Oct 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors, Another World Heritage Site

On our first trip to Spain my wife and I planned to visit as many World Heritage sites as possible.  As senior visitors, we drove our rental car out of Madrid and headed NW,  soon arriving in Ávila.  What a treat to start out with.  Ávila, is located in the autonomous community of Castile and Leon, capital of the province of the same name.

Ávila de los Caballeros is an honorific title of the city. Another is Ávila del Rey and yet another Ávila de los Leales are all present in the flag of the city. The city is most notable for its 11th century medieval city walls.  Seeing the city from a distance, one would believe that you were back in ancient times. It is also one of the cities with the highest number of churches and catering establishments in relation to the number of its inhabitants. It is considered by many as the city of Song and Saints.

This city is famous for being the birthplace and home of Santa Teresa of Jesus, a devout Catholic nun famous for writing poems dedicated to Jesus in which she expressed her devotion to Him.  The city is also famous for sweetmeats made by local nuns and sold in small shops throughout the city.

Seniors Visit One of the Best Preserved Walled Sites

A trip to Ávila is a treat at any time of year. Few cities and surroundings give you the opportunity to travel back in time in such a special way. The symbol of the city is the wall, one of the best preserved walled sites in Europe. This view of the city walls is very inviting.  Its perimeter is two kilometers and a half, with about 2,500 battlements, 100 towers, 6 doors and 3 secondary entrances.  That’s very impressive as you will find out for yourself. Don’t miss this city.

One of the tourist’s comments reads…”The Walls of Ávila are probably the most impressive city walls that I have seen in my wanderings around Spain. They are wonderful to photograph.” I agree.  This 1,000 year old city is listed as  a UNESCO World Heritage site. Do check out their Paradors and hotels with this nice interactive city map.  Hasta la vista…jeb

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