Villaviciosa is a fertile municipality in orchards and fruit trees that is located in the eastern half of the coast of Asturias. It is one of the cider capitals in the region. In its capital is celebrated, the odd years, the Festival de la Manzana, one of the best-known celebrations of the Principality. Is […]
Villaviciosa is a fertile municipality in orchards and fruit trees that is located in the eastern half of the coast of Asturias. Is one of the cider capitals in the region. In its capital is celebrated, the odd years, the Festival de la Manzana, one of the best-known celebrations of the Principality. It is a council of 15.000 inhabitants with numerous landscape and environmental resources, such as extensive laugh with a bed of more than 10 square kilometers, declared a Partial Reserve, or the beach of Rodiles, whose sands more than a kilometer long have been fixed by an immense pine forest. In the artistic and heritage aspect, its pre-Romanesque and Romanesque wealth: San Salvador de Valdediós (popularly known as «El Conventin»), the Monacal Church of Santa María, San Juan de Amandi, San Andrés de Bedriñana and San Salvador de Fuentes.
Villaviciosa limits to the north with the Cantabrian Sea; to the south with Cabranes, Sariego, Siero and Nava; to the east with Colunga and Piloña, and to the west with Gijón.
How to get there
The main communication routes are the Autovía del Cantábrico and the N-632 highway, which cross the council from east to west and run parallel to the coast.
Oviedo, 42 km
Gijón, 30 km
La land of Maliayo, fertile, with large estuaries and high rasas appropriate for the domain of the territory, was populated at least since the Epipaleolithic, in its Asturian stage, therefore between 6.000 and 9.500 years ago. Strong evidence has been found that the military culture densely populated these lands.
The Romans also took advantage of the wealth of this Asturian area and its easy access to the sea. The Latin writer Plinio was praised in the town.
In 1270, Alfonso X, the wise king, granted the men of the land of Maliayo letter of foundation of puebla or villa.
In 1484 a fire ravages the villa in its entirety. The Catholic Kings grant grants to rebuild it.
At the end of the seventeenth century the Franciscans founded a convent of preachers of popular missions that from then on will have great sociological relevance in the municipality. Jacobean pilgrimages left in their wake a large number of churches and monasteries throughout the municipality, some of them have been classified as World Heritage Sites, such as San Salvador de Valdediós, El Conventín, consecrated in the 893 year.
Later in time, the name of Villaviciosa that gives associated to the manufacture of Asturian sparkling cider, with the company EL Gaitero as the flagship of the activity. Villaviciosa is one of the first producers of apples, milk and meat of the Principality of Asturias in the 20th century, as well as agri-food industries. Its rural heritage is very rich, and has an abundant heritage in hórreos and paneras, as well as dozens of old water mills, fundamental for the economy of the time.
In civil art It is to admire the house of the consistory (1902-1906), various mansions of Indians like Les Baragañes, El Encanto, Hotel Spain, and a set of urban palaces from the XVII-XVIII.
> Our Lady of the Portal, Villaviciosa, the second Saturday of September.
> Apple Festival, in odd years in Villaviciosa, second weekend of September.
> Great Fair: the Wednesday closest to the festivity of San José, in Villaviciosa.
> Our Lady of Carmen, in Tazones, 18 and 19 de Julio.
> San Juan, in Amandi the 24 of June.
> San Salvador, in Fuentes the 6 of August.
> Our Lady, Logas, September 8.
> San Roque, in Tazones, 15, 16 and 17 in August.
> The Sacramental, Pawn, 29, 30 and 31 of July.
> Santa Ana, Quintes, 26 of Julio.
> San Bartolomé, Quintueles, 24 of August.
Fairs and markets
> Weekly market on Wednesdays.
> Cattle Fair of San José, March 20.
> Cattle Fair in Argüeru, 1 in September.
> Contest-exhibition of cattle, from 14 to 18 in September.
Vallina Park. Tno 985 89 17 59Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com