Avila is an enchanting town known for its rich heritage, history, art and gastronomy. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is encircled by the best preserved ancient walls in Spain, making it one of the most beautiful cities in the country. The city is also well known for being the birthplace of St. Theresa, and for the historic role it has played in the development of the Spanish language.
Avila is a perfect place to visit as either a day trip from Madrid, or as an overnight stay. The best way to explore Avila is to take a walking tour with a local guide who will tell you about its medieval walls and why it is considered a “City of Three Cultures” (Jewish, Islamic and Christian).
You will be met by your guide in Avila, either at your hotel or at the train station if visiting Avila as a day trip. On this 3 hour private tour you can explore the main sites in this historic city, including the iconic city walls. Your guide will customize the tour to include the sites that are of most interest to you.
A suggested itinerary could include visits to the following sites:
- San Vicente Church (12th C.) – the high point of Romanesque style
- City walls (12th C.) – a prime example of Romanesque military architecture
- Cathedral (14-15th C.) – considered the first Gothic cathedral in Spain
- Church and Convent of St. Teresa (17th C.) – founded on the site of her birthplace
2018 Prices (for up to 8 participants) and other info:
- US $345 – Monday through Friday (start time from 9:00-10:00am or 2:00-3:00pm)
- US $390 – Saturday, Sunday and Holidays (start time from 9:00-10:00am or 2:00-3:00pm)
- Price includes a tour with an official licensed guide for 3 hours
- Price does not include entrance fees and transportation costs (if any), which are extra
- Common languages available: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and German
- Gratuities are not included and are at the discretion of the client
- Prices are subject to change
Avila is well known for its cuisine, including roasts (lamb and suckling pig), veal chops, large haricot beans from the town of El Barco de Avila, and a sweet cake called Yemas de Santa Teresa (made with egg yolks and sugar), so be sure to ask your guide to recommend some of their favorite restaurants to you.
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