Pilgrimage, art and gastronomy in Castilla
Teresa of Ávila (or also called Saint Teresa of Jesus) was an active reformer of the Catholic church in the XVI century and nowadays she names a new touristic route in Spain called ‘The Footprints of Saint Teresa of Jesus’.
This route celebrates the fourth centenary of its beatification by Pope Paul V and her fifth birth centenary. This religious path will tour 17 cities during 2014 in four different regions: Castilla León, Castilla La Mancha, Andalusia and Murcia, which will help travelers to discover the deep footprints of her life along the convents she founded and her close relationship with the Carmelo barefoot.
Main points of this mystic travel are Ávila (where she was born in 1515 and opened in 1562 the first convent) Salamanca (her seventh convent founded in 1570) or Alba de Tormes (where she died in 1582). Another important cities where she lived were Seville, Granada, Segovia or Toledo.
The path is composed in total of 17 cities across all the convents she founded: Avila, Medina del Campo, Malagon (Ciudad Real ), Valladolid, Toledo, Salamanca, Pastrana (Guadalajara), Alba de Tormes (Salamanca), Segovia, Beas de Segura (Jaén ), Sevilla, Caravaca (Murcia ), Villanueva de la Jara (Cuenca ), Palencia, Burgos and Granada .
We must admit that at the same time it is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the heritage, culture and gastronomy of these four different spanish regions, which hide untold attractiveness for any traveler willing to discover authentic villages, slow travel and true local experiences.