The full name of this town is Madrigal de ‘las Altas Torres’ in reference to the tall towers that top its magnificent wall, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and one of the few examples of a Mudejar style medieval defense wall.

Its origins are uncertain, and may date back to a Moorish settlement or the days of the Reconquista (the Christian ‘reconquest’ of the Iberian Peninsula from the Moors). Not to be missed is a tour of the Palace of Juan II, once the residence of kings, later transformed into the Monastery of Nuestra Señora de Gracia, and in 1451 the birthplace of the Queen of Queens, Isabella of Castile. Indeed, visitors can still admire the room where this historic event took place. A site of great historic importance, it was here that the great lyric poet and friar, Luis de León, the Infanta Catherine and Queen Mary died.

The town boasts the tallest tower in the province of Ávila, part of the Church of San Nicolás de Bari. A fascinating mix of culture, history and beauty in the province of Ávila.