Departure: daily Time: 9:00 h. Prices from: 80 € / adult y 60 € / child (3-12 years)
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An excursion accompanied by oficial tourist guides who explain the history of the town, the monuments, the characteristics and traditions, travelling by luxury, fully air-conditioned coach. Departure from our terminal with destination Avila. Its great romanesque wall of the 11th century surrounds the old town and guards a large part of its monumental treasure; more then a town it looks like a castle. It counts with numerous romanesque churches, gothic palaces and a fortified cathedral of the 12th century. Santa Teresa de Jesus was born here, the great mystic of the Catholic Church. We will make a stop on the hill of “Los Cuatro Postes” to admire one of the most beautiful views of the city. We will visit: the Cathedral (exteriors), the Basilica of San Vicente and Convent of Santa Teresa. Consecutively we wll depart for Segovia. It was an important military center during the Roman period, proof of which the construction of its magnificent Aqueduct. Segovia, chosen by some Castilian Kings for their residence, preserves one of the most remarkable medieval complexes of Spain. Upon arrival, at leisure for lunch. After lunch we will visit the Cathedral (the last gothic cathedral built in Spain, and is considered because of its elegance “The Lady of the Spanish Cathedrals”) and the Alcazar (the most spectacular castle of the country) with its recent Museum of Artillery. Return to Madrid and the end of our service.
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* Pepe Tours reserves the right to change the itinerary and the order of the excursions for organizational reasons
Avila was declared World Heritage in 1985 and preserves an historic legacy which is unique worldwide. Its walls of more then 2,5 kilometers converts it into an easily recognizable castillian and medieval city, the result of coexistence between Jews, Christians and Muslims. The Avila architecture ranges from Gothic to Renaissance, without forgetting islamic marks through Mudejar. Its facades are characterized by a decentered door with a window or balcony above it. This grouping of houses had to do with lineage, but above all with defensive reasons, that is why they are linked to the city wall. The continuous fighting determined that some of these houses were fortified towards the inside, configuring real fortresses. The most characteristic elements of this romanesque wall are its 2,5 kilometers of perimeter, 88 towers and 9 gates, two of which must be visited: the Gate of San Vicente and the Gate of Alcazar.
According to Azorin, “Avila is amongst all spanish towns the most 16th century one”. The town may presume of a rich civil architecture, built between the end of the 15th and the 16th century. For the town it was a period of maximum splendor, and still about 30 houses are preserved that confirm the importance of the nobility. Furthermore, mysticism and spirituality have a leading role, led by the figure of Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada. There are dozens of cathedrals, churches and palacios worth visiting.
The location of the Cathedral of Avila reminds us of its link with the city wall, determining its fortified character. The construction was started in the romanesque period, but finally it was constructed according to the gothic parameters, convirting Avila in one of the first Castilian towns to explore this style.
Segovia was declared World Heritage in 1985 and has wordlwide fame because of its impressive Roman Aqueduct. But in this Leon Castilian town the tourist can also contemplate other historic monuments such as the Gothic Cathedral, the Alcazar, the Tower of San Esteban, the Monastery “del Parral”, the Synagogue of Corpus Christi, just like a great number of small temples in romanesque style.
The Aqueduct. This is one of the most spectactular legacies the Roman Empire left behind in Spain. A total of 166 arches compose this aqueduct with a length of more then 17 kilometers, which transported water from La Acebeda to the Alcazar, challenging gravity as only the balance of forces maintain this structure that dispenses with mortar. Legend has it that it was the devil who constructed the aqueduct in only one night in order to obtain the soul of a young girl who had thus tempted him: “I offer you my soul if you can have water reach my house before a rooster crows”
The Cathedral. The apse of this temple, whose construction started in 1525, frames the Plaza Mayor and marks the limit with the Old Jewish Quarter. Inside the stand glass windows of the 16th century stand out, as well as the Main Alterpiece designed by Sabatini.
The Alcazar. The splendid views of El Pinarillo (with the Jewish cemetery), Zamarramala and the Vera Cruz church are a more then sufficient reason to visit the old fortress, converted in royal residence since the 13th century. A deep moat with drawbridge give entrance to this fortress, from whose turret Alfonso X studied the firmament. On its left, the Casa de la Quimica, built in the period of Illustration and center of investigation of Louis Proust.