The city of Avila is a great place to visit if you’re looking for a good day trip during your stay in Madrid. Located a little over an hour from Madrid, Avila is easily accessible by car, train or bus.
When you arrive, you will first be taken by the perfectly preserved 11th C. walls that encircle the city. As you pass through the archways of the ancient city, you will be transported back in time. A part of the wall has a promenade that you can walk on, and from the top of the wall you can take in the stunning views of this enchanting city.
Be sure to visit the Cathedral, which is built into part of Avila’s walls. It was begun in 1099, but most of what is seen today was built between the 12th and 14th centuries. Avila is also known for being the birthplace of St. Teresa. You can visit the Convento de Santa Teresa, which was founded in the 17th C. and was built on the site of her birthplace.
For information on taking a private tour from Madrid to visit Avila, click here.
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