There’s no doubt that Murallas de Avila are Spain’s most preserved city walls. The imposing ramparts are so high that you feel so tiny standing in front of them. They’re solid strong and can still defend the city inside, in case of conflict. The walls are built in Romanesque style between 1090-1099 to defend Avila from the Moors.
Today, the walls don’t anymore serve to protect the people from invaders but they’re living reminders of Spain’s rich history.
Murallas de Avila (Walls of Avila) still command might and power.
The walls were built with 88 watchtowers, 8 ginormous gates, and 2500 turrets.
The whole town of Avila is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tourists have to pay if they want to stroll on the walls’ walking path.
However, there are few parts of the walls where they’re not accessible.
Puerta de San Vicente and Puerta del Alcazar are two gates where you should start your wall tour.
From the top, you’ll see the medieval town enclosed with gothic and romanesque-style churches.
You’ll see high-walled palaces and convents, too.
Avila is an epitome of a 16th-century town in Spain.
St. Theresa of Avila, the Patron Saint of headache sufferers and Spanish Catholic Writers was, obviously, born here. She’s also the first woman to have the title as ‘Doctor of the Church.’
Today, devotees to St. Theresa never skip visiting the convent where she used to live.
Avila is surrounded by the picturesque Sierra Gredos Mountains.
This small town can be explored in a half day. It’s an hour an a half drive from Madrid where you can find a lot of day tours to bring you here.