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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

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

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

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 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

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

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)

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 Avila 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

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  • 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 Avila

Enjoyable tour, convivial guide, good places to visit.

Enjoyed the places we visited and the guide's commentary. Recommend without reservations.
Full-Day Avila and Segovia Tour from Madrid Reviewed by Joseph, 09/30/2016

The bus was very comfortable, the guide was knowledgeable, and we felt as though we had seen the high points of Avila and Segovia by the time the tour ended. Would recommend to other US tourists traveling in this área of Spain.
Full-Day Avila and Segovia Tour from Madrid Reviewed by Ben, 09/30/2016

Fabulous,knowledgable guide, perfect timing and great sights. Thank u

Everything about this tour was fantastic From the comfortable bus, the vivacious, knowledgable guide who moved between Spanish and English flawlessly to the timely movement between sights...it was a great day for us. Money well spent. Thank you so much
Full-Day Avila and Segovia Tour from Madrid Reviewed by Patricia, 05/07/2016

Excellent tour that had a good balance of things to see at a good pace

I really enjoyed this tour and thought it was a great way to spend a day. The things we saw and the information provided by the guide were excellent and I recommend it. The only unexpected thing was that the guide spoke in both English and Spanish when I had booked the English tour. So expect something like this, it was not a problem since I thought there was enough information even with the time split in two, but it would be better if they advertised that it is like this. I still give it 5 stars.
Full-Day Avila and Segovia Tour from Madrid Reviewed by Colin, 07/01/2015

Beautifull tour, Ramon was a fantastic driver.

Avila and Segovia are fantastic cities. Everything went as planned. The only surprised we had was the snow in Segovia. Nice suggestions by our driver Ramon.
Avila and Segovia Full-Day Small Group Tour from Madrid Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 03/24/2015

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