Ávila de los Caballeros
From the frontier to the heart of Castille
Ávila de los Caballeros, located in the south of the Autonomous Community of Castilla and León is a pristinely preserved medieval town; one of the most impressive in Europe. Ávila is a museum town full of architectural wonders that doesn’t fail to impress those from more industrialised areas. In 1985, the town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO and it’s easy to see why. Its narrow streets are full of palaces, churches and monasteries; history’s ghosts forming spectral crowds that demand attention from the expectant visitor.
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The monumental centre of Ávila is much as it was some five hundred years ago, long before the efficient network of communication made it easy to get to from just about any part of Spain. And the added bonus of this city is that it is the gateway to the Sierras de Gredos, the mountain chain that rises in the southern part of the province and provides a backdrop of the some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery that can be seen anywhere in Spain.