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The 7 best sightseeing spots in Avila

Known as 'The Town of Stones and Saints', Avila boasts more churches and cathedrals per square mile than anywhere else in Spain--that's no easy feat! Visit the many attractions of Avila by foot to take in the town's buzzing atmosphere. Here's where to start...

Avila Cathedral

Avila Cathedral

Start your tour of Avila with a visit to its primary tourism location, Avila Cathedral. It's a must-see -- the beautiful interior is breathtaking, and the cathedral is free to enter.

San Vicente

San Vicente

This extraordinary Roman Catholic basilica is one of the best things to see in Avila thanks to the arched wall that wraps around the facade. Located just off the Avenue de Madrid.

Convento de Santa Teresa

Convento de Santa Teresa

Ready for another sacred destination? This convent is the site of pilgrimages to Avila and is the best place to learn about the life of Saint Teresa, who was born at this site.

The Walls of Avila

The Walls of Avila

The ancient walls that surround and protect the city are its most famous historical feature. Walk around the walls for excellent sightseeing and photo opportunities.

The Four Posts

The Four Posts

This was once where visitors and pilgrims to Avila blessed themselves before entering the city sin-free. Now it's mostly used for photo opportunities, and is worth the short walk.

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

This sunny square is the perfect place to grab a coffee among locals and people-watch. Venture off the square for the best restaurants in the city.

Barrio Judio (Jewish Quarter)

Barrio Judio (Jewish Quarter)

This pretty, character-filled old part of town is perfect for an afternoon out of the sun by meandering through the shady streets. Join a walking tour to learn about the area's history.

Planning Your Ávila Visit

Where to eat

There are plenty of restaurants in Avila, covering everything from cheap eats to Michelin stars. Most are located within a mile radius of the cathedral, in the center of town, and on the main streets east and west of the Plaza Mayor.

When to visit

The weather in Avila is typical of Spain, and enjoys a long hot summer. Try spring or early fall if you prefer cooler weather, but the city never gets unbearably busy, either way.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    With its high elevation, Avila has cooler and shorter summers, and colder and more snowy winters than its neighboring cities in Spain. While summer is typically peak tourist season, it is also when some locals close up shop to take their vacations.

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What people are saying about Ávila

Spectacular Alcazar, aqueduct, walls and scenery.

The coach was 30 minutes departing from Madrid but from then on everything was well organised. Our guide was very well informed and communicated well, both history and organisational details.

Segovia and Avila: Full-Day Tour from Madrid Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/24/2019

Interesting cities - good and knowledgeable guide

We saw the highligts of the two cities - with a very knowledgeable guide, and also with time to walk around on our own in Segovia - a nice mix. A good way to see the key sights when you can't take a full day to each city. They would merit it!

Greatest guide and driver, but organization could be better

The guide was excellent. Driver was very good. But the tour itself felt a bit like “we drive you to the place, so you don’t have to do it yourself”. Would be better to have more guided time in the cities. Plus the tour has been moved, but GetYourGuide automatic email still was sent in the abandoned date to remind about the upcoming tour that was confusing

Madrid: Tour of Avila & Salamanca Reviewed by Anonymous, 02/10/2019

Great trip made greater by Stephi our guide

A long but great day out to Salamanca and Avila. Early start but right at the beginning we knew we were in safe hands with Stephi our guide and Victor the driver. The coach was comfortable, chat relevant and informative and timings just right. Would highly recommend. Thanks

Madrid: Tour of Avila & Salamanca Reviewed by Kerry, 12/30/2018

The tour was great; our guide Minerva did a great job!

Note: the bus doesn't have a sign so for your first pickup look for your guide (they'll be working their cell phone with a list in hand, probably looking for you) :)