Eating and drinking

Avila has a decent if unexceptional array of bars and restaurants , some of them sited just outside the walls. Within the walls, a stroll from Plaza de la Victoria along c/Vallespin will allow you to compare menus and prices. Local specialities include the Castilian standby cordero asado (roast lamb), judias del barco con chorizo (haricot beans with sausage), mollejas (cow's stomach) and yemas de Santa Teresa (candied egg-yolk) - the last of these sold in confectioners all over town. For nightlife head outside the city walls to c/Capitan Pena where the strip of four discobares next to each other keeps the walking to a minimum.

Bar El Rincon , Plaza Zurraquin 6. To the north of Plaza de la Victoria, this bar serves a generous three-course menu for 9.00.

Los Cancelas , c/Cruz Vieja 6. Next to the cathedral and in the hotel of the same name, this friendly restaurant is popular with locals; the menu is 10.80.

Casa Patas , c/San Millan 4. Pleasant bar, with good tapas, and a little comedor (evenings only), near the church of San Pedro. Closed Wed & Sept.

La Casona , Plaza de Pedro Davila 6. Popular restaurant specializing in lamb, with menus starting at 9.60.

Hosteria de Bracamonte , c/Bracamonte 6. Comfy, rustic atmosphere in this restaurant housed within the walls of a converted Renaissance mansion. Speciality is codero asado for 13.20. Closed Tues.

Meson del Rastro , Plaza del Rastro 1. Excellent bar, attached to the hostal of the same name, with a range of tapas. Behind it is a modest-priced restaurant, an old-fashioned place with solid, traditional food.

El Molino de la Losa , c/Bajada de la Losa 12 tel 920 211 101. Converted fifteenth-century mill out by Los Cuatro Postes, with a deserved reputation and handy if you're with kids (there's a play area in the garden). The menu is 18. Closed Mon & mid-Oct to mid-March.

La Posada de la Fruta , Plaza de Pedro Davila 8. With an attractive, sunny, covered courtyard, this is a nice place for a drink, and also serves some good standard Castilian fare.

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