The origin of the Teresian Route
The Teresian route “From the Cradle to the Tomb” is a pilgrimage route that runs between Ávila and Alba de Tormes (Salamanca) built on the celebration of the “5th Centenary of the Birth of Saint Teresa of Jesus”, in 2015.
Its creators, Father Antonio González and La Moraña Tourism Association (Ávila), developed a project together in the spring of 2014 to highlight the wealth of the 24 towns through which La Santa Andariega (The wandering saint) walked, leaving her mark more than four centuries ago.
By launching the project, they created a religious, tourist, natural and cultural route between the Teresian provinces of Ávila and Salamanca.
In the summer of 2013, Father Antonio travelled through these lands with a group of young people, setting the route for a possible Teresian path.
The first project was approved by the Carmelite Order, and this included the logo, signpost design, credential and ¨La Andariega¨. Then, a first route was planned for the public in 2014, where it was presented to representatives from Ávila’s tourism sector, in order to establish support to launch and promote it.
The route had a great success from the first meeting and a diverse team was formed: The Carmelite Order, entrepreneurs from La Moraña and the Provincial Councils of Avila and Salamanca. Several years later, this effort is reflected on the number of pilgrims and tourists who have walked these lands.
Saint Teresa marked an entire era. Now, this mystical route revitalises an unknown territory through the territories of La Moraña and Salamanca.
After the passage of thousands of pilgrims, worn boots and injured feet, bureaucratic and human adventures, periodic routes, new collaborators, business meetings and a lot of effort and work, we are delighted to bring you this Teresian Route and we sincerely hope that you enjoy it.