Ávila – Gotarrendura (22,4 km)
You leave Ávila through Calle Conde don Ramón and Puerta de Puente Adaja. Cross the bridge and continue to the right, on the road, towards Salamanca. Stop at Los Cuatro Postes and contemplate how the morning wakes up on the walls. From Los Cuatro Postes follow the road, leaving the petrol station and the hotel on our left, until you reach the Mirador de las Murallas.
If there is anything new at the exit of the road, the information will be at the Ávila hostel. Call before leaving just in case.
Follow the N-501 road for about 2 kilometers, pass the A-51 motorway, and access to it, and at the roundabout look for the AV-P101 towards Narrillos de San Leonardo, which is 2.5 kilometers. Here you can rest, there are rruralural houses. Follow the road and, after about 2 kilometres, you will still find a piece of Roman road with its bridge, also Roman, over a stream; you have to close the gate when you leave. Cross the road to Cardeñosa, our steps go through the quarry that is in front and to the right. A little further on, looking far to the right is the Depoplado de las Cogotas, which belongs to the Iron Age. To the left, Las Torrecillas, at 1223 metres, is the highest point in the province of Ávila. Further on, a pile of stones is what remains of the Jewish village of Cenalmor.
You enter Cardeñosa through the southern part of the town on the edge of a cruise ship. It also belongs to the Region of Ávila. The parish church is dedicated to the Holy Cross. It also has a Santo Cristo hermitage hidden between rocks, which is said to have been once a convent of Templars. There are some houses with coats of arms and lintelled doorways.
It is best known for its Celtic forts. Los Vettones, a Celtic tribe in the centre of the peninsula, was settled in the place called Las Cogotas, which gives its name to one of the Hispanic cultures of the Bronze Age. It is visitable and there are still important remains of its ruins. The church has one of the most important Mudejar coffered ceilings in the province of Ávila.
- Town Hall: C/ María Vela, 1. Tel: 920 260 001
- Country House La Granja: Calle del Lagar del Criado. Tel: 920 260 021
Take the local road to Arévalo. Follow the path on the right. After 2.5 kilometres, the town of Peñalba appears to you in the distance.
PEÑALBA DE ÁVILA
Sunflowers and cereals surround the hermitages and houses in this small village of 126 inhabitants. It celebrates the feast of San Vicente Mártir.
- Town Hall: Berlanas, s/n. Tel: 920 081 573
The dirt road is almost a track and only cereal stubble is in sight. Later you cross the road from Mingorría to Las Berlanas. At the next fork, turn left.
Located in the region of La Moraña has 189 inhabitants. You enter by crossing the road that brings us closer to the village with adobe houses; there you have to see the Palomar de Santa Teresa. The parents of the Saint lived in this village and say that she was born here, since in Ávila no birth certificate has been found to prove that Teresa saw the light in the city, and all the brothers were born here. Part of the house and the great dovecote from the 15th century are still preserved.
The Provincial Council of Ávila has signalled this stage as the Teresian Route: From the cradle to the sepulchre.
- Town Hall: Plaza de Santa Teresa, 1. Tel: 920 269 038
- Municipal Pilgrims’ Hostel “Entre adobes”: Tel: 689 764 807. Yoli. 4 places
- Bar LOS NENES, closed on Mondays.
- THERE IS NO SHOP