Located close to everywhere, Ávila enjoys a truly privileged geographical position, which results in an unique mosaic of natural landscapes, of cultural and artistic expression, of places that resonate with History and Art, of popular architecture and local customs, of folklore and friendly people... too unique to describe in just a few words. The capital of the province of Ávila (47,650 inhabitants), located at 1,128m above sea level on an elevated rock formation on the right bank of the Adaja River, is the highest provincial capital in Spain. Ávila is a mystic place of incredible charm and beauty. It offers Spanish language courses in a warm and friendly environment, providing a unique and truly exceptional experience. The city is mainly characterised by its complete Medieval Roman wall. It is also one of the cities with the highest number of (Romanesque and Gothic) churches in proportion to its population. Ávila is also known by many for its connection with the life of the mystic and poet Santa Teresa de Jesus. The Santa Teresa Convent houses a museum dedicated to this Saint.

Location, map, useful information

Located northwest of the Sierra of Guadarrama, bordering to the north and northeast with the provinces of Valladolid and Segovia, to the northwest with the province of Salamanca, to the south and southeast with the provinces of Toledo and Madrid, and to the southwest with the province of Cáceres, the city of Ávila is located between the mountains and the plains, on a rock outcrop overlooking the northeast end of the Adaja Valley. The province is characterised by an extreme continental climate with typical mountain weather.

History, Art and Heritage

Its excellently preserved medieval city centre; its impressive 2.5 km of walls surrounding the city; its Cathedral and its impressive number of palaces, monasteries and churches, have played a crucial role in the designation of the city of Ávila as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. La Moraña, located north of Ávila, is also a place of great cultural interest and a must visit for those interested in Mudejar architecture: brick-wall constructions erected with Muslim techniques on Christian territory. This area has several historical places to visit, such as Arévalo, Madrigal de las Altas Torres (where Isabella the Catholic was born), Fontiveros (birthplace of San Juan de la Cruz), Palacios Rubios...

Leisure and gastronomy

The traditional gastronomy of Ávila is characterised by the use of high quality local products: "judiones" from El Barco de Ávila (large beans with a distinctive taste) and "chuletones" (large veal chops) from locally bred cattle.

Typical dishes from Ávila:
  • Cabrito a la caldereta (kid stew)
  • Estofado de carne avileña (Ávila meat stew)
  • Lechazo asado (roast baby lamb)
  • Codornices escabechadas (marinated quail)
  • Judías del barco de Ávila (large butter beans from El Barco de Ávila)
  • Liebre con judías blancas (hare with white beans)

Near the city

The most important natural attraction in Ávila is located in the south of the province, on the steep slopes of the Sierra de Gredos Nature Reserve, where you can live the most incredible adventures looking for its famous glacier lakes. The low-mountain landscapes (Valle del Tormes, Valle del Tiétar, Comarca de la Moraña) offer the ideal setting for a weekend of adventure in a rural accommodation facility.

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