Oviedo’s Cathedral combines Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance elements. Its 15th-century spire looms over a medieval basilica built by the first prince of Asturias. The cathedral as a whole was finally completed in the 16th century, after more than 250 years of construction work. The main altarpiece, depicting the life of Christ, is in Flemish Gothic style. The cloister is home to the Diocesan Museum, with a number of important archaeological relics.
This is one of Oviedo’s oldest buildings, founded in 848 AD and only parts of the original medieval building have survived. Nevertheless, San Miguel de Lillo is regarded as an important part of the region’s Christian heritage and has been granted World Heritage status. The oldest parts of the building include the portico, the choir entrance and the part of the three naves.
During the 9th century this was the largest church in Spain and although now dwarfed by later and greater buildings, it remains of great significance in the history of Spanish religious architecture. The church is well worth a visit, especially for its magnificent array of gorgeously coloured murals.
This magnificent 19th-century building opened in 1892 and is regarded as an emblematic of the city. Teatro Campoamor is also the venue for the annual Prince of Asturias prize ceremony and for the city’s annual opera season and the Zarzuela music festival. The theatre’s elegant interior was influenced by the Teatro de la Comedia in Madrid and is opulently decorated in scarlet, gold and red. On the first floor you can find the statue of Ramón de Campoamor, the Asturian poet after whom the theatre is named.
Covadonga is the gateway to the Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa, the largest national park in Western Europe. The village’s main landmark is the 19th-century mock-Romanesque cathedral. Outside stands a statue of Pelayo, the Visigoth prince who defeated an army of Moors here in 722 AD.
This is an international cultural centre designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Centro Niemeyer is his first work in Spain and it is well visited by relevant personalities of the cultural world such as Nobel prize-winner Woyle Soyinka and famous actors like Kevin Spacey and Brad Pitt. Woody Allen has also included bits of it in his first film in Spain, Vicky Cristina Barcelona from 2008.
West of Aviles stretches the Costa Verde, a long stretch of rugged cliffs, sandy bays and deep river estuaries. Cudillero, the closest village to the airport, has a good selection of places to eat and drink, all crammed together around a small fishing harbour. Further west, Luarca is another tranquil and attractive fishing port.
This is not only a café-bar with a warm and friendly atmosphere but also a great meeting point between artists and people who are into culture. Every week the staff organized activities of all kinds, from conversation groups in English or French to presentations of new artists and live entertainment sessions.
This market is one of the main and more characteristic commercial point of Avilès. If you are looking for typical fresh products, as fruits, vegetables, meat and other specialties, this is the place where to find them! The market is well-frequented by locals as well as tourists and travelers.
Asturias Airport is located on the N642 highway approximately 14 kilometres west of Aviles and 47 kilometres north of Oviedo. There are regular coach services between the airport and Oviedo, Aviles and Gijon. The buses depart from the airport every hour between 7am-9.20pm. The last bus leaves at 11.30pm. +34 902 422 242 www.alsa.es The taxi rank is located outside the terminal. Radio Taxi Gijón +34 985 502 121 Car rental desks are located on the ground floor of the arrivals hall at Asturias airport. Enterprise +34 985 551 217 www.enterprise.es Avis +34 985 562 111 www.avis.com Europcar +34 985 519 331 www.europcar.com
The best way to get around in the cities is by foot or taxi. You can also catch a bus and they are generally very cheap. RENFE (Spanish Railways) has a comprehensive network of intercity and local trains linking Oviedo with Aviles, Gijon and most other towns and villages in Asturias. www.renfe.es ALSA buses connect the airport with all three cities and other towns in the region. +34 902 422 242 www.alsa.es