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9 Top Things To Do In Ávila, Spain: A Must Do and Must Do

The medieval city of Ávila is renowned for its impressive medieval walls, historic structures, semicircular towers, places of worship and not to miss its scenic landscapes. Its hidden treasures and wealth of exceptional monuments and the ancient looks make it a UNESCO-listed city as well as of the most fascinating places to visit in Spain. So, here are the top 9 things to do in Ávila, Spain.

9 Top Things to Do in Ávila

1. Gredos Mountains
2. Churches, chapels and more
3. Sephardic Garden
4. Los Cuatro Postes
5. Madrid
6. Segovia
7. Hearty cuisine
8. Medieval Fair
9. The Walls

Gredos Mountains: Things To Do In Ávila
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1. Gredos Mountains

Amidst all the medieval sites and places that Ávila’s old-city homes, the Gredos Mountains are a pure visual retreat. A must-visit for all nature lovers. This is striking natural panorama homes various lagoons, canyons, and rocks cliffs within its premises. The most magnificent feature, however, is the Gredos Cirque and Grand Lagoon, with the Almanzor Peak mounting at a height of 2,592. It is also the highest spot in the whole of Central Mountain System, hence should top the list of ‘Things to do in Ávila’.

2. Churches, chapels and more

If your someone searching for some spiritual solace or just a tranquil atmosphere, then Ávila is the perfect pick. This tiny city has an endless list of gothic, romanesque and baroque cathedrals, monasteries, churches and convents. If not for anything, a gentle walk on their granite stone streets can leave you feeling a lot more peaceful.

Curch, Ávila
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Also read: Top 7 Festivals in Spain that reflects it’s vibrant culture

3. Sephardic Garden

The Sephardic Garden also locally called Jardín de Sefarad lied just besides Ávila’s Jewish cemetery owing to ancient inheritance and rules. This vast garden faces the city walls and is also indicated as a memorial. Just in the centre of this garden lies a mound which is filled with the remains of the disturbed tomb. Interesting right?

4. Los Cuatro Postes

This is a popular pilgrimage place in Ávila which has various stories stating different reasons for its origin. The common one describes its origin after a plague that had flown through the city back in the 12th-century. Post which the citizens moved to this place and expressed their gratitude for survival, just in their absence the entire city was plundered by the Arabs. Once after everything came back to normal they held this place as a pilgrimage to make sure the series of events would be remembered in the times to come. Even if not for the pilgrimage, one should pay a visit here for looks of the ring of the walls visible from this monument.

5. Madrid

The capital city is a must-visit when in Spain. It’s truly a place that would fascinate any art fanatic with not one or two, but three of the world’s most excellent museums. From exploring the best of Goya’s works to Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, this city should definitely be a part of your Spain itinerary. In addition, there are a lot many things to do in Madrid including buzzing entertainment divisions, vibrant nightlife, movie houses with an endless collection of unique arts and other treasures.

Also read: HALA Madrid! – Top things to do in Madrid for a brilliant vacation!

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6. Segovia

A great choice for a day trip from Ávila is this beautiful town, just an hour away towards the east. On reaching here, head directly to the city’s UNESCO-listed site which is also one of the most well-known Roman landmarks of Spain. Over 2,000 years old, this place is still used to direct water and spans at a height of 29 metres. Overall, its a great escape away from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Segovia
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7. Hearty cuisine

Food in this section of the country is pure, simple and satisfying. Winters can be intense, particularly in the hills, so one can find a lot of protein on the restaurant’s menu. Adding to the simplicity, the regional speciality like the chuletón de Ávila or char-grilled are served with nothing more than a portion of fries or a dash of mustard. Well, after a fulfilling meal if you’re up for some desserts the years de Santa Teresa is the perfect pick – they’re tiny cakes prepared with egg-yellows sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar.

Salad of tomatoe and goat cheese, Ávila, Spain
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8. Medieval Fair

During the first weekend of September Ávila hosts one of Spain’s largest medieval fairs which started back when the place was formed. This is that the point of the year when the entire city is bustling and a fair in which all women, monks, aristocrats and royalty participate. One can spot multiple stalls selling cheeses, sandalwood, wild herb and other exotic things. Moreover, if you’re travelling with your little ones they are sure to enjoy the horseback shows, puppet plays and magicians.

Also read: Must-Visit Cities in Spain for a Fulling Dream Vacation

9. The Walls

Ávila’s UNESCO-listed walls are rated as the most exquisite city defences in the world. With 11 gates, 97 turrets and 2,500 merlons these walls have a perimeter 2.5 kilometres and are three metres wide. Dating back to the 1100s they are part of the city’s sophisticated defence strategy even today. Moreover, the inside of the walls was created in such a way that they could withstand any attack within the outer limits. The eastern front which is also the most exposed to attacks is the oldest and most supported division, which one can tell from the quality of the stones used. It’s one of the most fascinating structures of Spain and one of the best things to do in Ávila.

The walls: Things to do in Ávila
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The small towns and cities are one of the best ways to experience the country’s true culture and tradition and Ávila is one such city for Spain.
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