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Avila

Avila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transportation

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

Cultural (and not so cultural) events

Interesting information and useful tips

 

Description of Avila

Avila is a Spanish city and municipality, located in the province of Avila, in the autonomous community of Castilla y León. It is the capital of the province of the same name and the region of Avila, which includes the Amblés Valley and the Sierra de Ávila, as well as the seat of the judicial party number 3 of the province and of the homonymous diocese. Adaja river flows through the city. It is the highest provincial capital of Spain, at 1131 m above sea level, by virtue of which in the urban area are relatively frequent snowfalls during winter. The city has a continental Mediterranean climate with hilly nuances. In 2012, its municipal area concentrated 34% of the total population of the province.

It is believed that the city was found by the ancient Romans with the subsequent assimilation of the indigenous population of the area - because there are no clear indications of a pre-Roman settlement in the historic center. Later the city would pass to the Visigoth power. Avila fell, like most of the peninsular territory, under Muslim rule at the beginning of the eighth century, and would not be definitively reconquered by Christian troops until the eleventh century. It experienced a notable boom during the sixteenth century, to be subsequently plunged into a prolonged crisis and decline until the nineteenth century, in which the construction of the railway managed to give a boost to economic development.

The hallmark of Avila is its medieval wall, Romanesque style, also highlighting other representative buildings such as the Cathedral of El Salvador, or the Basilica of San Vicente. It has traditionally been considered a "city of songs and saints" and its medieval historic center, in excellent condition, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1985.

 

Climate
The climate of Ávila is continental Mediterranean, of an intense cold during 8 months due to its location and altitude on the level of the sea, with a fresh summer that does not surpass the 20ºC of average, and has a maximum of 32ºC, the precipitations are established around 450-500 mm per year with summer drought, the periods of greatest precipitation are distributed between October-December and March-June, summer storms are not uncommon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Destinations in Avila

San Vicente (Avila)

 

Convento de Santa Teresa (Avila)

 

 

 


 

Transportation

Arrive
By plane
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport at 125 Kms.
Valladolid Airport 130 Kms.
Salamanca-Matacán Airport at 90 Kms.

By train
Through the station of Ávila of Renfe , the city is connected to various capitals and provinces, being especially good connection to Madrid. Most of the trains that travel from north to south of Spain pass through the city, and from the city there is a railway line connecting Madrid and Salamanca.
It is expected that with the start-up of the Madrid-Segovia-Valladolid high-speed line, the frequency and centrality of the Ávila station will decrease in favor of the aforementioned line.

In bus
On March 18, 2014, the new bus station of Ávila (Av. De Madrid, 2) was inaugurated , located a short distance from the railway station.

By car
The main access roads to the city are:
N-403 From Toledo to Valladolid
N-110 From Plasencia to Segovia
AP-51 A Villacastín and Madrid
N-501 To Salamanca
N-502 To Talavera de la Reina
CL-501 To El Escorial and Madrid
AV-804 To Villanueva de Gómez y Arévalo

 

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

Splurge
Parador de Ávila, Calle Marques de Canales y Chozas 2 (From Av de Madrid follow C Ronda Vieja then Plaza Concepcion Arenal), ☎ +34 920 21 13 40. 4-star parador in 16th C palace within the city walls. Free guest parking.

 

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

Typical meals
Roast lamb
Asado de Cabrito
Yolks Santa Teresa
Beans from El Barco
Cochinillo de La Moraña
Wines of Rueda and Cebreros

Restaurants
Meson El Rastro
The Cancels
The Extremeño
Olimpo Restaurant

 

Drink
At night Vallespin St. is the best choice for young travellers. During the day you can take tapas with beer (caña) in the square "el grande" behind the cathedral.

 

Cultural (and not so cultural) events

Culture
Festivity of Santa Teresa de Ávila , October 15.
Although they are not proper parties, the first weekend of September is celebrated in Avila, the medieval days, which have. It is a weekend in which Ávila returns to the Middle Ages and its streets are filled with people and multicolored stalls, mixing dances and smells with freshly cooked grilled food.

 

Interesting information and useful tips

 

 

 

 

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