The Condestable Dávalos Castle

Plaza del Condestable Dávalos S/N Arenas de San Pedro. Avila

Cultural Visit

The Condestable Dávalos Castle has been a historical and artistic monument since 1931. It was built between 1395 and 1422 by Ruy López Dávalos, in granite stone, with a square floor plan, and four towers on each corner. Its most characteristic element is the Homage Tower, with a rectangular floor plan, 26 meters high, with round arch doors and windows and defensive balconies. The Castle has a parade ground surrounded by the wall, which originally housed the servants' quarters, stables, warehouses and kitchens. The Homage Tower was the nobility residence.
The Condestable Dávalos Castle was the residence of important people in the history of Spain, such as Rodrigo Alonso de Pimentel or Doña Juana de Pimentel, who received the castle as part of her dowry for her marriage to Don Alvaro de Luna, and for whom the Castle receives the nickname "Castillo de la Triste Condesa".
Until the 18th century, Condestable Dávalos Castle was the residence of the Dukes of Infantado, until it became the property of Don Luis de Borbón, who abandoned it because he considered it was not a worthy place to make it his residence, which is why he began the construction of a Palace, which became his residence, and which also has a BIC declaration.
During the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries the castle was used for different purposes: prison, cemetery, warehouse, and so on. It is currently owned by the Arenas de San Pedro Town Hall, and since 2006 it has been the most emblematic, touristic and cultural site in the town, after being fully restored.
The Homage Tower has 4 floors where you can find: The Condestable Dávalos Castle Information Office, the Conference Room, the Medieval Room, the Souvenir Shop and the Exhibition Hall.
The Conference Room is also used to celebrate weddings and cultural or musical events. The Exhibition Hall houses the permanent exhibition of the local painter Manuel Aznar. From the Homage Tower you can access the adarve that surrounds the entire parade ground to enjoy spectacular views of the town and the Gredos Mountains.
The parade ground is the perfect place to hold summer concerts, local folklore festival performances, theatre performances, and specialty fairs.

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Schedule

Summer season, from April 1st to September 30 and Easter Week:

  • Tuesday to Sunday at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00h.
  • Saturdays at 17:00h.

Winter season, from October 01 to March 31:

  • Tuesday to Sunday at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00h.

Location

Address:

Plaza del Condestable Dávalos S/N

Arenas de San Pedro. Avila

How to get there:

The Condestable Dávalos Castle is located at the end of the main avenue of the village, Avenida Triste Condesa.

All the entrances to the town have tourist signs indicating how to get to the Castle.

Located in the Plaza del Condestable Dávalos, you have a parking lot in front of the Castle's doors.

The accesses to the town are:

  • CL-501, road that links Talavera de la Reina and Madrid, access is by the exit 123 from the A5.
  • CL-502, road linking Arenas de San Pedro and Ávila.
  • Av. 924 which links with Extremadura, passing through La Vera region.
  • Av. 711 and Av. 713, which link the town with the neighbouring towns of El Hornillo and Guisando, which are the natural access to the mountain paths of Gredos.
     
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