OF AVILA, SPAIN
These magnificent city walls rise from the barren sun-baked Spanish plains like something straight out of a fairytale.
The great fortified walls that surround the medieval city of Ávila date back to the end of the 11th century, built to defend the town’s population against the threat of the Moorish armies. Stretching for 1.5 miles with over 80 towers and 9 gates, these stone walls have been incredibly well-preserved over the centuries, and are considered among the finest medieval walls in all Europe.
Some 900 years later, these magnificent walls look much as they did during the Middle Ages, and they continue to define the city of Ávila.
You can walk on top of about half of the length of the walls, and climb some of the turrets to take in the view of the city. The climbing access points are at the cathedral, the El Puente gate, and El Alcazar gate.
Clancy's comment: Magnificent brickwork, eh? Beautiful part of the world.