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Important cities of Asturias

Important cities of Asturias

Three modern cities to enjoy

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Three modern cities to enjoy

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.

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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 difficult to find in other Spanish capitals. Its Cathedral Square, presided over by the monumental flamboyant tower of its basilica and a wide open space in which houses with beautiful arcades existed, is worth a visit. The famous “les madreñes” market was held there. Without leaving the nerve center par excellence, we see the Palace of the Valdecárzana Heredia, from the seventeenth century. A mythical property for Oviedo society and for fictional fiction, since the famous Casino de la Regenta was located there until 1931. The University, the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the Campoamor Theater, the San Francisco Park ... are places to visit in a quiet walk through the area.

More info Old town of Oviedo

The Cathedral
The Cathedral of Oviedo is a building that began to be built at the beginning of the XNUMXth century on the ruins of pre-Romanesque and Romanesque basilicas, and it took three centuries to build. His style is flowery 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.

More info Oviedo Cathedral

El Fontán Market
In the heart of old Oviedo today, it was a natural lagoon that was located on the outskirts of the city. This lagoon supplied by natural springs had a main source or fontán, which supplied the lagoon with its waters, hence it gets its name.
It was in the XNUMXth century that the many merchants who came to the city dried up and built a porticoed square. Today the street vendor is on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays in the morning hours.

More info El Fontán Market

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 is the Revillagigedo Palace. It dates back to the first decades of the XNUMXth century and today is the headquarters of the International Center for Contemporary Art. We are in the Cimadevilla neighborhood, the old town par excellence, that of the first settlers of the town.

More info What to visit in Gijón

San Lorenzo beach
The sandy area par excellence of the city, although there are three beaches. Its promenade along the wall is full of walkers and athletes all year round, and if it is summer, bathers. We are at the western end of the beach, near the Church of San Pedro. If we go all over the wall we take a good walk, and if we continue the walk we will do a good number of kilometers along the Senda del Cervigón, being able to contemplate in turn a good number of sculptures.

More info Beach of San Lorenzo de Gijón

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.

More info Archaeological sites of Gijón

Of tourism by Avilés

The city of Avilés, third in population, hides a huge heritage and a dreamy historic 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.
Inside the street map, 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.

More info What to see in Avilés

Niemeyer Center
On December 15, 2010 it opened its doors for the first time on the occasion of the 103rd birthday of Óscar Niemeyer, the famous Brazilian architect who years ago agreed to give Avilés this project as a thank you for the 1989 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts .
It rises on the right bank of the Avilés estuary. It is a square open to the world and culture, a project to regenerate a deeply industrial city in the XNUMXth century that aspires to an aesthetic and post-industrial reconversion in the XNUMXst.

More info Niemeyer Center of Avilés

Text: © Ramón Molleda for asturias.com

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