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The Avila Walls are among the longest, best-preserved, and most beautiful city walls in the world. They completely surround the old town. They were built in the 11th and 12th centuries to defend against the Moors.
The Avila Walls are 2.5 kilometer (1.5 mile) long - and average 12 meters (40 feet) high and 3 meters (10 feet) thick.
Towers and gates
The walls are punctuated with 88 towers and nine gates. The Alcazar and San Vincente are the most photogenic gates.
You can walk along the top of the Avila Walls for a view of the town and countryside.
The Avila Walls are best viewed outside the walls (see photo). For an admirable vantage, visit the Cruz de los Cuatro Postes site a short drive across the river.
Although the walls are the town's biggest draw, other worthy attractions exist. They include the Cathedral, the San Vicente Basilica, and the Convent of Saint Theresa (named for the famous home-grown mystic).
Close to Madrid
In summer, Avila's climate is cooler than Madrid's, luring the latter's citizens. Avila's proximity to Madrid makes it a pleasant day or weekend trip out of hot Madrid. However, Avila, being higher in altitude, is undesirably colder in the winter.
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