With the peaks of the Sierra de Gredos as a backdrop, the town of El Barco de Ávila It extends next to the Tormes River with unique architectural and landscape beauty. This Avila town is a perfect destination for a rural getaway that combines nature, culture and heritage, marked by historical buildings such as the Valdecorneja castle or the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción.

A visit to this town declared Historical Site It also includes a walk through its streets of medieval essence and the occasional gastronomic stop to taste some delicacies such as those known as boat beans.

Mombeltrán Castle.

Towns of Ávila that hide chilling myths and legends

The Ship of Ávila and the Castle of Valdecorneja

The origins of El Barco de Ávila are associated with the vetons, who built a fort on the hill where the town sits. However, it was the Romans who built the original bridge that crossed the Tormes River and connected this strategic point with the road that headed north of the peninsula. As the centuries passed, the fort became the Valdecorneja Castlewhich enhanced the development of the population around it.

The Ship of Ávila.
Valdecorneja Castle in El Barco de Ávila.

This medieval fortress from the 12th century (rebuilt in the 14th century) welcomes us with the beautiful Gothic arch with large voussoirs of the main door. To the right is located the tower of tribute, which gave access to the battlements and towers. It must be taken into account that the castle was the victim of numerous battles, fires and bombings, so only its walls and towers are preserved. Today, it is the scene of cultural events held in the town.

The essential stops in the town

The visit to El Barco de Ávila can continue by the church of the Assumption of Our Lady (XII century). On the outside, its large tower stands out, while inside the baroque organ, the high choir with Mudejar decorations, the main altar and the framework of its fence, the baroque altarpiece and the chapels with works of art such as the carving will draw our attention. of The Virgin of the Chair or the Crucified.

The Ship of Ávila.
The Ship of Ávila.

Another point of interest in the town is the Hermitage of the Santisimo Cristo del Cañowhich we will reach by crossing the romanesque bridge over the river. This temple was originally built in the 12th century and rebuilt in the 17th century after being left in ruins. Furthermore, if we want to visit a museum exhibition, we will find them in the old prison and the so-called Clock House.

Aerial view of Mombeltrán.

The charming town of Ávila with a medieval castle and mountain hiking trails

We can finish the visit by passing through other interesting stops such as the Casa de los Balcones, on Calle Mayor; the Collection House and its beautiful windows; the Hermitage of San Pedro, which dates back to 1663, and the Hangman’s Gate, the only gate in the wall that remains standing today. And of course, the tourist day would not be complete without trying some local gastronomy products such as beans and beans from Protected Designation of Origin, roasts and meat and game stews, revolconas potatoes, artisanal sheep and goat cheeses, Avilanian beef steaks…

Church of the Assumption of Our Lady in El Barco de Ávila.
Church of the Assumption of Our Lady in El Barco de Ávila.

How to get to El Barco de Ávila

He car ride from the city of Ávila and El Barco de Ávila is 1 hour along the N-110. From Madrid it is 2 hours and 20 minutes on the same road.

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