Arrival and information

From Madrid (ChamartA­n station) there are up to 24 trains a day to A?vila; buses are less frequent (eight on weekdays, three at weekends). The train station is a fifteen-minute walk to the east of the old town, or a local bus into Plaza de la Victoria. On foot, follow the broad Avenida JosAŠ Antonio to its end, by the large church of Santa Ana, and bear left up c/Duque de Alba to reach Plaza Santa Teresa. Buses use a terminal on the Avenida de Madrid, a little closer in: walking from here, cross the small park opposite, then turn right up c/Duque de Alba, or take a local bus to Plaza de la Victoria near the cathedral. Driving , follow signs for the walls ( murallas ) or the parador and you should be able to park just outside the old town.

A?vila's walls make orientation straightforward, with the cathedral and most other sights contained within. Just outside the southeast corner of the walls is the city's main square, Plaza Santa Teresa , and the most imposing of the old gates, the Puerta del AlcA?zar . Within the walls, the old market square, Plaza de la Victoria , fronts the ayuntamiento at the heart of the old city.

The main turismo (Mon-Fri 9am-2pm & 5-7pm, Sat & Sun 10am-2pm & 5-8pm; tel 920 211 387, ) is in the Plaza de la Catedral, and there's another, smaller office next to the BasA­lica de San Vicente (open July-Sept only; same hours).

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