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Avila in half day?

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Avila in half day?

We'll be going to Avila from Madrid by train and I need to know how long will take us to see all the most important sites so we can choose the right train schedule.Thanks.

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1. Re: Avila in half day?

The old city (inside the walls) is really compact. You can get a sense of the place, see the cathedral, walk the main street, etc., in 2-3 hours. The tourist office on the way into town has helpful info on the sites.

Some people like to go up on the wall and walk at least part of the way around. 30 min to an hour.

It's great to walk outside the wall on the side of town opposite the train station and up the hill to have a look down at the walled city and take pictures. That could add 45 min to an hour.

There are some nice restaurants for lunch, but the pace is leisurely, so figure at least an hour.

In total then, depending on what you choose to do, 4 to 6 hours seems about right. If the weather's really nice you might want to linger longer. Avila is at high elevation, so it tends to be cooler than Madrid.

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2. Re: Avila in half day?

Thanks for your response,we'll be going in mid april how cold you think will be?

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3. Re: Avila in half day?

Looks like the Madrid avg high is in the low 60s. Central Spain can see big temperature swings from day to night, so you could be in the 40s as you arrive, then 60 or 70 by 4pm. Or you could have an unusually warm or cold day.

To address your other question about attractions, the main deal is the city itself...one of the best examples of an intact walled city. The whole place is like a big outdoor museum, with nicely preserved medieval streets. There's a cathedral, a basilica, a monastery, and a convent. They're nice, but none are really really "musts." There's interesting history about St. Teresa, so if you're into that I suppose you could spend a lot of time learning about it and seeing related sights.

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