AVILA AND SEGOVIA
Departure from your hotel to drive you on private Van to fascinating Segovia which was built over a calcareous rock located between the rivers Eresmas and Clamores and seems to remain unaltered by the passage of time.
We will be met by the grandiose Roman Aqueduct, nearly 15 miles long, which makes itself visible in the final stretch of 918 yards long. It is equipped with 167 arcs, 120 pillars, 30 yards high, 20.400 pieces of granite and a top channel through water flowed at a speed of 8 gallons per second.
The Roman Aqueduct construction is placed from 112 years AC and appears to remain oblivious to the passage of time and presents itself intact to the astonished eyes of travelers.
The city of Segovia takes exceptional good care of its countless treasures. We will enjoy strolling through the Barrio de los Caballeros, the Jewish district and the Canonjias, until we arrive to the beautifully reconstructed Alcazar, which is regarded as a marvel of medieval architecture.
Highlight of Segovia’s private tour will be lunch in best restaurant in town, where you can taste, if you wish, the famous and tender suckling pig of Segovia, baked at 392º Fahrenheit in a wood-fired oven.
Avila will greet us with its old century Wall, a National Monument since 1984 and an identity sign of the city. The Wall of Ávila covers an area of roughly 75 acres and serves as protection to the historic old town providing a belt more than 2,500 meters long. The average height of the walls goes up to 12 meters.
It is 3 meters thick. The 88 towers, 2,500 battlements and 9 gates amaze travellers. Aside from its walls, Avila is famous for being the birth place of Santa Teresa of Jesus, founder of the Order of Barefoot Carmelite Nuns, in which there were no social privileges of any kind, as was usual in other nuns orders.
At the same time, she was a woman well ahead of her time and could be considered a pacific but persistent fighter for women's rights. In our private tour we will visit all spots where she lived in Ávila to get deeper into the life of that admirable person.