10 essential places to visit in Ávila


This list of places to visit in Ávila It will help you prepare a trip to an incredible walled city that we are sure, will make you go back to the Middle Ages.
In addition to climbing the famous wall that completely surrounds the city, it is worth getting lost because of its old World Heritage Site, visiting churches and palaces, to end up eating a good Ribeye steak, something that can not be missed in any visit to the city. city.
Keep in mind that although visiting one of Avila's points of interest is enough with one day, we recommend you sleep in the city to enjoy relaxing walks at sunset when most tourists have already left.

Based on the experience of our last visit, considered one of the best excursions in Madrid, we have made this selection of what we believe are the 10 essential places to see in Ávila. We start!

1. The Wall

The Romanesque Wall, with a height of 12 meters and 3 meters thick, is the most famous monument to visit in Ávila.
Surrounding the entire city with its more than 2500 meters in length, the wall where 87 towers and 9 access doors are located, has made Ávila the best preserved medieval walled enclosure in Europe.
Built at the end of the 11th century to defend the city, the wall has undergone several restorations and variations over the centuries and it was even planned to tear it down in the 19th century to expand the city.
Among the most outstanding accesses to the medieval city are the Puerta del Alcázar and the Puerta de San Vicente, both impressive for their two large towers linked by a bridge.
In addition to these two accesses, we must also have the apse of the Cathedral, known as Cimorro and which is embedded in the same wall, as another tower.
To know the history of the wall and the city it is advisable to book this guided tour in Spanish that goes through all the important points of the old town.

4. Market Square Chico

The Plaza del Mercado Chico, located in the heart of the historic center, is our favorite place to visit in Ávila.
Considered as the main square and ancient Roman forum, it is surrounded by medieval-style buildings with hospitality businesses on its ground floor and arcades on three sides.
On one side of this rectangular square is the Town Hall and in front the Church of San Juan Bautista.

St. Peter's Church

How to get to Ávila from Madrid

To get to Ávila from Madrid you can take a train at the Príncipe Pío station that will take you to the walled city in an hour and a half for less than 13 euros. You can book tickets in advance here.
Another cheaper alternative is to take a bus from the Jimenez Dorado company at the Méndez Alvaro South Station that will leave you in Ávila in an hour and twenty minutes for 8 euros, which you can also book on this page.
Ávila bus and train stations are a 10-minute walk from the Puerta del Alcázar.

If you prefer to know the history and go more comfortable, you can book any of these guided tours in Spanish from Madrid:

For more information on the transfer you can consult this post on how to get to Ávila from Madrid.

Map of the places to see in Ávila essential

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