Last March, I spent a weekend in beautiful Castilla y León, and kicked off the weekend in Ávila, a tiny town with a big wall.
Why’s the wall so important? It dates back all the way to medieval times, and it’s about 2,500 meters (about 8,200 feet). The wall has 88 large towers and surrounds the entire old city. It’s in astonishing condition today, considering they started working on it around 1090!
Apart from being historically important, I thought the walls were very pretty, especially when their sandy color stood out against the ominously darkening sky. Just as we passed through the walls for our last glimpse of the city, the skies opened up and it started to rain. We got back in the bus right when it started to really pour.
P.S. I believe they are technically fortress walls, not castle walls, but castle sounds much more exciting!
(On an entirely unrelated note, I’m off out early tonight because it’s a Clásico match: Barcelona versus Madrid! Estimated post-party arrival time this morning: 6 a.m. ¡Visca Barça!)