A short break in Ávila, Spain is an ideal choice especially for people who live Madrid or plan to visit this area of Spain.
Ávila is well-known for the amazingly intact wall surrounding the city, for being the birthplace and home of Santa Teresa of Jesus (a devout Catholic nun famous for writing poems dedicated to Jesus to in which she expressed her devotion to Him) and for sweetmeats made by local nuns and sold in small shops throughout the city. Especially "yemas" made with egg yolks and sugar.
A trip to Ávila is a treat at any time of year, but we especially enjoy Ávila in the freezing Winter temperatures or in the Autumn. Few cities and surroundings give you the opportunity to travel back in time in such a special way.
Take advantage of the fact that the nuns of the Convent of Santa María de Jesúis (nuns of the Order of Saint Clare) and the Monastery of Santa Anathe make delicious sweets, biscuits,chocolate and cakes. You don't have to go to the convents to buy them - all the local shops selling things typical of Avila stock them. You can also buy some beans (judias) from nearby Barco de Avila, which are said to be the best beans of the whole of Spain. There is a modern shopping center on the outskirts of the city which you pass if you arrive on the motorway from Madrid. If you like religious articles then you will enjoy the numerous little statues and images dedicated to St. Teresa in particular and the Catholic church in general.
Hotels: Our recommendation is the Parador of Ávila(****), strategically set within the city walls.Although it is now possible to find other attractive alternatives, including:
Magnificent countryside and places to visit. The most important and attractive villages are Arenas de San Pedro, Arévalo, El Barco de Ávila, Hoyos del Espino and Piedrahita. We strongly recommend a visit to the nearby villages of Piedrahita and Barco de Ávila, where you can enjoy a meal in the Casino (in El Barco) or in the Gran Duque in Piedrahita.
Sierra de Gredos (the Gredos mountains). This place deserves a special mention. You can access the north face which gives easy access to 'la plataforma' through Hoyos del Espino (Circo de Gredos, La Laguna Grande..). If you can, set aside a whole weekend to visit the area of Gredos, especially if you enjoy walking. Stay in the recently reformed Gredos Parador.
|Travelling to Ávila? The following links may also be useful|
|Guides to nearby provinces||Beautiful places near Ávila|
|Travel guides to Spain|
|Guide to Alicante||Guide to Almeria|
|Guide to Avila||Guide to Barcelona|
|Guide to Caceres||Guide to Castellon|
|Guide to Cuenca||Guide to Girona|
|Guide to Guipuzcoa||Guide to Lerida|
|Guide to Murcia||Guide to Tarragona|
|Guide to Valencia||Guide to Zamora|