Avila and Salamanca Day Trip from Madrid

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Duration: 11 hours
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Sign up for this 11-hour excursion to discover Spain' s two best-preserved medieval cities: Avila and Salamanca. You'll travel in a comfortable bus from Madrid to Avila and Salamanca. Both the walls of Avila and the city of Salamanca have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

You will be accompanied by an expert guide, thanks to whom you will learn about the history, culture and architecture of both cities. You will visit some of the most emblematic places of the two capitals, such as the Cathedral of Avila, the Basilica of San Vicente and the University of Salamanca . Throughout the tour, you'll also have free time to enjoy lunch, go shopping and sightseeing on your own.

An ideal activity for culture and history lovers.

  • Get on a bus and travel from Madrid to Avila and Salamanca, two of Spain's most historic cities.
  • Learn, accompanied by an expert guide, about the history and architecture of these two medieval cities.
  • See the most emblematic sights of both cities, such asthe Cathedral of Ávila and the University of Salamanca.

What’s included

  • Professional guide
  • Entrance to the Cathedral of Salamanca (not included in the private option)
  • Guided walking tour of Salamanca
  • Guided walking tour of Avila
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transport from the meeting point to Ávila and Salamanca
  • Transport back to Madrid
  • Lunch

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Step by Step

In this activity you will have the opportunity, for about 11 hours, to get on a comfortable bus and visit Avila and Salamanca from Madrid. Both cities are known for their vast and well-preserved cultural heritage, including the best-preserved walled enclosure in Europe and one of the oldest universities in Spain.

With an expert guide, you'll learn about the history of these two medieval cities and discover many interesting facts and anecdotes. In Salamanca, you will visit its famous university, the second oldest in Spain, behind only the University of Palencia.

The University of Salamanca was founded in 1218 by King Alfonso IX and was the first European institution to obtain the title of University. Its classrooms have had distinguished students such as the poet Luis de Góngora, the writer Miguel de Unamuno and Adolfo Suárez, the first president of Spanish democracy.

You will see the city's Plaza Mayor, with the clock tower in the background and meeting places for Salamancans in front of it. This public square, built in the 18th century, is one of Salamanca's most famous exponents of the traditional Spanish Baroque style. Today, it is an important place of meeting and public life in the city.

You will visit the New Cathedral which, together with the Old Cathedral, forms the two cathedrals of the city of Salamanca. Built between the 16th and 18th centuries, the New Cathedral has late Gothic and Baroque styles. In 1887, it was declared a national monument by royal decree.

Other attractions awaiting you in Salamanca include the Casa de las Conchas, the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Plaza del Corrillo, all known for their cultural and historical importance. Of all these places, the most famous is the Roman Bridge, which serves as the setting for the popular picaresque novel Lazarillo de Tormes .

Once you have seen Salamanca, you will have the opportunity to visit Ávila, known for its famous city walls. Of medieval origin, these walls have more than80 semicircular crenellated towers, as well as 9 gates that allowed access to and from the city.

Located on the outskirts of the city is the Mirador de los Cuatro Postes, one of the best places to enjoy panoramic views of the city walls and the historic centre of the city. Crossing the city walls, you will see the Plaza del Mercado Chico, which, located in the centre of the city, is Ávila's main square.

Throughout the tour, you will have free time to explore the city on your own and visit the Cathedral of Avila. This is a building over 700 years old, in late Romanesque and Gothic style, which was declared a site of cultural interest in 1914.

You will also see the famous Basilica of San Vicente, which, nearly a thousand years old, is considered one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Spain.

Once the activity is over,you will return to Madrid by bus, to the original starting point, as it is a round trip.

Reviews

4.9
· 12810 Reviews
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    Marisa
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    High quality of the guide's explanations.
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    Clara
    5
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    An excursion that should not be missing in anyone's itinerary. It is an incredible visit that gives you a lot of knowledge about these two cities.
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    Emerson
    5
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    A very educational and interesting excursion.
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    Derby
    5
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    Very pleasant company of the guide throughout this excursion, he was of great help to us and was more than willing to answer our questions. Highly recommended for everyone.
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