Only 70 minutes by car from Madrid: Ávila can be reached via the A-6 highway and the toll road AP-6 or the N-603 (San Rafael-Segovia). It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1985 for its medieval walls, which stretch for 2.5 km.

Avila’s walls are adorned with 88 towers and 9 gates, with the Puerta de San Vicente and the Puerta de Alcázar being the most impressive. Among its activities, the “Teatro en las Murallas” (Theater in the Walls), “Visitas Guiadas de Leyenda” (Guided Legendary Tours), and “Fiestas Medievales” (Medieval Festivals) stand out.

Other points of interest include Los Cuatro Postes, the Basilica of San Vicente, the Basilica of San Pedro, the Church of Santo Tomé El Viejo, the Church of San Andrés, the Church of San Martín, and the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza. The Convent and Museum of Santa Teresa is in the birthplace of Santa Teresa de Ávila and features a unique crypt.

“The Market of the Three Cultures” takes place during the first weekend of September in Ávila. The fair includes parades, tournaments, shows, food, music, and fun, accompanied by locals. It is one of Spain’s most spectacular medieval fairs due to its original and varied recreation of period activities against the authentic backdrop of the 12th-century walls.

Ávila was contested between the Christian kingdoms of León and Castile and the Muslim kingdoms of the south between the 8th and 10th centuries. When it came under the Crown of Castile, the city enjoyed a period of prosperity and had representation in the Cortes (parliament). Two prominent Spanish intellectuals and theologians, Santa Teresa de Ávila, and San Juan de la Cruz, were born in Ávila. Today, Ávila is the capital of one of the nine provinces that make up the Autonomous Community of Castile and León.

Restaurants in Ávila serve home-cooked meals, such as “patatas revolconas” (mashed potatoes with paprika and pork) and meat dishes. The star dishes are roast suckling pig (“cochinillo”) and T-bone steak (“chuletón”), as well as fish caught in the Tormes and Alberche rivers. Wine is produced in Cebreros and El Tiemblo. Traditional sweets include “yemas” (egg yolk pastries), “huesillos” (almond pastries), “torrijas” (French toast), “amarguillos” (almond cookies), “natillas” (custard), “empionados” (marzipan-like sweets), and “jesuitas” (puff pastry cookies). La Tahona de Sotillo and El Rincón del Jabugo are a few restaurants famous for their Ávila T-bone steak. “Degustavila” is a tasting menu for two people featuring typical dishes made with traditional local ingredients.

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