Ávila: the City of Stones
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Here I am with Melanie. We took a guided bus tour to Avila and Segovia. After calculating all costs, we figured out that this was the best and most comfortable way to travel to these two beautiful towns. By the way, that red car behind us is not ours.
Founded in the 11th century to protect the Spanish territories from the Moors, Ávila is called the ‘City of Saints and Stones’.
Ávila’s old city, surrounded 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. Here is one of the gates: Puerta San Vincente.
And inside the walls… a market. We were lucky because Ávila’s weekly market day is on Fridays.
Here is what you can buy:
And now a special treat from Ávila: yemas. These pasteries, made by local nuns, are more or less soft-boiled egg yolks that have been cooled and sugared (yema means yolk). They are sold all over town.