Things to see and do - Ávila
Unmissable tourist sites
Ávila Travel guide
Ávila : Michelin's recommendations
Standing at an altitude of 1 131m, Ávila is Spain's highest provincial capital. The town has two main claims to fame: as the city of Santa Teresa de Jesús (1515-82), one of the greatest mystics of the Roman Catholic Church, whose memory is honoured at many places around the town; and its magnificent fortified walls, which have remained almost intact since the 11C. A sunset walk along the ramparts will be rewarded with wonderful views of the town.
Tourist attractions Ávila : Things to see and do
Plaza de la Catedral E - 05001 Ávila
The cathedral owes its austere appearance to the part it plays in the town's fortifications. Its east end is none other than an advanced bastion in the ramparts. The severity is softened slightly by the Gothic decoration on the north doorway, and by ..
Plaza S. Vicente 1 E - 05001 Ávila
The large basilica stands on the alleged site of the 4C martyrdom of St Vincent and his sisters. It is Romanesque in style but took from the 12C to the 14C to build, and therefore has ogive vaulting. The west portal with its incredibly lifelike statu..
E - 05001 Ávila
Ávila's high walls punctuated by 90 towers, eight gateways and various posterns, enclose a quadrilateral area of about 900m by 450m. An invaluable testimony to fortifications in the Middle Ages, they date from the 11C and have managed to keep an over..
Marqués de Canales y Chozas, 2 E - 05001 Avila
Located in the historic quarter of the charming town, this 16th-century Palace has been beautifully renovated and stands within pretty gardens – enjoy meals in the fabulous restaurant. Walk up to the entrance through the enchanting maze and admire..
Located beside Ávila’s cathedral, this Medieval-style hotel is set in a 14th-century palace and forms part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. It offers elegant rooms and free Wi-Fi. The Palacio Valderrabanos features authentic interiors, with..
Cepedas, 1 E - 05001 Avila
The lovely El Rastro Hotel has an ideal location within the city’s ancient walls. It is close to the Rastro Arch and the birth house of Santa Teresa with its museum. Also nearby is the Torreón de los Guzmanes de la Diputación de Ávila exhibition hal..
Marqués Canales de Chozas 2 E - 05001 Ávila
carret. de Salamanca 6 E - 05002 Ávila
This restaurant has good service, offering cuisine with innovative touches. Outstanding points include the views of the city walls that may be enjoyed from the dining room, and the extensive wine cellar.
carret. antigua de Cebreros E - 05196 Tornadizos de Ávila
San Segundo 38 E - 05001 Ávila
Francisco Gallego 3 E - 05002 Ávila
Tomás Luis de Victoria 3 E - 05001 Ávila
A bar for waiting is followed by the dining room itself, with floorboards, various paintings by artists from Avila and a large bottle rack. Full wine cellar.