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Walls of Ávila (Muralla de Ávila)
Walls of Ávila (Muralla de Ávila)

Walls of Ávila (Muralla de Ávila)

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Plaza de San Vicente, Avila

The Basics

Avila’s walls stand around 40 feet (12 meters) high and boast more than 80 watchtowers and nine gates. Visitors can walk half their length and climb the towers for panoramic city and countryside views. Most travelers also explore in and outside the walled old town to see medieval masterworks such as Avila’s Gothic Cathedral, Basilica of St. Vincent, and Church-Convent of St. Theresa.

Numerous tours from Madrid visit Avila and include a wall walk and old town tour. Many combine the town with nearby Segovia, Toledo, Salamanca, and the El Escorial Monastery—enabling you to experience several big-hitters in one hassle-free day. For more personalized attention, choose a private tour; or, for more sightseeing time, consider a 2-day experience that covers the three cities and the monastery. Other options include Avila and Segovia combo trips that include a sightseeing tour or flamenco show back in Madrid.

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Avila and Salamanca Tour from Madrid

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Avila and Salamanca Tour from Madrid
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$87.00 per adult
Salamanca and Avila Tour
It was ver good and interesting only instruction where to meet wasn’t clear they should put meet us at bus island with bus sign amigo tours
Bogy, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Castile and León

star-5
Great tour
Frederick_M, Mar 2020
Day Trip to Segovia and Avila and Enjoy a Free Madrid City Tour
Great time and great tour. On time, its easy to locate, in citi center, and tour guide was amazing. Highly recommend.
star-5
Brilliant
Luis_G, Mar 2020
Day Trip to Segovia and Avila and Enjoy a Free Madrid City Tour
They gave us the option of a guided tour, but we could also just go off on our own. They made the timing and the meeting instructions clear. The guide and the driver were both very helpful and professional.
star-5
Viewing 3 towns around Madrid
Diane_P, Mar 2020
Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Day Tour from Madrid
Guide Kathryn was excellent. Appreciated the historical information and the humor. Also provided appropriate oppression for souvenir shopping and or eating on the trips. Loved this excursion. However prepare for a long day. But well worth your time invested.
star-5
Belen was a fantastic guide!
amymgraber, Jan 2020
Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Day Tour from Madrid
I really enjoyed this trip to Avila, Segovia, and el Escorial! Belen was a knowledgeable, engaging, and energetic guide! I learned so much and really enjoyed my experience!
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Day trip
Kendra C, Dec 2019
Full Day Tour to Segovia & Avila with Walking Tours Included
The tour guide was awesome. Unfortunately I can't remember her name. She made the trip exciting, adventurous. Her attitude was outstanding. I really enjoyed the authentic cuisine. Awesome day trip thanks
star-5
Great tour!
Wayne, Mar 2020
Full Day Tour to Segovia & Avila with Walking Tours Included
The tour was great! If you want to see a lot and have a full meal that will be hard to do. We stopped for a snack in both locations. We were able to tour the cathedral, aquaduct, and castle in Segovia as well as walk around quite a bit of the city and browse some stores. In Avila, we entered the larger of the cathedrals and walked around quite a bit. The Cathedral was amazing but we didn't find much else to do in the time we had. The tour guide provides quite a bit of info in Segovia but just a bit in the beginning at Avila. I thought he did well.
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Highly recommended
karenwburdette, Feb 2020
Day Trip to Segovia and Avila and Enjoy a Free Madrid City Tour
We highly recommend this Segovia/Ávila tour, especially with Angie, the guide we had, and Juanito, the driver. The Segovia aqueduct and the Ávila City walls are really spectacular! Angie was very thorough and knowledgeable in her interesting commentary. She was also very clear in giving directions for when we were on our own, and was very diligent in keeping track of everyone on our tour to make sure she didn’t leave anyone. Great tour overall!
star-4
Great tour
nkoshan, Jul 2019
Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Day Tour from Madrid
Great arrangement for the timing. Enjoy trip at each city. Great tour guide! Very knowledgeable. Verry recommended.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Avila’s walls are a must-see for history, military, and architecture enthusiasts.
  • Wear comfortable shoes to negotiate the walls’ steep and uneven steps.
  • The walls are not accessible for wheelchair-users or strollers.
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How to Get There

Lying 55 miles (88 kilometers) northwest of Madrid in the region of Castile and Leon, Avila is within day-trip radius of Spain’s capital. Drivers can make the approximately 75-minute journey from Madrid using the A-6, AP-6, AP-51, and AV-20. Regular Avila-bound trains leave from Madrid’s Chamartin station, as do frequent buses from its Estación Sur-Mendez Alvaro terminal.

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When to Get There

Visitors flock to Avila, especially in summer, so for minimal crowds, visit early in the day, midweek, and outside July-August. The walls look spectacular when floodlit, so you may want to consider an overnight stay. Whenever you visit, wear something warm—Avila is Spain’s highest city and walking the walls can be cold year-round.

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Wildcard

What to See in Avila Avila’s walls are just one of its many treasures. Dubbed the “City of Saints and Stones”—it was the birthplace of St. Teresa in 1515—it boasts the stunning St. Teresa Church-Convent, which contains the saint’s relics and frescoes depicting her performing miracles of levitation. Other sights include the 12th-century Romanesque St. Vincent Basilica, just outside Avila’s walls, and built on the site of the saint’s execution by the Romans in 303.

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