Ávila is a Spanish fortified city located in the autonomous community of Castile and León, and is the capital of the Province of Ávila.
It is sometimes called the Town of Stones and Saints, and it claims that it is one of the towns with the highest number of Romanesque and Gothic churches per capita in Spain.
If you are in Madrid on holidays and you still have days ahead, this city is highly recommended to visit, as well as its neighboring city Segovia. For these two cities, it does not take more than a day to visit all its secrets.
It is advisable to leave early in the morning and return late at night.
To go to Ávila from Madrid, there are daily buses on this page. Another quick and also economical alternative is to use Blablacar. For less than € 8 you can go to Ávila in 1h30m.
What to see in Ávila? These are the most recommended places to visit in this little city
1. Visit the Cathedral of Ávila
Austere Romanesque-Gothic cathedral built into the city walls, with a striking stone interior.
2. Walk by Plaza de Santa Teresa de Jesus
Located in the heart of Avila, it’s just in front of Puerta del Alcazar
3. Walk over the walls of Avila at Puerta de la Adaja (Adaja’s Gate)
There are several entrances to the walls of Ávila so depending on where you are, you can entry to the walls from several points.
From October 27 to March from 10.00 to 18.00 31. Closed Monday,
From march 29 to June 30 from 10.00 to 20.00. monday open
From July 1 to August 31 from 10.00 to 21.00. monday open
From September 1 to October 27 from 10.00 to 20.00. monday open
Last access Gate of Álcazar: 30 m. before closing. The house of Las Carnicerías, the gate of El Carmen and the gate of El Puente 45m before closing
General Price: €5.00
Reduced Price: €3.50
Free: Tuesdays from 14:00 to 16:00 except public holidays and eve of public holidays. BIC monument
More info here if you want to buy tickets online
4. Visit the Roman bridge of Ávila
Beautiful bridge located near the walls at the South of the city next to Adaja’s Gate. This Roman bridge was built in the early-1st century A.D
5. Visit the highest Viewpoint of Ávila (4 postes)
Here you will find the best views of Avila and its walls. Perfect for sunset and end the day
Ávila still have few more places to visit so if you have more time ahead do not hesitate to drop by the following places!
6. Palacio de Polentinos
7. Plaza Mercado Chico
8. Basílica de San Vicente