Oviedo (1/2 Day)
The old city of Ovetum has been closely linked, since its foundation (8th century), to the Asturian monarchy, reaching the status of the capital of the Kingdom. This fact has left a historical old town of undoubted medieval flavour to which the modernity has endowed with a careful urban layout easy to cross. This visit will give you great know-how of the beautiful city of Oviedo loved by many, such as Woody Allen, who described it as a "fairy tale city".
You will start from the modern part of the city, to see the Opera House (the second oldest in Spain, from 1892), the statue of Woody Allen or the Church of San Juan el Real. From there, you will reach Escandalera square where you will see the world-famous statue of “la Maternidad” by Fernando Botero and the Asturian Parlament, the San Francisco Garden or the Uría street.
After that, you will visit the San Salvador Cathedral. Built in a flamboyant Gothic style, its tower, rosette and entrance portico guard the greatest Asturian symbols. The chapel of San Miguel or Holy Chamber (UNESCO World Heritage) keeps the Holy Ark, the Cross of the Angels and the Cross of Victory, relics also visited by pilgrims walking the Saint James Way to Santiago de Compostela. These symbols appear on the coat of arms of Oviedo and the Principality of Asturias.
After the visit to the Cathedral, you will continue your tour through narrow medieval streets like Santa Ana, Mon or Trascorrales to arrive at El Fontán market, located in the heart of the old town and always showing a lively ambience.
If there is time remaining, you will visit the exterior of the renown Campoamor Theatre and the Old University main façade.
Our guide will give you the best suggestions to take your lunch in the Asturian capital. Do not miss the traditional fabada (beans stew)!
*If you have a vehicle, you can visit the wonders of the innovative Asturian pre-Romanesque art, a precursor of Romanesque and Gothic styles, and that is the exclusive heritage of these lands. On the outskirts of Oviedo, we have the opportunity to enjoy some of its most important buildings such as Santa María del Naranco, San Miguel de Lillo and San Julián de los Prados, all National Monuments. These temples and palaces, along with Santa Cristina de Lena, the Holy Chamber and the Foncalada (medieval fountain) have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
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