Well known are the three most important cities of Asturias: Oviedo, Gijón and Avilés. But here we give you some clues in case you are not clear about where to start a quick visit to each of them. Ideas to visit the essential, do not leave the important thing to see and enjoy.
The visit began in Oviedo, the capital of the Principality of Asturias, followed by Gijón, the largest population, and ended in Avilés, the town of Adelantado, industrial city that has suffered in recent decades a regeneration and has become a modern city.
What to visit in Oviedo in a day
The historic center of Oviedo has a nineteenth-century flavor that is difficult to find in other Spanish capitals. The Plaza de la Catedral deserves a visit, presided over by the monumental flamboyant tower of its basilica and a wide open space in which houses of beautiful arcades existed. There was celebrated the famous market of "les madreñes". Without leaving the nerve center par excellence, we see the Palacio de los Valdecárzana Heredia, from the 17th century. A legendary building for the Oviedo society and fictional fiction, since the famous Casino de la Regenta was located there until the year 1931. The University, the Town Hall Square, the Campoamor Theater, the San Francisco Park ... are enclaves to visit in a quiet walk through the area.
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The Cathedral of Oviedo is a building that began to be built at the beginning of the 14th century on the ruins of pre-Romanesque and Romanesque basilicas, and took three centuries to build. His style is florid or flamboyant Gothic, dominant at that time. One of the most important parts is the Holy Chamber, a treasure of Romanesque sculpture where the sacred relics of the Asturian kingdom are kept.
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El Fontán Market
In the heart of old Oviedo today, was a natural lagoon that was on the outskirts of the city. This lagoon supplied by natural springs had a main source or fontán, which supplied the lake with its waters, hence its name.
In the 18th century it was when a porticoed square was decontaminated and the many merchants who approached the city were built. Nowadays, street vending is on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays in the morning.
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What to do in Gijón
Gijón is the most populated city of Asturias-surpasses the 270.000 inhabitants- and the most dynamic.
The statue of Don Pelayo presides over the image of the marina in the Plaza del Marqués. There stands the Palace of Revillagigedo. It dates from the first decades of the 18th century and today it is the headquarters of the International Contemporary Art Center. We are in the neighborhood of Cimadevilla, the old town par excellence, that of the first settlers of the town.
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San Lorenzo beach
The sandy area par excellence of the city, although there are three beaches. Your walk on the wall is full of walkers and athletes all year round, and if it's summer, bathers. We are at the western end of the beach, near the Church of San Pedro. If we walk the whole wall we take a good walk, and if we continue the walk we will make a good number of kilometers along the Cervigón Trail, being able to contemplate in turn a good number of sculptures.
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Roman sites of Gijón
Conquer Asturias for the Romans was not easy, getting to irritate Augusto, who came to the area mobilizing seven extra legions. The definitive submission would come in the year 19 before Christ and Rome would leave in Gijón the trace of its architecture and its way of life: the thermal baths of Campo Valdés, the Roman villa of Veranes or the fertile archeology of Campa Torres.
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Of tourism by Avilés
The city of Avilés, third of population, hides an enormous heritage and a dream historical center.
It is also known as the Villa del Adelantado, in honor of a famous avilesino conquistador named Pedro Menéndez, appealing the Adelantado. It is a town of great commercial and port tradition, with many noblemen who settled here during the Middle and Modern Ages, building large mansions and palaces.
Within the street, Rivero Street and Galiana Street run through the most famous arcades of the Principality
The fishermen's quarter, the old and new churches of Sabugo, are well worth a visit, as well as the Plaza de España, crossing the streets of La Fruta or La Ferrería and then entering Ferrera Park, the green lung of the city.
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The 15 of December of 2010 opened its doors for the first time on the occasion of the 103 birthday of Óscar Niemeyer, the famous Brazilian architect who years ago agreed to give Avilés this project as thanks to the 1989 award of the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts .
It rises on the right bank of the Avilés estuary. It is a place open to the world and culture, a project to regenerate a deeply industrial city in the 20th century that aspires to an aesthetic and postindustrial reconversion in the 21st.
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Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com