It was so great to be able to spend the day in Ávila and be given a personal tour of the city from an Abulense (a person from Ávila).
Ávila is a beautiful Spanish city full of history, culture, art and nature. It’s located in Castilla y León. We decided to take the train from Madrid, which took just over an hour. Several trains leave Madrid daily and will cost under €20 so you’ve no excuses not to escape Madrid for a day/weekend to discover this gorgeous city.
You should see….
La Muralla (The walls of Ávila)
Ávila is most famous for it’s incredible walls which are full of history. For just €5 you too can climb these walls and live the history. The views of Ávila from the top are absolutely amazing – it’s a must see! The wall was completed between the 11th and 14th century. I really recommend that you take a walk around on top of the walls… you won’t regret it 😉
Be ready for the narrow steps when climbing up and down…. not for those who are afraid of heights!
La Catedral de Ávila & Iglesia de San Pedro
The Cathedral (modeled by Jeanann below) is a Gothic and Romanesque church located in the heart of the city. It is thought to be the first Gothic church in Spain. It was completed around the 15th century.
Iglesia de San Pedro is located just in front of la Muralla (The great walls). This is also Romanesque and is from the 12th century. It can be found in the core of the city so there will be no problems finding it or visiting it.
Like all Spanish cities you will find typical tasty tapas of all kinds. So this trip was no different to others and of course we stopped for some tapas. We tried a range of food: Spanish omelette, huevos rotos (chips, Spanish ham & fried eggs), calamares (squid in batter), revuelto de morcilla (black pudding & egg). Tapas are always very cheap and in a lot of bars around Spain you will be given some for free when you buy a drink (depending on the area).
We went to two lovely bars that I would recommend. Plaza de Zurraquin and also Taberna el loslado. This taberna was absolutely adorable – you go down some steps into this tiny little bar with low ceilings and lovely decor. Apparently it’s a very popular spot.
Old narrow streets
You can easily spend hours wandering around these cute little streets. The buildings and walls are all so interesting and amazing that it’s very easy to get distracted by their beauty. You will notice the difference as you walk from the old part of the city to the new part with modern influences to be seen in the buildings. To experience this traditional Spanish town I recommend spending some time discovering the old part of the city where all the history and tales lie.
The views from Ávila are amazing. This is something you cannot miss. I particularly loved the views from the top of the walls. You get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful countryside and of the historic buildings. If you can, go discover Ávila during the day and at night – it’s like a completely different city when lit up at night.
Enjoy your trip 😉