Avila | Joe Walsh Tours

Avila

Situated on the bank of the Adaja River in a tributary of the Duero, Avila is the highest capital in Spain. It is also one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the country. Sometimes called the Town of Stones and Saints, it claims to have one of the highest numbers of Romanesque and Gothic churches. It boasts an impressive medieval wall built in Romanesque style and some parts are accessible for locals and tourist to walk along. Avila was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1985 and has an ideal location in the centre of Spain, approximately 100 km from Madrid, Valladolid and Salamanca, and 137 km from Toledo.

Convento de San Jose
This Monastery of Discalced nuns was the first convent of the order set up by Saint Teresa. It was built in 1562 and is located just outside the ancient walls of Avila. It now features a museum dedicated to Saint Teresa, the Museo Teresiano.

Convent of the Incarnation
This is an important stop as it is where Saint Teresa of Avila lived for 30 years. It was here that she wrote many of books and experienced her mystical revelations. To this day the monastery is lived in and also features a museum. You can explore the monasteries grounds and rooms, even visiting St. Teresa’s cell.

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Local Information

  • Currency: Euro (€, EUR)
  • Local time: GMT + 1 hour
  • Airports: Madrid (MAD)
  • Flight duration: 2 hours 15 minutes approximately
  • Languages: Spanish; many people speak English
  • Voltage: 230V A/C, sockets outlets and sockets Type C 2 pin and Type F 2 pin are used
  • Visa: not required for EU citizens; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities
  • Passport: EU passport holders travelling to Spain must have an up-to-date passport valid for travel three months beyond the date of return; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities