Welcome to Ávila
Ávila's old city, surrounded by imposing city walls comprising eight monumental gates, 88 watchtowers and more than 2500 turrets, is one of the best-preserved medieval bastions in Spain. In winter, when an icy wind whistles in off the plains, the old city huddles behind the high stone walls as if seeking protection from the harsh Castilian climate. At night, when the walls are illuminated to magical effect, you'll... Read More
Top experiences in Ávila
Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid
Your day trip from Madrid to Avila begins with a stop at hilltop Los Cuatro Postes to admire superb panoramic views over the city of Avila, dotted with church towers and Gothic palaces, and declared a UNESCO ‘Heritage of Mankind’ city.Entering the 11th-century city walls encircling Avila, notice how the 90 fortified towers and circular turrets look like they’ve stepped out of a storybook, and hear how Avila is an important pilgrimage site as the birthplace of the mystic writer Saint Teresa of Jesus (1515–82). Then explore two of the best examples from the astounding array of Romanesque and Gothic churches in Avila, packed with one of the highest concentrations of Romanesque and Gothic churches in Spain.Your guided visit to Avila’s churches takes you to San Vicente Basilica, a Gothic masterpiece and home to some of Spain’s most prized examples of Romanesque sculpture. Then see how Gothic and Romanesque architecture combine in Avila’s celebrated cathedral, with its fortress design and alabaster chapels and tombs.Continue your Segovia day trip to see one of the finest Roman-era monuments in Spain -- Segovia's Roman aqueduct. Admire the scale of this incredible feat of engineering, built entirely without mortar during the reign of Augustus in the 1st century AD, and see how the aqueduct originally had 118 arches and was 10 miles (16 kilometers) long.Your guided tour of Segovia also takes you to the famous Alcazar, a beautiful 11th-century medieval fort that inspired the design of Disney’s fairytale castle. One of the finest Moorish fortresses in Spain, it’s also at the heart of one of the most significant group of medieval buildings in the country. Step back in time and imagine the medieval tournaments that once took place here, and the heroic knights who fought in the court of the kings of Castile who ruled from Segovia.Complete your Segovia guided visit with a look at the city’s impressive cathedral, the last Gothic cathedral built in Spain and known as ‘the Lady of the Cathedrals’.On this day trip to Segovia you have the option of including a tourist-style lunch of stuffed veal or a superb gastronomic meal featuring local Segovian specialties such as roasted suckling pig.
Avila and Salamanca Guided Day Tour from Madrid
Enjoy the scenery as you travel to two of Spain’s most beautiful cities, Avila and Salamanca.Along the way, hear how UNESCO-listed Avila is one of Spain’s best-preserved medieval cities and still girded by its original walls. Discover why it’s known as the City of Stones and Saints, and on approach, admire the walls with their crenelated towers and gates.On arrival, explore some of Avila’s attractions with your guide, including the fortress-like cathedral, the Shrine to St Vincent at the Basilica of St Vincent, and the well-preserved walls.Drive to Salamanca as your guide sheds light on this UNESCO World Heritage site city, best known for its 12th-century university and glorious medieval and baroque architecture.Enter the historical center and ogle the sandstone-built Plaza Mayor, regarded as Spain’s most beautiful grand square. Admire the Old and New Cathedrals; see the exquisitely carved façade of the entrance to Salamanca University, and then capture the splendid city views from Salamanca’s partly restored, arched Roman Bridge.Afterward, enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) and to explore independently before your return to Madrid. Your tour then ends back in Madrid.
Segovia and Avila Guided Day Tour From Madrid
Avila is one of the oldest cities in Spain, with its greatly preserved walls from the eleventh century.These walls, around the ancient city, give Avila the appearance of a castle town, and make it one of the greatest examples of a fortified medieval city. In Avila, there are numerous Romanesque churches, Gothic palaces, and the Cathedral of Avila, from the twelfth century also fortified. The city is the birthplace of St. Teresa, representative of the Spanish Catholic mysticism. You will visit the exterior of the Cathedral, the Romanesque Basilica of San Vicente, Plaza Mayor, and go along the Teresian route, through the San Juan Bautista Church, San Juan de la Cruz Square, and to the Convent and House of Santa Teresa. From Avila, you will continue on to Segovia, a town that is very rich in historical monuments, highlighting the majestic Roman aqueduct from the time of Augustus. One of the best preserved ancient monuments left on the Iberian Peninsula.You will see the Gothic Cathedral, which was the last built in Spain of this style, and the Alcazar of the XII century, ancient fortified residence of the kings of Castile. The Segovia Alcazar, is a spectacular building that dominates the Castilian landscape.This building, started as an Arab fort, which itself was built on Roman ruins, that once were used, also as fortifications.Both towns, Avila and Segovia, are World Heritage Cities.
Avila and Segovia Guided Tour with Lunch Upgrade
Enjoy a complimentary pick up from your hotel to the departure point -only in selected hotels. Departure from Madrid at 9:00 am in an air conditioned motor coach, and through the beautiful Madrid mountain range to arrive in the old city of Avila. At arrival, you will start your walking tour in this medieval city, to admire its unique wall, the most well-preserved medieval wall in Europe, the Plaza Mayor, the outskirts of the Cathedral, the first Gothic cathedral raised in Spain, or the convent of Saint Therese, where she spent the most part of her life, and visit to the San Vicente basilica, a very important Romanesque monument. At mid morning, transportation to Segovia, to have a typical Castilian lunch -optional. If you do not wish to buy the lunch, you can enjoy a typical Spanish "tapa", accompanied by wine, water or soda -included. After lunch, walking tour in the narrow streets of Segovia, and visit to it´s Gothic Cathedral -one of the most beautiful in the country- and the Alzacar fortress, a fairy tale castle, and one of the images of our country.At mid afternoon, return to Madrid by air conditioned motor coach.
Avila and Segovia:Guided Day Tour from Madrid with lunch
This tour visits two cities "Heritage of Mankind" starting on Avila, birthplace Santa Teresa de Jesús origin of Catholic Mysticism, and its most impressive monuments. We will proceed to Segovia, where you will have lunch (2 different choices). After that, you will continue the tour of this very well preserved old Roman city with the astonishing Aqueduct, Cathedral and Alcazar among other unique buildings and monuments.Make the best of your stay while in Madrid and embark on the Avila and Segovia: Guided Day Tour from Madrid and have the experience of a lifetime.
Super Saver: Avila and Salamanca Day Trip Plus Madrid Walking tour
At Salamanca, you will have the opportunity to visit the patrimonial legacy with innumerable corners and details. Get to know the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca, which is characterized by its impressive baroque ornaments with details.. You will also have the chance to know the Cathedral. You will spend 3 hours in Salamanca before leaving to Avila. In Avila you will get to know the ramparts of Avila, San Vicente Shrine and the Cathedral. Spend time on your own and time with a guide to complete this amazing experience. Then, schedule in a different day, you will meet the most important points of Madrid in a walking tour. You will stop at the iconic Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real) and you will visit one of the oldest squares of the city, the Plaza Mayor. The Plaza Mayor is located in the center of Madrid, a few meters from the square of Puerta del Sol, and close to the High Street. Another interesting point on this tours is the Gran Via, you will visit the most famous street in the city of Madrid and knows the daily life of the people living in this city. Let amaze yourself with the colorful and spectacular source of trade. You will cross one of the most significant works of Spain, it had to demolish over 300 houses and a acted almost 50 streets. Thanks to the Gran Vía better communication between the center of Madrid (Calle Alcalá) and northwest of the city (Square of Spain) was achieved. Here you can visit a variety of restaurants, boutiques and cinemas, which over the years, some have closed and others have become theaters, that’s why this road has earned the nickname of “Broadway Madrid” thanks to its high concentration of people at all times and cos- cosmopolitan architecture, here is an unlimited fun environment.