is an impressive, fortified medieval town and the birthplace of St. Theresa of
Avila who was born and lived here in the 16th century.
kilometers of medieval walls and nearly ninety stout towers completely encircle
the old part of town. Seen from within or without, they are an impressive fortification
built in Romanesque times. Alfonso VI ordered the construction of the Avila walls
after his conquest of the town in 1090, using Moorish prisoners for the task.
400 years later Ávila got its second claim to fame in the person of St.
Theresa of Ävila. A devout mystic whose autobiography has inspired generations
in their spiritual searches, she nonetheless played a practical and significant
role in reforming convents across Spain.
also has a cathedral and numerous churches, monasteries, and convents.
can be cold here, due in part to the town´s elevation above 1000 meters,
but summers in turn are cool and pleasant.
Ávila, the Sierra de Gredos offers some of the best hiking in Spain.
With much of it now preserved as a natural park, it harbors a wide range of widelife
no longer found in the rest of Euope.
our list of hotels in and near Avila.