Ruta por Ávila
In Ávila, your visit should be slow. At different times of the day, the light will vary and nuance the architecture of the city.
Its route can follow the layout of a thematic route, but it can also be messy, discovering in each street, in each square, a building, a cornice, a window, a story, a legend, a tavern, a restaurant …
We can leave the car parked and visit her on foot. Although at some point of the day it will be worth traveling to “The Four Posts” located in its northwest area, on the outskirts of the city and the“Sonsoles Church” located in the southern area a few kilometers.
In the capital Ávila there are more than 200 interesting places to visit, including churches of all styles, stately homes, palaces, convents, monasteries, bridges, mills, fulling mills, Roman remains, Arab remains, ornamental fountains, etc.
But in addition, Ávila has a complete leisure offer, spas, golf courses, etc. and only 45 kilometers from Cebreros.
They can take guided tours of the city of Avila with a 10% discount for our clients. The visit is normally made à la carte, the client decides which monuments he wishes to see within the contracted time. Visiting some monuments is recommended to be done on your own, such as La Muralla or La Encarnación. It is also advisable to book well in advance.
Half day visit: Up to 25 pax. Lab. € 90.00 / Saturdays and Holidays: € 105.00 (VAT not included) Entrance fees to monuments on behalf of the client.
- For example, a tour of the historic center walking and commenting on the Wall and the façade of the main palaces.
- Basilica of San Vicente, € 1.40 person / group. (+ 15 pax) but € 1.80.
- Visit of the Cathedral, € 3.50 person / group. but € 4.
- Visit to the Wall € 4 per person.
Full day visit: Up to 25 pax. Lab. € 125.00 / Weekdays, Saturdays and Holidays: € 140.00 (VAT not included). Entrance fees to monuments on behalf of the client.
- For example, the route of the half-day route adding the Museum of the Monastery of La Encarmacion: € 1.70 and the Church and cloisters of Santo Tomás, which are on the outskirts of Ávila.
For just € 4, you can get on Murallito, a train that makes the following tour of Ávila:
- 1 – Pza. De San Vicente (Exit)
- 2 – Palace of the Executioner
- 3 – Palace House of D. Miguel del Águila
- 4 – Small Market / Town Hall
- 5 – Church of San Juan
- 6 – Torreón de los Guzmanes
- 7 – House of Superunda and House of the Almarza
- 8 – Church and Convent of the Holy
- 9 – Puerta de la Malaventura (Wall)
- 10 – Calle de los Telares (Jewish Quarter)
- 11 – Arch of the Adaja Bridge (Wall)
- 12 – Cuatro Postes (Views of Avila)
- 13 – Hermitage of San Segundo
- 14 – Walls (North area views)
- 15 – Chapel of Santa María de la Cabeza
- 16 – Church of San Martín
- 17 – Monastery of the Incarnation
- 18 – Raimundo de Borgoña National Parador
- 19 – Basilica of San Vicente
- 20 – Cathedral
- 21 – Palace of Valderrábanos
- 22 – Palace of the Velada
- 23 – St. Peter’s Church
- 24 – Paseo del Rastro (Southern Walls)
The Ávila tourist train has:
- Public address system, in several languages, synchronized with the place where it circulates
Panoramic ceilings, so as not to miss a detail of the monuments
- Access ramp for the disabled
Professional guides for previously arranged groups.
TV documentary about the city and its monuments during night visits
Closed circuit TV, station and telephone for surveillance and security
The tourist tour of the city of Ávila on this train will last half an hour.
Ávila tourist guide:
Los Cuatro Postes is the viewpoint par excellence of the city of Ávila, from which you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the city, with the Wall as the protagonist. Legend has it that Santa Teresa arrived here as a child when she left for the land of the Moors.
La Muralla, a World Heritage Site, is a must-see, which can be done from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 6 pm.
The cathedral, an Asset of Cultural Interest, has an interesting museum, which can be visited during the same hours as the temple. Business days, from 10 am to 6 pm; Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays and holidays, from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Museum of Ávila is one of the strategic points for a cultural tourism route and can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Torreón de los Guzmanes dependencies house the facilities of “La Vetonia: Culture and Nature” . A museum that brings the visitor closer to the world of the forts and boars of Avila and that is accessible from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm; and on Sundays only in the morning.
The Basilica of San Vicente, a Romanesque-style monument and Asset of Cultural Interest of the city of Ávila, is also worth seeing. It is possible to do it daily from 10 am to 1:30 pm and from 4 pm to 6:30 pm.
In Ávila it is interesting to take the Teresian Route, a tour of the city following the steps taken by Santa Teresa de Jesús. The most prominent places are the Monastery of the Incarnation (with a museum that can be visited daily), the Church of the Holy (in whose basement is the Museum of the Holy), the Convent of San José and Las Madres.
The Mysticism Interpretation Center is a unique space located on Calle del Rastro, a risky proposal, whose objective is to show both the complexity of mysticism and, paradoxically, its simplicity. It can be visited any day of the week (except Monday), from 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 7:30 pm.
La Encarnación is a convent founded in the 16th century. In 1935 Santa Teresa entered, where she lived for 27 years and prepared the reform of the Order. It can be visited from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
San José is the first of Santa Teresa’s foundations in 1562 and was the model to follow in his reform of the Carmelite Order. It houses the Teresian Museum of the Discalced Carmelites and can be visited from 10 am to 12.30 pm and from 3 pm to 6 pm.
Sonsoles is the hermitage that houses the image of the Virgin of Sonsoles, patron saint of Ávila and the Amblés valley, to whom great devotion is professed. It is a construction from the late 15th century and inside it keeps some objects related to miracles. The pilgrimages to it are massive.
The hermitage of San Segundo, located to the west of Ávila, outside the walled enclosure, on the right bank of the Adaja river, is a 12th-century Romanesque building in which an image of San Segundo, the work of Juan de Juni, is preserved. It can be visited from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Palacio de los Serrano organizes various exhibitions and can be visited from 12 to 14 and from 19:30 to 21:30.
The Museum of the Saint is the underground salt dedicated to remembering the figure of Saint Teresa of Jesus. Throughout the various dependencies all those objects that the Saint had in her life are displayed. It can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 1 14 and from 16 to 19 hours.
The Church of San Pedro, located in the Plaza del Mercado Grande, forms together with the Puerta del Alcázar and the monument of the Grandeur, one of the most beautiful sights of Ávila. This small Romanesque-style church began to be built in the 12th century. Its north façade stands out, with a well-preserved decoration, and the large Gothic rose window on its main façade. It can be visited every day from 10 am to 12.30 pm and from 6.30 pm to 8 pm.
The Iglesia de la Santa, a temple inaugurated in 1636, was built on the birthplace of Santa Teresa. Both the exterior and interior façade stand out, with a Latin cross floor plan with beautiful sculptures. The temple is open every day, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
If you want a pdf file with information on the monumental Ávila, you can download it by clicking here.
In addition, by opening the following link you can obtain information about itineraries around Ávila.
It is also worth highlighting the Literary Routes through Ávila and the province, some routes that are included in an edition of the University of Salamanca in collaboration with the Fundación Camino de la Lengua Castellana. The pages of the book collect ten routes linked to great writers such as Rubén Darío and Ernest Hemingway and to literature through the city of Ávila and the province. An initiative for the fusion of culture and tourism that was born to highlight the importance of our cultural legacy, the imprint of literature in Ávila.
The routes that appear are:
Route of José Jiménez Lozano;
Ernest Hemingway Route;
Route of the Generation of 98, dedicated to Miguel de Unamuno or Pío Baroja;
Route of the romantic writers, among which Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer stands out;
Literary routes for schoolchildren;
Route of the Generation of 27, with García Lorca, Cernuda and the Pedagogical Missions;
Route of The glory of Don Ramiro, which refers to the work ‘The Glory of Don Ramiro’;
Ruta de los Modernistas, with Rubén Darío, Gabriela Mistral and Juan Ramón Jiménez as protagonists;
Route of the Mystics, around San Juan de la Cruz, Santa Teresa de Jesús and San Pedro de Alcántara;
And the Neoclassical Route, with feathers from the draft of José Somoza or Jovellanos.
As an example, in the case of Rubén Darío, the trip that the writer made with his lover Francisca, a native of Navalsauz (Ávila), in the autumn of 1899 through the province, from Ávila to this town located in the Sierra de Gredos. , which leads to the portrait of the province of Avila in his collection of poems‘Songs of hope’.
For her part, the poet Gabriela Mistral used Santa Teresa de Jesús as a guide for her visit to the province, a route that starts from El Escorial (Madrid), reaches Ávila and goes to Segovia, where the tomb of San Juan is located. from the cross.
Another of the routes, that of Juan Ramón Jiménez, focuses on mysticism and union with San Juan de la Cruz, and also, his wife Zenobia Camprubí, was in charge of decorating the Parador Nacional de Gredos at the end of the 1920s.
In addition to an important cultural legacy, a unique monumental heritage or a delicious gastronomy, Ávila offers a thousand and one cultural activities to make the visitor get closer to the walled city in a more complete way.
The City Council has developed a stable, original and striking program with which the visitor can be surprised. Below are some of the cultural tourist events that take place in Ávila permanently:
Festivities of San Segundo (May 2);
Summer festivals (second half of July);
Festivities of Santa Teresa (October 15).
The summer festivities begin in the city in mid-July. The surroundings of the Plaza de Toros are filled with light and color thanks to stalls and attractions, not forgetting the stalls of the peñas, which enliven days in which there is room for all kinds of events. Cinema, folk music, sports, concerts by the most relevant artists and other shows entertain an audience of all ages in an event that each year gains more followers.
Cantaora Women’s Week (February):It shows the public from Avila the best of flamenco singing and dancing on the national scene.
Gregorian Singing Days (April-May): With tradition already in our city, a pioneer in the organization of days dedicated to this song, in Ávila we have musical groups of great national and foreign prestige every year.
Open Doors Day (last weekend in May): We invite you to visit our Wall and most emblematic monuments. During this day the city turns to show its own and visitors, free of charge, all its heritage, artistic and monumental wealth. Many convents, churches and museums join this initiative with free guided tours.
Theater on the Wall (summer months):Enjoy a night visit to the wall walkway accompanied by the characters that inhabited it. The Wall of Ávila becomes a setting where history and legend accompany the visitor on a trip to the past where they can enjoy magnificent night views. During the summer months, Dramatized Visits take place on the wall, in which professional actors stage moments in the history of the city. The visitor can enjoy the theater and impressive views of the city.
Round of Legends (first weekend of June): Walk through streets and squares reliving the history and legends of Ávila, an original way to get closer to the monumental area of Avila and learn old stories about the past of the city. Actors dressed in period costume are staging the legends in the same places where they originated. Impressive staging, thanks to the play of lights and the spectacular natural settings.
Quick Painting Contest (June): At the beginning of June, the city is populated with artists who, in a few hours, must capture our streets and corners on their canvases. Later, the works are also exhibited in the street that now becomes a gallery of works of art.
Polyphonic Week (June): The International Polyphonic Days ‘Ciudad de Ávila ‘present a series of recitals that are a small sample of current choral music. The high quality of the participants stands out.
Ávila in Tapas (last weekend of June):The miniature kitchen takes over the city. More than 30 bars and restaurants strive to satisfy the most exquisite palates. In the “Ávila en Tapas” Contest, a professional jury and popular vote award the best appetizers that bars, inns and restaurants offer to lovers of this miniature cuisine.
Nights and Battlements (July):An extensive cultural program offers visitors different musical activities in prominent places in the city. Cultural show where music and words come together, developed in outdoor settings, such as the Corralón de Carmen Pedrosa, next to the Episcope, the Bracamonte Palace or the Cloister of the Kings of the Santo Tomás Monastery.
Mud Fair – “Avialfar” (July): Ávila is home to some of the best exponents of artisan creativity, highlighting the variety of potters and potters participating.
National Craft Fair “Arteávila” (August): The Arteávila National Handicraft Fair makes visitors aware of the artisan wealth and disseminates local products, in addition to encouraging the artisans who display their products.
Handicraft Fair of the Peoples of the World (August): The crafts of different towns have a defined space thanks to this fair, in which a multitude of articles made with the most varied techniques and materials are exhibited.
Ávila in Clave de Luna (early August):Musical cycle that brings together music concerts of various styles: classical, funk, country, jazz, fused flamenco, Brazilian, blues, etc. in the squares and streets of the old town. Music of all kinds come together in this cultural event that takes place in different squares of the city.
Ávila in the Light of the Candles (August): Music invades cloisters and arches, under the magical presence of candles. Different monumental venues in the city lit by candles host these musical days specialized in jazz.
Medieval Days (first weekend of September): Travel to the Middle Ages and enjoy a world of goblins, jugglers, warriors, merchants, artisans and good food. September closes this stable program with the Medieval Days, in which the historic center of Ávila is transformed into a great medieval stage, where citizens and visitors enjoy the market (the star of the days), the festivities, the shows and the animation of streets. Nobles and villains, troubadours and musicians, artisans and merchants gather in the square that centuries ago saw the birth of the first market in the city. The market stalls are joined by original puppet shows, parades or period concerts. It is a tourist, cultural and commercial reference in Ávila.
The involvement of citizens, the connection with the historical tradition and its situation in an environment of high heritage value differentiate it from other markets. The artisan stalls are divided into zones according to their theme: Jewish Quarter, Arab Souk, Medieval Town, Christian Market, Archers Military Camp, Falconry Exhibition and Children’s Corner.
Early Music Week (October):Under the title Tomás Luis de Victoria Cycle, a man from Avila recognized as one of the best polyphonists of the 16th century, we can enjoy a festival where concerts of varied ancient music are offered with historical criteria and of excellent quality.
City of Ávila Theater Show (November):The mix of modern and classical theater is one of the main attractions of this international exhibition, which includes theatrical performances of recognized success.