Having Oviedo at your feet is a real sensation that we experience from the top of Mount Naranco. A rounded hill of 636 meters of altitude and more than 30.000 square meters of open and natural space that crowns the Asturian capital and that offers us its best panoramic.
The landscape in this environment unites a number of attractions: Finnish track, paths for hiking, horseback riding clubs, recreational areas, cider houses and Monuments. The two jewels of pre-Romanesque art in Oviedo: Santa María del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo They are on the way to the top, granting this mountain the indelible hallmarks of the Asturian kingdom and its legendary status. The Naranco appears in the universal history of art in capital letters thanks to these two monuments, declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
Few mountains show such wonders.
For the ovetenses the Naranco is like the Casa de Campo for the locals, Collserola for the locals or the mount Igueldo for the donostiarras. A space linked intimately to the life of citizens, that goes to its slopes to enjoy the outdoors, recreate its heritage or perform sports activities such as hiking or cycling.
The unevenness of the Naranco is ideal for rewarding efforts: they serve for walking, training and competition. Throughout the year there are cyclotourist concentrations that aim to "reach the top". The top of the Naranco also receives those professional cyclists who are capable of picking up an entire squad to succeed alone. A short, but very hard, port, which was unveiled for the first time by José Manuel Fuente in La Vuelta Ciclista de 1974.
From the top you can see an extraordinary aerial view of the city of Oviedo and almost the entire municipality, as well as those of Llanera and Las Regueras. If the day is clear we can enjoy an exceptional view and of more scope, arriving to glimpse great part of the central region of Asturias. The superb monument of Sacred heart it seems to invite the delight of that vast landscape that mixes, in an unusual way, the most orderly urbanity with the abrupt mountain nature. The Sierra del Aramo, in front, crowns the closest altitudes of the city.
The figure of Jesus, symbolically embracing and protecting the city of Oviedo, is often a sacred goal for many walkers who, from San Miguel de Lillo, ascending a steep but beautiful path, pass by the Fountain of the Shepherds, where they satisfy the thirst with the cleanest and freshest water in the city.
From the center of Oviedo to the Sacred Heart can be reached on foot in just over an hour and a quarter.Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com
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With the car already in the streets of Oviedo we must look for the indications that mark us the way to Mount Naranco. The route to follow goes through the avenue of Monuments, which goes slowly up the slope of the mountain, between a residential area -Ciudad Naranco- where modern and magnificent constructions abound
As soon as the houses begin to run short, Mount Naranco uncovers all its beauty. Among the trees appears the large building of the Asturian Center and its adjacent facilities, somewhat removed from the road.
To 4 kilometers of the urban helmet we found the first one of the architectural jewels: Santa Maria del Naranco. Just 200 meters above we find San Miguel de Lillo. It is best to leave the car in some rest of the climb and visit the two monuments.
And without further delay to the top, where is the authentic viewpoint of the city. On the nearby Picu del Paisano, we see the imposing statue of the Sacred Heart.