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Avila Roman Walls and Old Quarter Walking Tour


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ProductID: 1224

Type: Half Day Tour Private

Country: Spain

Theme: City and Village Walks

Region: Castile and Leon

Group Size: 1 - 6 People

Start City: Avila

Duration: 1/2 Day (Duration: 03h00 approx.)


Avila Private Guide Tour
Ávila is one of the oldest of all the cities in Castilla y León. The Celtic Iberians were the first to leave their mark, which can be seen in the stone boars and the nearby Castro de las Cogotas (hill fort), epicentre of the Vettone culture. The Romans also reached this area and the Arabs filled the area with their culture until the final conquest by the Christians.

Proud of its perfect combination of old and new, the city of the river Adaja invites visitors to take a look inside the city from the tops of the crenellations that have protected the city walls for centuries. However, only some sections of the walls are prepared for visitors wishing to see the excellent views of the city from above.

It is exactly this stone ridge that has made the city internationally famous, attracting tourists from all over the world who have come to follow the trail of Santa Teresa and explore a millenary city at the dawn of the 21st century.

Wall of AvilaThe eastern wall section is the most striking. Beyond it, the bulk of the city found outside the walls lies. According to the chronicles there seems to be doubt as to when construction began. However, documents exist that prove that the Frenchman Florín de Pituenga and the Roman Casandro were responsible for its geometry. The exact date as to when the first stone of this universal feat of engineering was laid, remains unknown. However some chroniclers believe that it dates back to the 11th century, taking 9 years to construct. 1900 people, mostly Muslims in captivity, helped construct this amazing piece of engineering. Consequently, in spite of it being classified as Romanesque, it contains remarkable Moresque features.

The contemporany construction of the Wall of Defence coinciding with that of the Nôtre Dame Cathedral was an important factor in the city´s development. For almost a millennium it was a means of protection for the city and a way of inspecting trade exchanges. The 2.5 km rectangular walls ( the equivalent of a 1-hour walk) contain nine gateways and over 2,000 crenellations keep watch over Ávila´s horizon as in past times. The Puerta del Alcázar and the gateway next to the Basílica de San Vicente are a must for every visitor.

Avila CathedralVisitors curious to see what modern Ávila is like inside should take their time in doing so if they really want to enjoy the streets, plazas, nooks and crannies. Tourists will not be disappointed while wandering around the Paseo del Rastro where a view of the Valle de Amblés may be had from the superbly preserved mirador (viewpoint). Another interesting panoramic view is that which is perceived from the northern façade of the walls or the view from the Cuatro Postes at dusk when the city walls are completely illuminated. Some interesting Romanesque churches can be visited such as the Iglesias de San Pedro, San Andres, San Esteben, San Segundo, San Nicolas, San Martin or Santo Tomé. The Cathedral church is thought to have introduced Spain to Gothic architecture. This, however is not its only feature. Its main altar painting, the cloisters and ambulatory are also worth the visit.

If visitors prefer to leap back to Medieval and Renaissance Ávila, what better way than visiting the Palacio de los Velada (palace), of the Valderrábanos, Núñez Vela, Polentinos and Dávila.

Day by Day Itinerary:
1/2 Day (Duration: 03h00 approx.)

DAY 1:
- Your Private English-Speaking Official Guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel or at a designated meeting point if you are not staying in a city centre hotel.
- AVILA, source of the Spanish mysticism, is the birthplace of Santa Teresa and well known-in the world because of its treasures in art and tradition with its medieval walls and its Cathedral, the first one built up in Gothic style in Spain.
- Today you will visit the city´s important monuments: San Vicente, architectonical medieval jewel. The Medieval walls, with its 88 towers and 9 gates. The Cathedral & museum, designed both as a temple and a fortress. The Church of St. Theresa of Avila, an interesting museum containing relics of the Saint.
- We have reserved a table for your lunch at a recommended restaurant either before or after the tour


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