Top Choice Cathedral in Ávila

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 the historic city walls. The sombre, Gothic-style facade conceals a magnificen…
Top Choice Walls in 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 b…
Church in Ávila

Basílica de San Vicente

This graceful church is a masterpiece of Romanesque simplicity: a series of largely Gothic modifications in sober granite contrasted with the warm sandstone of the Romanesque original. Work started in the 11th centu…
Convent in Ávila

Convento de San José

The unremarkable Convento de San José was the first convent Santa Teresa founded, in 1562. The saint herself is said to have helped build it.
Church in Ávila

Convento de Santa Teresa

Built in 1636 around the room where the saint was born in 1515, this is the epicentre of the cult surrounding Teresa. There are three attractions in one here: the church, a relics room and a museum. Highlights inclu…
Church in Ávila

Iglesia de San Andrés

North of the old city and dating from the 12th century, this is Ávila's oldest church and a fine example of Romanesque architecture, although the exterior is a little scarred by later restorations. Opening hours can…
Church in Ávila

Iglesia de San Juan Bautista

This quiet parish church dates from the 16th century and contains the font in which Santa Teresa was baptised on 4 April 1515. The church can be visited before and after Mass.
Church in Ávila

Iglesia de San Pedro

One of the city's prettier churches, the light, sandstone exterior of the Iglesia de San Pedro (dating from the 12th or 13th centuries) is a pleasant complement to the granite austerity that reigns inside the city w…
Museum in Ávila

Museo Provincial

This regional museum includes local ethnographic exhibits (the 1932 photos by Albert Klemm are particularly interesting), as well as Roman artefacts and some fine medieval paintings.
Monastery in Ávila

Monasterio de la Encarnación

North of the city walls, this unadorned Renaissance monastery is where Santa Teresa fully took on the monastic life and lived for 27 years. One of the three main rooms open to the public is where the saint is said t…