Ávila, the beautiful medieval city of Castile-Léon, welcomes thousands of tourists each year. From pilgrims wanting to see the birthplace of Saint Teresa of Ávila to admiring the grandeur of the historic walls surrounding the city, Ávila is a holiday getaway like no other. Tauck Tours in Spain can take you on a guided tour to explore the sights and learn more about the town’s rich history.
The Medieval City
The Old Town of Ávila is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The walls surrounding the city were constructed in 1090 to protect this Spanish territory from the Moor invasion. The walls, consisting of nine gates, 88 towers, and 2,500 merlons or turrets were constructed in true medieval fashion.
Parts of the walls can be explored on foot (you can walk along the walls) while the rest is off-limits to walking explorations because of their delicate state. When you book your holiday tour with Tauck Tours in Spain, ask your travel planner about guided walks on the city walls.
Behind the walls, there is also much to explore. When you enter through the Los Leales Gate, you will immediately be drawn to the imposing structure that is the Cathedral of Ávila. Dating as far back as the 12th century, the cathedral looks like a towering fortress from afar.
Palaces, noble houses, and plazas depicting Renaissance architecture complete the medieval experience.
Saint Teresa of Ávila
Plaza de la Santa inside the walls is home to Convento de Santa Teresa. This 17th century convent was erected on the land where the house the saint was born in used to stand. It was constructed after her canonization.
Just outside the city walls is the Monasterio de la Encarnacion. This is where Saint Teresa spent most of her life.
Also outside the walls are several other churches including the Basilica de San Vicente and the Church of San Pedro.
If you wish to learn more about guided tours to Ávila through Tauck Tours in Spain, please call Pavlus Travel at 1.800.528.9300.