You can visit Avila as part of a day trip from Madrid, taking in Segovia at the same time:
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How to Get There from Madrid:
- By Car Take the M30, direction A Coruña, before taking the A6 (direction still A Coruña). Before long you'll see signs for Ávila.
- By Train Take line C8 of the Cercanías local train network. Pick up the train at Atocha, Recoletos, Chamartin or Nuevos Ministerios.
By Bus Avanza runs the bus service to Avila, from the bus station at Mendez Alvaro metro stop.
For more information on traveling to and from Madrid, see Madrid Departure & Arrival
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Once inside the gate, turn left and take a look at the cathedral. Turn left at Plaza de la Catedral. On your left is the main market. On Fridays Plaza del Mercado Chico hosts an outdoor market, a great place to get your lunch.
Walking out the other end of the square, along c/Caballeros to Plaza del Rastro. From there you can leave the city again and see the views south of the city. Walk along the outside of the wall to the next archway, Puerta de Santa Teresa, which allows you back into the city, right in fronr of the Convento de Santa Teresa, dedicated to the city's saint.
Walk round the convent to c/ Jimena Blázquez up to Plaza Concepción Arenal and then head left to Puerta de Carmen. Again, leave through this gate and take a look at the great views of the city wall before coming back in and mounting the wall (price: 3.50€) and walk along the north side of the city before coming back down by the cathedral again. While up on the wall you should see if there is anything else you want to see.