Fontecruz Avila Golf Hotel
Travel Blogs from Avila
Today we drove from the Douro valley in Portugal to Avila, Spain. It's only a three hour drive, so we started up late, took a side trip to Lomego, and drove sedately into Avila. The trip to the Santuario de Nossa Senhora dos Remedios in Lomego was the high point of the day. The site closely resembles the Santuario do bom Jesus that we visited …
... the terrain as well. The land is a little drier so there were trees densely populated around rivers and more sparse in open fields. There were also shorter shrubs and vine-like plants as opposed to the huge bushy plants you might find in northern Europe. This terrain, mixed with the Spanish style homes were making me feel like I knew exactly where I was. Even the driving was a little more like southern Arizona ...
... on this journey, but where there in spirit. I thank them all as it touched me how many of them commented on the post and again makes me feel so lucky to have shared such an experience with each and everyone of them. So we rolled into Leon bus station shortly before 7pm. The sky was heavy and grey, rain was imminent! Realising where the bus station was I knew we were not far from the private pension that we had stayed at on the last camino. They had ...
... br> This past Sunday, I took another day trip to Ávila, a city to the north west of Madrid that still today has maintained its 13 century wall! During the middle ages here in Spain, nearly every city had a wall for protection and towers for fortification, but today only a few remain, and those that do are typically only partial sections of the ancient walls. Alcalá for example, Has about 200 meters of its wall still standing. Ávila, ...
... the upper levels. It doesn't look like work will be completed any time soon.
After a decent meal in a different restaurant (which seems to support the theory that the cheaper places are actually better!), I take another walk out to get some night shots of Avila's walls. There's a very screechy brass band playing at one point - I'm glad they're nowhere near my hotel. This place doesn't have the same buzz about it compared to Burgos.
123 miles and a 4 hour walk
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