by Ariela Martin, Greenheart Travel Language School Student in Salamanca, Spain
On Saturday, Estudio Sampere went on an excursion to Avila, Spain, a small city an hour away from Salamanca. We spent most of the day there, visiting the many sights and learning its rich history. Patricia, one of Estudio Sampere’s teachers, grew up in Avila, and took on the role as our official tour guide for the day.
We began the excursion at 8:45, where we boarded the bus in Salamanca and left for Avila. Upon arrival, the group split up for a few minutes to relax and grab a snack. I, along with a few other students, went to a local café and ordered, café con leche (coffee with milk), while taking in the beautiful scenery of Avila.
Next, we set out to explore Avila, along its many streets. Because Avila was mainly constructed during the time of Roman ruling, it’s streets are easy to navigate, with two of it’s main streets intersecting in the middle at the town square.
Avila is the capital of Castile- Leon, a region in the interior of Spain consisting of nine different cities. Avila is best known for its prominent medieval city walls, built in Romanesque style. The construction of the walls began in 1090. For roughly half of the circumference of the walls, people can walk along the top of them.
See the pictures below of Avila, and the view from the top!