Walls of Avila, Spain, a #MustVisit

It is hard to stick to itinerary always! The initial plan was to drive straight to Segovia from Salamanca, Spain, but we made this spontaneous halt at Avila. All 3 places are listed in UNESCO World Heritage sites. Salamanca to Segovia is 171kms which would take less than 2 hours to travel. While planning I had noticed Avila just half way between the places, yet didn’t include it in the itinerary so that I could spend more time in Salamanca and Segovia.

If you have driven through AP-61 you will agree with me that Walls of Avila are visible from a distance. We could spot the tiny outline from far. The old Town and walls of Avila seemed to beckon us… of course it is a figment of my imagination! We were hungry after the walking tour of Salamanca, or that was just an excuse, we veered to Avila.

Avila walls

Walls of Avila, Spain

Avila deserves a day and here I was touring it only for a couple of hours! The first hunt was for parking. It is limited and these are divided into zones in Avila. There’s parking outside and inside the walls. The maximum stay in the metered spots is 2 hours and that suited us fine. Next, the hunt was for a good eating spot. We sat in one of the restaurants facing the walls of Avila. The unexpected halt at the place and getting the chance to see a world heritage site made me happy beyond words. I don’t remember what I ate, but I remember I ate very fast. We had to explore the old streets too.

Walls of Avila

There are two sets of walls to climb. It’s about 2 kilometers and could have been done in a 40-minute brisk walk or a leisurely 2-hour stroll. I did only a part of it. We started from the Alcazar Gate. The main thoroughfare from outside the city is through this gate. Inside the fortified Spanish town looked warm and charming. We walked around for some time. While exiting we drove through the narrow streets. The walls of Avila are huge and everywhere we drove around this small city, we felt bounded and protected by these walls. The grand structure reminded me of Kumbalgarh Fort of Rajasthan.

Centuries back, in the 11th century to be precise, these walls were made to hold foreign invasions. It still remains intact. This impressive defense construction has a perimeter of 2516 m, 87 turrets and 9 gates. The walls have an average height of 12 meters. Portions here and there have been repaired and restored. These walls are the main reason why Avila got included in UNESCO World heritage list in 1985. Views of the landscape and villages surrounding the historic town from the wall are mesmerizing.

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39 Responses

  1. himanshu says:

    Its amazing these walls are so old and still in such a good shape. Thanks for sharing such a distinct heritage.

  2. pragati says:

    I love reading about these exotic drives you take. And also like that you provide so much information about the place..That makes it informative as well as entertaining.

  3. magiceye says:

    The last pic is epic!!

  4. Yes, the architecture looks like the forts of Rajasthan. Beautiful Pics!

  5. Looks similar to Red Fort (almost) !!!

  6. They are so vintage yet in great condition… beautiful pics πŸ™‚

  7. Mridula says:

    The fun is to diverge from the itinerary! πŸ˜€

  8. Arun says:

    Quite impressive, esp the last pic!

  9. All vintage structures but they have their own sheen

  10. yogi Saraswat says:

    Real traveler is one who never follow preplanned itinerary. Kumbhalgarh fort is one which I seen solo first time. It always gives me a feeling . Nice post with suitable pictures Indrani ji .

  11. A beautiful Post.. Great Photographs of Walls of Avila!

  12. Signature post of yours: Beautiful pics with brief intro of the place. πŸ™‚

  13. Wao these fort looks vintage.

    Dec’15: I visited Dubai and spotted all the tourist places. When I reached I got to know about Al-ain. Little strange but wherever I go I try to find a zoo to visit.

    I cancelled a famous tourist attraction (Atlantis) to visit and rearrange the schedule for Al-ain zoo. It’s must visit.

  14. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder says:

    Adding a bit of history always makes your posts more attractive and enjoyable. The wall is majestic…:-)

  15. Jyothi D'mello says:

    Magnificent wall and the landscape surrounding it makes it so picturesque.

  16. dNambiar says:

    Wow so impressive – the size of it and the the fact that they stayed intact this long.
    The last pic is awesome!

  17. LaVoice says:

    Glad you made the turn as I would never have seen this interesting place.

  18. Wow. This reminds me of Kumbalgarh. The walk sounds fun. It also sounds like there would a great cafe around?

  19. Sri Kri says:

    Had the impression that Rajasthan Fort is in Avila.Hahaha.

    Lovely shots and nice write up.

    Cheers,
    Sriram & Krithiga

  20. ladyfi says:

    What a fabulous place!

  21. Those walls are amazing! I wanted to visit during my last visit to Madrid but we decided for Toledo and Segovia since there are high speed trains to those places. On my next visit, I have to stop by Avila!

  22. They are so magnificent. Thank god you made a detour and visited Avila. Some thing new is added to my “daily update myself” practice. Thanks Indrani πŸ™‚

  23. Those are very impressive under that clear blue sky.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

  24. budget jan says:

    They are impressive looking walls and I doubt that I could have driven by without stopping for a closer look.

  25. eileen says:

    Hello, awesome shots of Avila. The walls are amazing. Great captures, so glad you stopped for a visit. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  26. Shrikant says:

    Mighty walls… and very well maintained. Prominent watch towers defines how well these walls must have defended area within.

  27. Priyanka says:

    One word- Majestic!

  28. Quite lovely.
    I’d love you to share at image-in-ing.blogspot.com

  29. Isn’t that the joy of roadtripping that you can stop at your leisure on a spot that interests you at the moment. I’m sure the imposing fortress cannot be ignored.

    Worth a Thousand Words

  30. Those walls are amazing. What a great historical place to visit. I enjoyed your photos of it very much.

  31. Neha says:

    Amazing and beautiful clicks… walls are superb..xoxo, Neha

  32. Sophie says:

    I love visiting World Heritage sites and have tons remaining in Spain. Climbing the walls in Avila sounds awesome.

  33. It looks like a castle, and I want to know what’s on the other side!

  34. i think its a great adventure and i enjoy reading it …

  35. Great pics! An exciting detour.

  36. Really nice place it seems!!

  37. vatsala mallya says:

    How gigantic these walls of avila are ? 12 metrs in height !! Magnificent ! Watch towers are very impressive.
    The last pic.is epic !!

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