You can visit all the places from the list or pick only the ones you like. Just inform your driver about your choice before the ride. During the stops you can do whatever you want: visit the landmarks, take pictures, ask your driver about the place e.t.c. Take as much time as you want within the overall time limit of the trip.
Madrid / Starting Point
Your Welcome driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Madrid at a convenient time of your choice.
The Walls of Ávila, completed between the 11th and 14th centuries, are the city of Ávila's principal historic feature.
Ávila Cathedral stands as both church and fortress and its apse, known locally as the cimorro and set in the walls, is the most imposing turret of the east wall.
Santo Tomas Royal Monastery
The building of the Royal Monastery began in 1482 with the construction of the Cloister of the Novitiates.
Madrid / Starting Point
Santo Tomas Royal Monastery
About the ride
Your day will begin with a personal pickup by your English-speaking driver from your hotel or apartment in Madrid.
The driver will suggest the route of the trip with the key attractions that are worth the visit. Since this experience is a personal tour, the driver will stop at any attraction of your choice and spend there as much time as you wish.
To get a better picture of this 6-hour trip, we outline the preliminary route of the 'Half-Day Trip From Madrid to Ávila.'
In less than 1.5 hours you will reach Ávila. The town, situated more than 1 km above the sea level, is the highest provincial capital in Spain.
There are many places to visit in Ávila. The Walls of Ávila will capture your attention right after you step out of the car. These fortifications built in the Middle Ages are one of the most complete in the whole country. Their huge size and precise shapes are something we see only in the movies.
Ávila Cathedral is another architectural masterpiece in the town which attracts travelers from all over the world. This Catholic church impresses by the detailed facades and the gothic shapes. It represents the Gothic and Romanesque architectural styles and is among the oldest ones in Spain.
Santo Tomas Royal Monastery is also worth the visit. It has three magnificent cloisters (Noviciado, Silencio, and Reyes), the latter being the largest of the three. Reyes cloister is also a home for Oriental Art Museum.
You should also see one of the best examples of the Romanesque architecture in the country - Basilica de San Vicente.
You will see the spectacular panoramic views of the town and the surrounding area from the small hill with The Four Posts. This little shire is a gem of Ávila, visited by thousands of travelers and beloved by locals.
Enjoy your travel to a maximum
You will be picked up by a personal driver at a convenient place and time
Enjoy your trip in a nice air-conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi
Pick the stops and the time you spend on each one
Spend less time finding locations and waiting, and more time enjoying your travel
We hand-pick the best, friendliest and most knowledgeable drivers in the city
Our customers rate us excellent on Tripadvisor and other platforms
Included in the price
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Well-maintained car with an English-speaking driver
- Free Wi-Fi on-board
- Fuel and tolls
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Water and snacks
- Official tour guide (you can include one after the booking)
- Entrance fees for monasteries
- Lunch, other beverages and meals
- Tips and gratuities
Frequently asked questionsExpand
What happens after I book?
Once you complete your booking you will receive an email with more details about the tour, your Welcome driver, and any more information you need to know regarding this experience. Feel free to reach out to our customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org for any specific questions regarding the experience.
Can I customize the tour based on my needs?
Of course, that is one of the main benefits of having a Welcome experience. You can customize every last bit of the experience, from points of the visit to time spent per landmark to adding in an extra food stop.
Will there be an official tour guide?
An official tour guide is not included because the overall experience is centered around the driver and the local’s perspective. Although the drivers are very knowledgeable regarding the points of visit, at no point can they be compared with a licensed tour guide who can give more in-depth information regarding historical facts and information. If you would like to include an official tour guide in the experience please let us know via email after the booking is completed.
Do I need to be in a good physical shape?
The drivers are trained to adapt the experience depending on the type of participants. Whether you have kids or elders participating, the drivers know exactly how to handle special requests and provide an enjoyable experience accordingly.
In the summer months, the sun is especially strong (even on cloudy days) so we recommend that you wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself. Also, be sure to drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Comfortable Clothes & Shoes
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes since certain areas may have uneven or rocky ground.
Bring your Camera
Photography is permitted in most historical sites unless otherwise mentioned.
We recommend you always keep local currency on you (euro) as many local merchants do not accept cards as payment.
Accessibility & Special Needs
Should anyone in your group have special needs or have advanced accessibility requirements, please specify upon booking and we will make sure to accommodate your needs and customize your tour accordingly.
Dress Modestly for Religious Monuments
We recommend dressing modestly (covering your knees and shoulders) when visiting the religious monuments.
Terms of serviceExpand
- Please note that the Welcome Drivers are not licensed to be your official tour guide at the local attractions and therefore will not accompany you into the sites. You may, however, hire a professional tour guide at an extra cost
- Your Welcome Driver will provide you with their local knowledge and personal recommendations between stops. Since your safety is Welcome’s top priority, please refrain from distracting the driver during demanding driving conditions
- Your Welcome Driver will drop you off and pick you up as close as possible to your stop whilst always respecting local traffic laws
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