A day trip to Avila from Madrid is the perfect way to switch things up in your Spain itinerary and see something different. Though this stunning walled city is located in the Spanish region of Castile and León, and thus outside the region of Madrid, an Avila day trip from Madrid is very easy to. Many tourist buses offer a combined (and therefore slightly rushed) organized day trip from Madrid to both Avila and Segovia. But if you are the type who prefers to do it yourself and explore Avila at your own speed, keep reading for an easy, breezy one day Avila itinerary from Madrid.
How to Get to Avila from Madrid
To get to Avila from Madrid, you will take a bus. This isn’t a public city bus, but rather a bus line by Jiménez Dorado running specifically between Avila and Madrid Estacion Sur. Tickets cost €8.13 there and €6.50 back, plus €2 for the online booking fee. Make sure to deselect the two preselected “Elección de plazas (1,00€ por persona)” boxes to save €2. The journey from the station in Madrid to Avila is about eighty minutes each way. You can view timetables and buy the bus tickets online from the official site. I highly recommend purchasing online, because I could not even see a Jiménez Dorado desk at the station.
On the day of the day trip, head to the Medez Alvaro station. You can reach it from the Madrid city center by taking either the metro line 6 (gray line) or the Cercanías Renfe line C5 (yellow line). After you leave the metro or Cercanías portion of the station, do not exit the entire station itself. You will see a very obvious overhead sign above the walkway to the Madrid Estacion Sur bus terminal. From this bus terminal is where your bus to Avila will depart.
This bus terminal is almost like an airport! There are booths for all the bus companies and a large departures and arrivals screen. On the departure (salidas) screen, locate your bus to Avila’s gate once it’s posted and head to the gate. Display your mobile or printed ticket, and you’ll be on your way!
Things to Do in Avila
Before you know it, your bus from Madrid will be dropping you off in the beautiful city of Avila. There is honestly so much to see with one day in Avila! Are you ready?
Muralla de Ávila (Avila Walls)
The absolute best thing to do in Ávila, in my humble opinion, is walk the city walls. I have honestly never seen such picture-perfect medieval walls in my life. The walls circle almost the entirety of Ávila’s old town, and you can walk a good portion of them. There are two portions of the wall to walk. I recommend purchasing your €5 ticket at the Puerta del Alcázar entrance to the walls. This is the shorter of the two portions, and it only has one way in and out.
After completing this portion, walk a couple minutes from Puerta del Alcázar to the Casa de las Carnicerías. From inside here, you can show your same ticket to enter the second and longer portion of the walls. This stretch will take you all along the northern border of the walled city and let you exit the walls at the far west end of the walled city.
Catedral de Cristo Salvador de Ávila (Avila Cathedral of the Savior)
Believed by many to be the oldest Gothic cathedral in Spain, a visit to the Avila Cathedral is a must on your Avila day trip from Madrid. Entry costs €7. You can view opening hours for the cathedral and tower, as well as purchase tickets in advance, from the official site.
Plaza del Mercado Chico (Small Market Square)
Stop by Avila’s main square, known as both the Plaza del Mercado Chico and the Plaza Mayor de Ávila. Here, you can admire the beautiful facade of the city hall, pop in and out of sweet shops lining the portico-lined perimeter, and admire the stone arches while nibbling on some tapes.
Mirador de los Cuatro Postes (Viewpoint of the Four Poles)
It may look a bit far on the map, but especially if you walk the city walls all the way through, this viewpoint is not too far away and deserves your time. It offers the typical postcard view of Avila and allows you to appreciate the full length of the city walls. It would be especially perfect to time your visit here with sunset, after which the walls are illuminated! If you have a car, there is a parking lot nearby.
Yemas de Ávila
Also called Yemas de Santa Teresa, these sweet, little egg-yoke balls are easy to find all over Avila. They are a very famous snack, so it’d be a shame not to try them in their birthplace! They are sold in boxes of at least six, and the most common cost I observed was around €0.50 each (don’t overpay like I did!).
Any Questions on this Avila One Day Itinerary?
Have you visited Avila, or Madrid? Do you have any questions on how to make this Avila day trip from Madrid? Let me know in the comments below! I’ll do my best to answer your questions.