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Routes around the city of Avila




  • View of Ávila city wall with the cathedral in the background

Avila's old quarter and the churches outside the city walls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We suggest two routes to explore the city.


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Routes around the city of Avila


Itinerary 1: The City of Knights

Discover buildings related to Ávila as the City of Knights. This nickname comes from the large number of aristocrats that lived here in the past. The Dávila Block. Comprises four 16th century palaces. Notice the warriors carved in relief at the main entrance and the enigmatic phrase under one of the windows: "Where one door closes, another one opens".
  • Los Guzmanes Tower. This houses the Regional Government and an exhibition hall. Next to it stands the statue of San Juan de la Cruz, the famous mystic poet.
  • Superunda Palace. Built at the end of 16th century by the alderman of Ávila.
  • Almarza Palace. This is a 16th-century mansion with coats of arms of the Dávila, Águila and Guzmán families. It is home to the Siervas de María religious community.
  • Santa Teresa Convent. The house of birth of one of Ávila's most famous figures. The room where Saint Teresa was born, now a chapel, is preserved, along with the original vegetable garden. It also has a museum with memories of the saint.
  • Núñez Vela Palace. This palace, next to the convent, is a magnificent Renaissance building with noble coats of arms.
  • Polentinos Palace. Housing the General Military Archive. The main door, in Plateresque style, and the medallions overlooking the courtyard, are outstanding features.
  • Town Hall and San Juan Church. These stands in Mercado Chico square, once the Roman forum, which has been a marketplace since the times of the Catholic Monarchs.
  • Los Velada Palace and Valderrábanos Palace. Both buildings have now been renovated as hotels. The first is notable for its square tower without battlements. The second has a façade with the family shield.

Routes around the city of Avila


Itinerary 2: Los Cuatro Postes (The Four Posts)

A route to discover charming shrines and centuries-old mansions, until you reach Los Cuatro Postes, one of the symbols of Ávila.
  • El Salvador Cathedral. This Gothic cathedral is one of the oldest in Spain. The poet, García Lorca, described it as "formidable in its bloody blackness". It houses the culminating work of Vasco de la Zarza, the sepulchre of El Tostado. It has an interesting museum.
  • Los Verdugo Palace and Los Águila Palace. Both have pretty inner courtyards.
  • Mosén Rubí Chapel. The residence of Dominican nuns for over a century.
  • Piedras Albas Palace. Built in the 16th century, its garden has several archaeological pieces. It is now a Parador hotel.
  • San Martín Shrine. The first stop on the route outside the city walls. Its Mudejar tower is a highlight.
  • La Encarnación Monastery. Located in the traditional Ajates district, it will help you learn more about the life of Santa Teresa. Inside, the saint's cell is a notable feature. It has a museum giving a historical overview of the reform of the Carmelite order.
  • Santa María de la Cabeza Shrine. The original building is from the 12th century, but it has been renovated several times. It houses an image of Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza (Our Lady of Cabeza).
  • Shrine of San Segundo. A Romanesque building dedicated to the saint, with a sculpture of him carved by Juan de Juni.
  • Cuatro Postes. Has one of the best views of the Ávila. A shrine from the Middle Ages. The present structure dates from the 16th century, and the story goes that the young Santa Teresa and her brother, Rodrigo, were caught there when they tried to escape to find martyrdom in Moorish lands.

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Routes around the city of Avila


Practical information

How to complete the route:
Walking

Best time of year:
All year round