Do you want to go on holiday to a quiet and charming destination? Then we have the key piece for you to enjoy a few days doing rural tourism: Candeleda.
This town is located in the province of Ávila, a place where you will be able to discover the most medieval character of inland Spain, as well as the magic that is breathed in an urban area where there is a lot of cultural heritage, adorned with the views of the Sierra de Gredos. What else can you ask of a destination like this one?
If you want to know what awaits you in this municipality of the Tiétar Valley, do not miss out on the following lines. Moreover, it is one of the five most populated towns in this province, as well as the second largest of them. This is why the cultural and tourist offer is very wide and varied. Dare to get to know it?
If you want to enjoy Candeleda, a good starting point can be the Castro del Raso, and in this way you can get to know the history of the municipality. In this place you will find an old settlement of Vetton origin in which you can see its walled enclosures, declared a Place of Cultural Interest since 1994.
As we were saying, both its history and its heritage are closely linked to the medieval period, and that is why places like the Puente Viejo bridge, in the outskirts of the town, and the Puente Romano, very close to the natural jewel of the Garganta de Alardos gorge, will give you a little glimpse of this period.
As for the more urban constructions, we highlight the judicial roll and the town hall building, both of which were remodelled according to the traditional Neo-Mudéjar influence that is reflected throughout this province.
There are other important buildings also of religious nature such as the San Blas hermitage, the oldest religious construction in Candeleda, as well as the place where the remains of an ancient monk are still kept.
Nothing like visiting the Ethnographic Museum or the Casa de la Juderia Jewish museum to take you on a walk through the history of the municipality without moving from here. Furthermore, Candeleda is also home to a tin toy Museum, which you will find in the Plaza Mayor.
No matter¡ what time of the year you decide to come, you will find the magic of this town, although in September you will have the opportunity to live a festival which honours the Virgin of Chilla. And, a week after that, you will also be able to enjoy the festivities of the Festival of the Candle.
To wrap up your trip to Candeleda, nothing like trying its delicious gastronomy, dominated by food produced in the area such as paprika, considered here an essential condiment in several of its recipes, with special attention to the Riojan-style potatoes, patatas bravas, as well as for animal slaughter products such as chorizo.
Of course, don't forget to try the goat meat or the goat’s cheese and put, literally, the cherry on top to your menu with the sweet flavours of the cherries or the figs traditionally harvested in the area.