Ávila: a town for everyone

Ávila is a Spanish fortified city located in the autonomous community of Castile and León, and is the capital of the Province of Ávila.

It is sometimes called the Town of Stones and Saints, and it claims that it is one of the towns with the highest number of Romanesque and Gothic churches per capita in Spain.

If you are in Madrid on holidays and you still have days ahead, this city is highly recommended to visit, as well as its neighboring city Segovia. For these two cities, it does not take more than a day to visit all its secrets.
It is advisable to leave early in the morning and return late at night.
To go to Ávila from Madrid, there are daily buses on this page. Another quick and also economical alternative is to use Blablacar. For less than € 8 you can go to Ávila in 1h30m.

What to see in Ávila? These are the most recommended places to visit in this little city

1. Visit the Cathedral of Ávila

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/h97VpmyUrEWcDshz5

Austere Romanesque-Gothic cathedral built into the city walls, with a striking stone interior.

2. Walk by Plaza de Santa Teresa de Jesus

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Location: https://goo.gl/maps/De2o2xCjLCdJNDQq9

Located in the heart of Avila, it’s just in front of Puerta del Alcazar

3. Walk over the walls of Avila at Puerta de la Adaja (Adaja’s Gate)

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/BWUaeuj4a6eixJb86

There are several entrances to the walls of Ávila so depending on where you are, you can entry to the walls from several points.

SCHEDULE

From October 27 to March from 10.00 to 18.00 31. Closed Monday,
From march 29 to June 30 from 10.00 to 20.00. monday open
From July 1 to August 31 from 10.00 to 21.00. monday open
From September 1 to October 27 from 10.00 to 20.00. monday open
Last access Gate of Álcazar: 30 m. before closing. The house of Las Carnicerías, the gate of El Carmen and the gate of El Puente 45m before closing

PRICES

General Price: €5.00
Reduced Price: €3.50
Free: Tuesdays from 14:00 to 16:00 except public holidays and eve of public holidays. BIC monument

More info here if you want to buy tickets online

4. Visit the Roman bridge of Ávila

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Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Tet7y12itY6iz5qx8

Beautiful bridge located near the walls at the South of the city next to Adaja’s Gate. This Roman bridge was built in the early-1st century A.D

5. Visit the highest Viewpoint of Ávila (4 postes)

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Location: https://goo.gl/maps/UUo438Lgn62Qd7Jm9

Here you will find the best views of Avila and its walls. Perfect for sunset and end the day

Ávila still have few more places to visit so if you have more time ahead do not hesitate to drop by the following places!

6. Palacio de Polentinos

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/9cZv3mhBV9AFxgMF8

7. Plaza Mercado Chico

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/JubjzNFEzoYBFXgN9

8. Basílica de San Vicente

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/CAhJMUjth8tVfeGG9

Mérida: Back to Roman Empire

Mérida is the capital of Extremadura, western central of Spain and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993.

Mérida is a well-know city by its well preserved Roman monuments which make you feel as if you were back to the past during the Roman Empire.

I have the chance to visit this beautiful city again on May 2018, shooting and walking through its Roman remains and despite it was my third time there, still leaving me stunned

Through its streets you may see the following monuments among others

Roman Theater

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Roman Anphitheater

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Surroundings

My visit here was really short and unfortunately I couldn’t see all the monuments within the city. Temple of Diana, aqueduct of Miracles and the Roman bridge are among the most important monuments in Mérida.

A quick look to Google maps over Mérida shows the vast Roman Empire within the city

In short, Mérida is a perfect city to spend half day with your family or partner to learn a bit about the history of the Roman Empire in Spain

Road trip: Tenerife

During my visit to my old hometown in Tenerife (Spain), I had the chance to do a short road trip through this beautiful island.

What’s Tenerife?

Tenerife is the largest and most populated island of the seven Canary Islands in Spain. This island is known internationally as the “Island of Eternal Spring”. The island, which lies at the same latitude as the Sahara Desert, enjoys a warm tropical climate with an average of 18–24 °C (64–75 °F) in the winter and 24–28 °C (75–82 °F) in the summer. It has a high annual total of days of sunshine, and low precipitation in all but the mountain areas. Click here for more info about Tenerife!

The road trip started at La Laguna and ended up at Masca. From La Laguna, I passed by Las Cañadas del Teide, Parque Nacional del Teide (Teide National Park), Montañas Negras, Masca and Teno

Tip: Teide is a volcano in Tenerife island and the highest point in Spain and the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic with 3.718 meters

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Las Cañadas del Teide to Montañas Negras

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Photos along the way with few stops

Montañas Negras to Mirador de Cherfe “Cherfe’s viewpoint”

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Photos at Mirador de Cherfe (Cherfe’s viewpoint)

 

Mirador de Cherfe to Mirador de Masca “Masca’s viewpoint”

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Photos at Mirador de Masca “Masca’s viewpoint”

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Mirador de Masca to Mirador Altos de Baracán (Teno)

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Photos at Mirador Altos de Baracán

Mirador Altos de Baracán to La Laguna

There are many routes back to the starting point. Since I was pretty close to Teno, I decided to have a look to Teno Alto and take some photos on the way before heading back home. The views along the road are stunning and the field contrasts are unique on this island, from green areas to desert within few meters

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Tenerife island has plenty spots to visit and many alternatives for those Road trip lovers & photography passionate. The weather conditions may vary a lot, so even if on the city is cloudy or raining, perhaps on top of Cañadas del Teide is very sunny.

The fresh air, clean and blue skies makes this island unique, besides for its beauty, flora & fauna.