In the midst of brown soiled Spanish wastelands, merged into the sturdy rocky cliff lies the city of Avila. Looking from afar, the city looks like it belongs in a medieval knight tale with its massive stone walls melting into the grey mountains behind and shielding the view of the inner city. It's a place that looks mysteriously attractive, like it's hiding secrets and waiting for you to unravel them. The poetic look of Avila even made the famous director Orson Welles proclaim it as the place he would most desire to live in. The fortifications of the city were built for centuries and are to this day the most complete in all of Spain. Taking a walk on the stone walls embracing the city will give you a spectacular view for taking photos and seeing the town from above.
You'll also visit the Cathedral of Avila which, interestingly, doesn't differentiate much from the rest of the city as it was built as half church and half fortress. The Cathedral is a true masterpiece of Romanesque and Gothic architecture surrounded by multiple palaces like the Palace of the Evening and the Palace of the Infant King.
Another amazing sight you can visit is Basilica de San Vicente, where the last remains of martyrs Vicente, Sabina and Cristeta are being kept. According to the legend, the basilica was built on the place where they were martyred and buried under the reign of Roman Emperor Diocletian. The historical and religious importance of the city also lies in the fact that it was the birthplace of Santa Teresa of Avila. Today Avila holds a convent and a museum dedicated to this saint where you can learn all about her life and works.
The city of Avila is a great one day tour choice especially since it's not the only thing you'll visit – the trip also includes the city of Segovia, famous for ancient Roman Aqueduct and the Alcázar of Segovia.
Avila represents the true soul of medieval beauty, rising high and proud for centuries. Take yourself on the exciting adventure of uncovering the beauty and mystery of this amazing city that you'll never forget.