Best Day Trips from Madrid

Best Day Trips from Madrid [PetiteAdventures.org]

Although Madrid is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, sometimes you just want to get away from the city, the concrete, the traffic and all the noise, and explore something new. Thankfully, there are a number of charming towns close to Madrid that make for the perfect day-trip.

Here are my top ten day trips from Madrid: Continue reading “Best Day Trips from Madrid”

#Take12Trips Challenge Update

Petite Adventures' #Take 12 Trips Update

Earlier this year, I shared with you my intentions to take part in the #Take12Trip challenge and given that we’ve pretty much hit the half-way point in 2016 (sidebar: how are we already half-way through the year?!) I figure this was as good a time as any to check in and see where I’m at.

Before we get started, as a reminder, the #Take12Triips Challenge is designed to inspire travellers to make a commitment to getting out once and month and exploring – whether that’s day-trips, month-long adventures, or anything in between.

In my post, I described some of my dream trips for the months ahead. And, as with all the best-laid plans of mice and men, most of the months did not go as expected.

So, let’s take a look… Continue reading “#Take12Trips Challenge Update”

Avila: A Day Trip from Madrid

Avila, Spain Title Card [PetiteAdventures.org]

Last month, just on the heels of our Central EuroTrip, we found ourselves face-to-face with yet another longer weekend (seriously, being a student here sucks). We decided to take advantage of the surprise days off and do a little bit of local exploring. So, early one Friday morning we found ourselves at Atocha station with tickets to Avila in hand.

For the next couple of hours, the Renfe Cercanías train (think long commuter train) took us 1,132 metres above sea level to the Town of Stones and Saints, Avila. The capital of the Avila province, the city of Avila is situated on the flat summit of a rocky hill right on the bank of the Adaja River. As the crow flies, Avila is only 86km north of Madrid, but on that early-April day, the temperatures couldn’t have been more different.

Before we’d even set foot outside of the train you could feel it, a bone chilling wind that was notably absent in Madrid – thank goodness I’d elected at the last minute to pack a toque and gloves. We bundled up and disembarked the train, making the 1km walk passed cafes and shops to the historic centre of town.

Avila is famous for many different reasons. For many, it’s notable because of its ties to Saint Teresa of Jesus, and its claim to being the town with the highest number of Romanesque and Gothic churches per capita in Spain. But, for others (and for us) it’s notable for the 12th-century walls that encircle the city. Continue reading “Avila: A Day Trip from Madrid”