Spain's first Gothic cathedral
The Cathedral of Ávila is the first Gothic cathedral built in Spain and quite a sight to behold. It's "gothic" both in atmosphere and architecture: the stones are old and dark and the domes are imposing, but the beauty of the Avila cathedral is found in the details. If you take a closer look, you'll find amazing sepulchers, evocative statues, and a variety of ornate chapels tucked into hidden corners...there's even a painting by the legendary painter El Greco.
It only costs two euros to enter and is simply wonderful. The medieval atmosphere and somber echo through the large vaulted hall are the essence of this incredible ancient walled city.