Make a holiday cottage in Valle de Ambles - Sierra de Avila your home away from home
Valle de Ambles - Sierra de Avila holiday cottages are superb if you want a getaway that combines mountain adventure with medieval heritage. Close to the spectacular and historic city of Avila, holiday homes in Valle de Ambles - Sierra de Avila provide a wealth of choices for sightseeing and excursions. The arresting mountain scenery here could serve as a scenic backdrop for gentle walks, or be a playground for rugged sports like climbing to mountain biking. Holiday cottages in Valle de Ambles - Sierra de Avila are set up as a cosy base to return to, full of traditional charm, but also furnished with modern facilities like DVD players, pools and generous gardens.
Things to do
-Heritage. This region is replete with medieval heritage, with a host of historically significant towns and villages to visit. Head for Arevalo, home to a romantic castle and protected in part by its original walls. There’s also some older history here, in the form of the Bulls of Guisando at El Tiemblo, which are a set of lifelike Celtic sculptures depicting what people believe to be bulls, dating to the 2nd Century BC.
-Outdoor recreation. The awe-inspiring mountain scenery provides the ideal terrain for activities like mountain biking, climbing, hiking and horseback riding, with equestrian centres and adventure sports experts on hand for trips and equipment hire. The water courses here are also superb for canoeing, angling and fishing. For road cycling you’ll be able to hire a pair of wheels in Avila.
-Avila. This city is a must thanks to its stunning medieval heritage. It was founded in the 1000s as a Spanish stronghold against the Moors and is famed for its massive defences, which are composed of more than 80 semi-circular granite towers and nine impressive gates that date to between the 11th and 14th Centuries. The Cathedral is a beautiful Gothic structure and as part of the walls also served a defensive purpose in the Middle Ages.
-Cuisine. In a region known for its bitter winters, traditional dishes here are filling and hearty, including a wide range of stews, casseroles and roasts. The beef is excellent and chuleton de Avila (grilled steak) is normally served with fried potatoes and salad. Castilian soup is a dish with origins in humble communities, and is made up of leftover bread, eggs, sausage, pork, garlic and olive oil.
-Madrid. Spain’s capital is a reasonable drive away and is blessed with superb museums, shopping, dining and sights. The Museo del Prado is a must, and boasts a fabulous collection of art from a number of eras and parts of Europe. Among the many artists represented here are Velazques, Van Dyck, Caravaggio, Titian, Rubens and Brueghel. One of many famous landmarks is the Palacio Real, seat of the Spanish royal family, lavishly decorated with collections of weaponry, silverware and porcelain.
Weather in Valle de Ambles - Sierra de Avila
Visiting Valle de Ambles - Sierra de Avila holiday homes in summer you’ll encounter hot weather. The climate here is continental Mediterranean, producing temperatures that approach or exceed thirty degrees in July and August. Annual rainfall is also low here, occurring mostly in autumn and spring. Conditions in these seasons are mild, with highs of 16 degrees in May and October. Winters are normally cold here, with temperatures struggling to get above five degrees during January days, and normally dropping below zero at night.
Travel to Valle de Ambles - Sierra de Avila
The nearest international airport to Valle de Ambles - Sierra de Avila holiday accommodation is Madrid-Barajas (MAD). This is Spain’s largest and busiest airport, with a wealth of connections to destinations across Europe and Spain. You can get here from the UK with a variety of carriers flying from cities across the country. Once you land the drive to the Valle de Ambles takes about an hour and a half on AP-6. There are also frequent train and bus services to Avila from Madrid.