Avila, has kept a unique historical legacy. It was named a World Heritage Site in 1985 and this Castilian city is still surrounded by its Medieval walls, 2.5km in length in total. The Old Town is the fine result of interaction between the Jews, the Muslims and the Christians.
Avila's old city, enclosed by imposing city walls comprising eight monumental gates, 88 watchtowers and more than 2500 turrets, is one of the best-preserved medieval bastions in Spain. In winter, when an icy wind whistles in off the plains, the old city huddles behind the high stone walls as if seeking protection from the harsh Castilian climate. At night, when the walls are illuminated to magical effect, you'll wonder if you've stumbled into a fairy tale. It's a deeply religious city that for centuries has drawn pilgrims to the cult of Santa Teresa de Ávila, with its many churches, convents and high-walled palaces. As such, Ávila is the essence of Castilla and the epitome of old Spain.
Ávila Cathedral: The apse of the Cathedral actually forms part of the walls, which reminds us of its defensive nature. The interior contains Romanesque sections, while the newer ones show a Gothic style. In fact, Ávila was among the first Castilian towns to use Gothic elements.
Then we will drive to Segovia, also a World Heritage City with unique monuments that make the visit well worthwhile. However, in Segovia you will find much, much more than that. It has a marvellous old Jewish quarter, stately homes, amazing views and a green,ideal for a pleasant walk at any time of the day
Its Roman aqueduct is its main landmark and it was probably built c. A.D. 50, an still remains very well preserved nowadays. This fascinating construction forms part of the setting of the magnificent historic city of Segovia. It is one of the most spectacular legacies of the Roman Empire in Spain.Legend says that Segovia's Aqueduct is the result of a pact between a girl and the devil in which she offered him her soul in exchange for water to reach her house before the crack of dawn.
Its cathedral also stands out, whose construction of which began in 1525 and marks the boundaries between the Plaza Mayor and the Judería Vieja (Old Jewish Quarter). Inside, the 16th century stained glass windows and the Altarpiece designed by Sabatini are particularly noteworthy.