the gate Puerta del Alcazar, from the Plaza del Saint Terasa, where we parked
Avila has the oldest and most completely preserved medieval city wall in Spain! And it was really impressive see. Usually people make a day trip from Madrid
to see Avila
, or to Segovia
. We decided to spend the night in Segovia, but see Avila on the way from Toledo
to Segovia, bypassing Madrid today. We first saw the old city from a distance, and then we drove past it and stopped out of town on the way to Salamanca
, at a clearly marked spot called four posts. You can't miss it. We stopped and looked at the city of Avila first. I really like old city walls, and this one is very beautiful! It was built around 1100 on even more ancient ruins. The Cathedral, from the 16th century has its apse part of the wall! We then drove into the city, it was about 2pm, and walked around in the city, and then also along the outside of the wall on the north and east side. We spent about 2 hours in Avila, then we had to keep going to Segovia, and we arrived in less than 2 hours. We did not go into the Cathedral (the first Gothic Cathedral in Spain), nor did we go up the wall itself. But Avila is a place we would come back to when we get a chance to visit Madrid again! We did sample on of the "yemas" a special egg pastry made by local nuns.