From the highway to Salamanca we had already a first impression of the city walls of Ávila, which made it clear: we will have to stop here on the way back. After leaving Salamanca we arrived in Ávila in the evening and the weather was bad, but we hoped for better conditions the next morning.
Salamanca, the famous university town at the Rio Tormes 220 km northwest of Madrid was our next destination in Castile-Leon. It is also called the "golden city" because the facades of the historical buildings are made of a gold-colored stone which give a special characteristic to this town.
From Segovia we drove just a short way south, closer to the Sierra de Guadarrama at San Ildefonso. In Austria we have nougat sweets called Ildefonso, so this name sounds mouth watering. But San Ildefonso is known for La Granja - the summer residence of the Spanish Kings.