Yemas de Santa Teresa
Yemas de Santa Teresa are a traditional delicacy from the city of Avila. They are small balls made exclusively with eggs and sugar. A caloric bomb but extremely delicious. You cannot leave Ávila without tasting them.
If for some reason you cannot buy them during your trip to Avila. Don’t worry, you can also find them in the traditional pastry shops in Madrid such as “La Mallorquina” or “El Riojano”.
Saint Teresa de Jesus
If you visit Avila, you must know one of its most illustrious characters, Saint Teresa of Jesus.
Santa Teresa de Jesús, born Ávila in 1515, was one of the great mystics, reformers, and religious women in Spain.
She entered the Carmelite convent of the Incarnation at Ávila in 1535, where she remained for the rest of her life. In her early years there she experienced religious ecstasy and developed a rich interior life, but she also became increasingly aware of the worldliness and laxity of the religious orders, particularly her own. This led her, with the permission of her superiors, to establish the first of a number of monasteries of barefoot Carmelites—the Order of Discalced (or Barefoot) Carmelites—where both men and women observed a strict regime of poverty, chastity, and prayer
In 1565 she wrote “The Book of Life”, considered one of the most remarkable spiritual documents of all time. In this book she describes her childhood, her years in the Carmelite convent, and the mystical experiences that began to occur in her life after she had been a nun for some 20 years. She also tells of the difficulties she encountered in trying to establish the new monasteries and of the opposition she faced from both Church and state.
Santa Teresa de Jesus was canonized in 1622 and declared a doctor of the Church in 1970.
Places in Avila to learn more about the life of St. Teresa of Jesus:
-The birthplace of St. Teresa of Jesus is now a museum where you can learn more about this important figure of the sixteenth century.
-San Juan Bautista Church: Saint Teresa de Jesus was baptized in this place. In fact, the original baptismal font where Santa Teresa de Jesus was baptized is still preserved.
-Convent of the Incarnation. Saint Teresa of Jesus lived in this convent from 1535 to 1574.