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.
|Basilica de San Vicente
|The City Wall
|El Real Monasterio de Santo
TravelNow Links: (info from the Rough Guide)
Specific to Avila:
|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
The city wall (like
most monuments in Spain) is built on the
fortifications started by the Romans and Muslims.
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
Around the Plaza de Santa
Teresa are a number of cafes.
Inside the city walls is an active shopping
large view of the Plaza de Santa Teresa click