Saint Teresa of Avila Route (3 nts)
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA ROUTE (RUTA POR LAS HUELLAS DE TERESA DE JESUS)
Named after Teresa de Avila (also known as Teresa de Jesus) a prominent 16th century Carmelite nun. This route takes you around some of the most important historical cities in Spain.
Suggested access airport: Madrid
3 NIGHT ITINERARY
First Night: Parador de SEGOVIA
Every corner and street of Segovia will surprise you. Its buildings speak of times long past, as remote as its aqueduct, which recalls the power of Rome. The cathedral and Alcázar, or fortress/palace, evoke a magnificent past, while churches such as San Esteban, San Justo, San Martín and San Millán transport us to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque period. Nearby must-sees include the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso (18th-century palace and gardens), and Riofrío Palace.
Second Night: Parador de SALAMANCA
Walk towards the center of the baroque 18th-century Main Square (Plaza Mayor) and open yours eyes. Allow yourself to be seduced by its beauty and harmony. This is the heart of the city. From here you can start your journey through Salamanca and discover its many monuments, including the 15th-century House of Shells (Casa de las Conchas), Old Cathedral (13th-century), New Cathedral (16th to 18th-century) and the university (16th-century).
Third Night: Parador de AVILA
Its walls shelter an incredible wealth of heritage. The Alcázar and San Vicente gates are lovely. Of special note are the fortified San Salvador Cathedral (begun in the 11th century) and its museum, Santa Teresa Convent (17th-century), the palaces of the Nuñez Vela, Almarzara, and Ochoa Aguirre families, and the Archbishop’s Palace, among others. Ávila is a city filled with history, on every street, in every square, in every corner, every moment you explore it.