The beautiful walled city of Avila, Spain is located in the region of Castile and Leon. Just an hour and 1/2 drive from the Madrid airport, driving along rolling green fields, pastures and beautiful landscapes. Arrival in Avila, the capital of the Province of Avila, you are met with extraordinary beauty and fascinating history. The wall city dates back to the 11th century. The city was built on a rocky area near the Adaja river, a tributary of the Duero river, a very important waterway for this region.
It is sometimes called the Town of Stones and Saints because of the magnificent walls built in Romanesque style to protect the city. Filled with Gothic churches it is the birthplace of Saint Teresa. The church and convent of St. Teresa is the house where she was born. Today there is the museum of St. Teresa below the church. In 1886, the church and convent were designated a Historical Monument and later designated a National Monument in 1968. Avila is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Points of interest:
Church of San Juan Bautista The Baptism
The Shrine of San Sebastian – Los Cuatro Postes (The Four Posts) The escape To Moorish Lands
Monastery of La Encarnacion
Convent of Nuestra Senora De Gracia
Monastery of San Jose
Royal Monastery of Santo Tomas
Cathedral of Avila
Basilica of San Vicente