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Ávila sits quietly and austerely in the hills of central Spain. It is known as the ‘Town of Saints and Stones’ as it was the birthplace of St Teresa de Jesús and is ensconced within medieval walls. These high stone walls – which snake around the old town and feature 82 towers and nine gates – were built in the 11th century to protect against Moorish conquest.

Together, Ávila’s walkable walls, historic cobblestoned centre and extra muros churches form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Landmarks worth visiting include the gothic Cathedral of the Saviour, the Romanesque Basilica of San Vincente, and the Convent of St Teresa.

Between visiting Ávila’s historic sights, you can dine at charming plaza-side restaurants and ramble to scenic viewpoints of the town and surrounding hills.

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