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Avila is noted for its tall city wall which encircles the entire old city. We were unable to do justice to Avila, only spending an evening in the city. Avila is pleasant, but the people we encountered in Segovia were friendlier.
Avila's main sights:
The Cathedral
Basilica de San Vicente
The City Wall
El Real Monasterio de Santo Toma

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As you travel from the south to Avila, the first thing you notice is the drop in temperature. Avila is 1130 meters above sea level. In November the city was a chilly place, where a real winter coat would have been preferable to my sweater and jacket. I've been told that in the summer Avila can offer some relief from the intense heat of the south of Spain or even Madrid.

The city wall (like most monuments in Spain) is built on the fortifications started by the Romans and Muslims.

The shape of the current wall is due, primarily, to construction done in the 11th and 12th centuries. Today the wall is considered one of the best preserved in the world. If you want to take a walk on the top of the wall, you must pay a small fee.


Around the Plaza de Santa Teresa are a number of cafes.

Inside the city walls is an active shopping district.

For a large view of the Plaza de Santa Teresa click here.


Rioja Wine Tour
My wife and I visit Laguardia

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