renowned for being a mainstay of Ávila...
Ávila's splendid 12th-century walls stretch for 2.5km atop the remains of earlier Roman and Muslim battlements and rank among the world's best-preserved medieval defensive perimeters. Two sections of the walls can be climbed – a 300m stretch that can be accessed from just inside the Puerta del Alcázar , and a longer 1300m stretch that runs the length of the old city's northern perimeter. The admission price includes a multilingual audioguide.
Raised to a height of 12m between the 11th and 12th centuries, the walls have been much restored and modified, with various Gothic and Renaissance touches, and even some Roman stones reused in the construction. At dusk they attract swirls of swooping and diving swallows.