Oviedo – the Capital of Asturias

sidraMost of the charm of this city, in my opinion, comes from the beauty of its surroundings plus the many medieval architecture style houses. I chose Oviedo and not Gijon since I wanted a break from visiting so many near water cities. Also, it is the capital of the region, so it has to offer a lot. And it does.

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Oviedo is today the capital of Asturias and in 730 BC when so much was going on in other parts of the region, here there was just nature, animals and a hill. It is said that two monks founded the city in 761 (this 700 was very busy in these parts) and since then it kept growing, also because the kings moved here.

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The city was built to resemble with Toledo, but just like Wikipedia says, it does look like Santiago de Compostela (future article in 4 weeks) and in my opinion, Braga from Portugal.

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My visiting of this city started from the hotel and I wanted to visit the weapons factory but that did not happen. So next I wanted to see a street that features iconic buildings in this region.

First, I saw the park Jardin Calendario, with its beautify pond that hosts many ducks, next to a statue of Mafalda.

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Ducks at Estanque de los Patos.

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Outside of the park, there is this Santa Cruz street and on one of the ends, are these twin buildings that look so beautiful. I could not find anything on the internet about them so I suppose only admiring will do.

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To find the park is not so hard, is actually in the center of the city. And on every street, there is a small cafeteria and this kind of view.

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Oviedo, is packed with medieval architecture and very realistic statues. Take this example: Las vendedoras del Fontan.

Right in front of this statue, perhaps the first thing you will see is a large restaurant, yellow with light blue windows. It serves fish dishes but also coffee.

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If you fancy for some fast food, these guys will fix you.

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Just like Santiago, Braga, and Venice, this town has narrow streets, flanked by stone and colorful walls, with windows in a lighter color.

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This is the center, center of Oviedo. Here we can see the San Isidoro El Real Church.

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Town Hall.

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This striking looking building (huge also) is a commercial center (Modoo), that to be honest, it was a bit empty. I did find a store that was selling highly detailed Star Wars figurines suitable for chess. I did not buy, thinking that I will find in other places. Since then (October) and today (December) I did not find again those figurines.

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The most known place in Oviedo is this one: The Cathedral of Oviedo and the statue Escultura de la Regenta.

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By chance, there was a wedding at the cathedral.

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Oviedo, unlike other cities, visited on this route was full of teenagers, and because they were mostly dressed in rock music bands merchandise, I guess there was a rock music festival. But I was too tired even to look up for it.

Plaza de America.

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Fuente de Foncalada, built in the 9th century, is it the “the only surviving civil architectural item for public use of the Early Middle Ages” (wiki)

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Food is great in Oviedo, it has right dosage of salt and condiments. Since you are here visiting, you should also forget wine and beer, but instead, enjoy Sidra.

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Fragment of the wall.

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Due to fatigue, I did not have the energy to do museums, nor to visit other places. Oviedo is a big city to walk it on foot and see all the great places. So at one point, I descended in what I was thinking would be the light rail (metro). Instead, it was a train station that leads to Gijon, and other towns and cities in the vicinity.

So walked again and again from one side to another.

There is another great place that I wanted to visit before I go back to Vigo.

More on that, next week.

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