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Avila

Address Avenida de Madrid 1; 05001 Avila
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Telephone +34 92 022 5969
Websitehttp://www.avilaturismo.com/
Time to go Best for Friday market.
Cost Around EUR 15 by train, EUR 8 by bus.
How to get there

Around one hour’s journey time or 90 mins by train. By car take the M30 towards A Coruña before taking the A6 (still in the direction of A Coruña) until you see the signs for Ávila. By train with regional express from Chamartín http://www.renfe.es/. La Sepulvedana runs the bus service to Avila from Estación Sur de Autobuses http://www.lasepulvedana.es/.

Spain’s highest provincial capital is often overlooked, even though some claim its superiority over Toledo in terms of picturesque, hilltop beauty. A fortress city, the main attractions of the UNESCO World Heritage town are the amazingly well-preserved city walls and the iconic towers, which stand as one of the most important medieval relics in Europe and can be circumnavigated and clambered on with incredible views of the surrounding countryside.

The main market square, Plaza del Mercado Chico, comes to life on Fridays with bustling stalls and great eateries but the atmosphere in Avila is markedly more spiritual and reverential than its touristic counterparts, due largely to the legacy of Santa Teresa. The Carmelite nun helped defeat the Reformation and among the attractions is the Convento de Santa Teresa which houses her ring finger, complete with ring. Think of that when you gulf down a yema de Santa Teresa or three – the local egg yolk specialty candies named after the patron saint.