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Plan your trip to  Oviedo

1.- Packing your bag

1. Which suitcase to choose? Soft ones for short trips and hard ones for long trips or for stopovers.

2. Carry the essential things with you, so you can come back with presents.

3. Use cellophane to divide clothes inside the suitcase.

4. Wear the clothes that occupy the most space.

5. Always carry hermetic bags, which can be very useful for any last-minute unexpected problems.

6. Optimise your toilet bag to avoid any unwanted surprises.

7. Bring versatile clothing, although make sure it looks good because it will be in the photos you are going to keep and see for the rest of your life.

8. Choose your footwear carefully and bring three pairs at most: trainers, flip flops and shoes or hiking boots. Make sure you bring something elegant for when you go for a few drinks.

9. Save 20% of the suitcase for anything you may bring back.

10. If the clothes are creased after the trip, you can use the home method of taking a hot bath and hanging the clothes in the bathroom, so the steam can get rid of the creases.

2.- Phone numbers of interest

  • Emergencies 112
  • Guardia Civil Emergencies 062
  • State Police Emergencies 091
  • Local Police 985 11 34 77
  • Fire service 080

3.- Traditional gastronomy

Fabada: Stew with white beans, meat…

Cachopo: Thin beef fillet fried in breadcrumbs.

Chorizo a la sidra: Chorizos fried in cider.

Tortos: Corn pancake.

Pastel de Cabracho: Traditional fish cake.

Escalopines al cabrales: Beef in breadcrumbs with Cabrales-cheese sauce.

Casadielles: Dough made with wheat flour filled with nuts, anise and sugar.

Arroz con leche: Cold rice pudding with milk and cinnamon.

Sidra: Alcoholic apple drink (cider)

Mosto de manzana: Non-fermented apple drink. Alcohol free.

 

BEST AREAS TO EAT IN

Plaza del Fontán:

Located in the old town and near Plaza de La Constitución, where the City Hall is, Plaza del Fontán is a rectangular-shape square whose name comes from the hot spring (fontán) which filled the lagoon that was located here. In this square you can find many restaurants and cider bars where you can enjoy traditional local cuisine.

Calle Gascona:

One of the most traditional streets in Oviedo, this is where the Gascons who arrived in Asturias from France settled to live and trade. Today, it still maintains this European flavour to it thanks to its many restaurants and cider bars.

4.- Leisure areas

The “Wine Route” is in the pedestrian streets of Campoamor and Manuel Pedregal, filled with wine bars and their terraces.

The Wine Route Association, created in 2007 by local restaurant and bar owners, is constantly carrying out different events, which make this area a must for tourists and locals alike.

Gourmet district: It emerged as an initiative from the Local Asturias Hospitality Sector Group around Plaza de América to carry out gastronomic activities under a single brand that’s defined by the high quality of its products and their creativity. Tradition and modernity combined in a single district.

Distrito Gourmet, as it’s known, is on all year long with different gastronomic events, gastronomic days, exclusive offers and many other activities that allow clients to enjoy new sensorial experiences.

5.-  Shopping and markets

Strategically located in the city centre, this shopping area is represented by Calle Uría and its adjacent streets, practically full of elegant shops and shops of the best brands from Spain and around the world.

Plaza de la Escandalera is the heart of Oviedo, connected with the shopping axis of Calle Uría and from where you can visit Teatro Campoamor, Campo San Francisco and the local government building.

6.- Essentials

Cathedral

Built between the Fourteenth and Sixteenth centuries, it is an excellent representative of Flamboyant Gothic architecture. Inside, it has a beautiful high altar, the chapel of King Alfonso II and the cloister’s ogival vaults.

Santa María del Naranco

Catalogued as a World Heritage Site since 1985, this great palace was ordered to be built by King Ramiro I in the first half of the Ninth century, one the south mountainside of Mount Naranco. Today, only the Royal Chapel and the old reception hall remain.

Fine Arts Museum of Asturias

The elegant Palacio de Velarde and Casa de Oviedo-Portal are home to the Fine Arts Museum of Asturias in Oviedo, which possesses an important art collection that comprises art from the Middle Ages to today.

Church of San Julián de los Prados

This magnificent example of Asturian architecture (triple-arched windows, latticework…) built by King Alfonso II in the first half of the Ninth century presents a highly characteristic layout.

Palace of Marqués de San Feliz

It is the most representative Baroque palace in the city, with outstanding purity in its style. The interior courtyard is also of supreme beauty, and the stables are built at a 90-degree angle from the building. It presents a clear parallelism with the Palace of Camposagrado.

7.- Other points

Teatro Campoamor

Oviedo’s home of opera and drama, driven by the bourgeoisie. It is located next to the homonymous square which today is the Ramón Pérez de Ayala Public Library.

Way of St. James

The history of the city of Oviedo is the history of a crossroads, a key point in the history of Northern Spain and medieval Europe. The Way of St. James and the Silver Way have a milestone in Oviedo, a crossing point of both routes than have both been active for over 1,000 years.

Casa del Cuitu

Modernist house by the architect Ulpiano Muñoz Zapata, dating back to 1913. It has four viewpoint complexes, with hanging curved façades, and it’s decorated with mythological motifs.

8.- With kids

Campo de San Francisco

Located in the city centre, this beautiful park was once the vegetable garden of the defunct convent of San Francisco. Nowadays, this strolling and recreational spot for locals still preserves a Romanesque gate by the pond.

Palacio de los niños

The Children’s Palace is located in Parque de Invierno. As well as a restaurant, it has everything for a day of leisure with children: Baby library (1-3 years), entertainment park, climbing wall, art corner, ball park…

Oviedo in the Jewish-quarter route

Since the Jewish population was so numerous, they were ordered to have their residency inside the walls. Plaza Juan XXIII is located in what was approximately one of the limits of Oviedo’s Jewish quarter, which started in the so-called Puerta de Socastiello.

9.- Museums

Fine Arts Museum of Asturias

The elegant Palacio de Velarde and Casa de Oviedo-Portal are home to the Fine Arts Museum of Asturias in Oviedo, which possesses an important art collection that comprises art from the Middle Ages to today.

Archaeological Museum of Asturias

Located in a Fifteenth-century Plateresque cloister, the Archaeological Museum takes us from prehistoric times all the way to pre-Romanesque times.

Church Museum

The Holy Art Museum is located in the Cathedral’s High Cloister and it currently has a hall and seven rooms.

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