Thursday, May 12, 2011

Spain: The Beautiful And Impressive Avila

The province of Avila is one of the smallest that Spain has; located in the central western part of the country, Avila only has around 160,000 inhabitants.










Author: Alan Marker

A tourist attraction
The province of Avila is one of the smallest that Spain has; located in the central western part of the country, Avila only has around 160,000 inhabitants. However, it is one of the very rewarding provinces in Spain, with a lot of sights for tourists and a long list of attractions that make it a very popular and at the same time famous tourist attraction. The city of Avila distinguishes itself and became popular with the help of two things. The first of them is represented by the amazing city walls that date back to the 11th century; two entire kilometers of these walls are perfectly preserved and always ready to impress their visitors. They surround the old part of the town and look like they have just been built.
The second thing that distinguishes Avila is the Santa Teresa mystic writer, which for the connoisseurs is a very important pilgrimage destination thanks to its shrines. The town is a major Spanish attraction for tourists, who are generally impressed by the beautiful landscapes of this country. Avila is situated on a very high plain, having the peaks of the picturesque Sierra de Gredos guarding its back; this makes the town an amazing and breathtaking sight, especially if you get closer to it when the evening comes, the time of the day when you can enjoy the golden tone given by the sun to the walls of the city and to its 88 towers.




Details that impress
It was Alfonso the VIth who ordered the walls right after he conquered the city from the Moors in 1090; the Muslim prisoners worked 9 years at the walls in order to finish their construction. The modern life is now active outside the fortifications, but tourists still love to visit the old, Romanesque churches and to walk along the walls as soon as the night arrives, as the view is absolutely fantastic. If you decide to visit Avila, make sure you don't miss the Santa Teresa Church, one of the most impressive that this part of Spain hosts; also make sure that you make a stop at the beautiful Puerta del Alcazar which you can climb in order to get a beautiful picture over the entire city. Avila is really a wonderful attraction that you are not allowed to miss during one of your special Spanish holidays, so make sure you have enough time to wander along its streets.


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