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The 7 best sightseeing spots in Avila

Known as 'The Town of Stones and Saints', Avila boasts more churches and cathedrals per square mile than anywhere else in Spain--that's no easy feat! Visit the many attractions of Avila by foot to take in the town's buzzing atmosphere. Here's where to start...

  • Avila Cathedral

    1. Avila Cathedral

    Start your tour of Avila with a visit to its primary tourism location, Avila Cathedral. It's a must-see -- the beautiful interior is breathtaking, and the cathedral is free to enter.

  • San Vicente

    2. San Vicente

    This extraordinary Roman Catholic basilica is one of the best things to see in Avila thanks to the arched wall that wraps around the facade. Located just off the Avenue de Madrid.

  • Convento de Santa Teresa

    3. Convento de Santa Teresa

    Ready for another sacred destination? This convent is the site of pilgrimages to Avila and is the best place to learn about the life of Saint Teresa, who was born at this site.

  • The Walls of Avila

    4. The Walls of Avila

    The ancient walls that surround and protect the city are its most famous historical feature. Walk around the walls for excellent sightseeing and photo opportunities.

  • The Four Posts

    5. The Four Posts

    This was once where visitors and pilgrims to Avila blessed themselves before entering the city sin-free. Now it's mostly used for photo opportunities, and is worth the short walk.

  • Plaza Mayor

    6. Plaza Mayor

    This sunny square is the perfect place to grab a coffee among locals and people-watch. Venture off the square for the best restaurants in the city.

  • Barrio Judio (Jewish Quarter)

    7. Barrio Judio (Jewish Quarter)

    This pretty, character-filled old part of town is perfect for an afternoon out of the sun by meandering through the shady streets. Join a walking tour to learn about the area's history.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Where to eat

    There are plenty of restaurants in Avila, covering everything from cheap eats to Michelin stars. Most are located within a mile radius of the cathedral, in the center of town, and on the main streets east and west of the Plaza Mayor.

  • When to visit

    The weather in Avila is typical of Spain, and enjoys a long hot summer. Try spring or early fall if you prefer cooler weather, but the city never gets unbearably busy, either way.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    With its high elevation, Avila has cooler and shorter summers, and colder and more snowy winters than its neighboring cities in Spain. While summer is typically peak tourist season, it is also when some locals close up shop to take their vacations.

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What people are saying about Ávila

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,078 reviews

A very well organized tour, great time management especially considering how far is Salamanca from Madrid (2:40hrs) our guide Khan was excellent and provided us with a great background on the fascinating history of these two towns. We had around 1 and half hour free time in each city. The tour started early around 7:45, before reaching the first stop Salamanca we stopped at a restaurant in gas station to have some quick breakfast coffee. Then the guide took us for a short walking tour and left us at Cathedral to continue on our own. We then drove to Avila and spent there around 2 hours. We finished around 5 clivk and were back in Madrid around 6:30.

Very good tour. With enough time for lunch and touring. Friendly, entertaining and knowledgeable guide. Very careful driver in handling. Both beautiful places. Very satisfied. The only drawback, which almost put me off the bus, was the meeting point. I was guided by the address (ferraz 3, which does not correspond) and not by the location, since I did not have internet. I was very lucky to see the bus in the distance.

Javier is a great guide. Very professional, funny and nice. He explained many things with passion and answered all questions with patience. I had fun and recommend this tour very much!

Our guide balanced well etween English and Spanish. He was witty and I enjoyed the day.

Loved the locations we visited. The guide was very informative. Long day but worth it.