Endless days, stress, traffic jams, fast food … Sound familiar? These are some of the key concepts of today’s society, which has been denatured. If you want to go back to nature, to harmony; To breathe again and to be free, to eat well again and, in short, to enjoy and feel alive again, a good option is to travel to Asturias , a place that has a lot to offer.
This autonomous community in the north of Spain is a perfect combination of nature, gastronomy and culture. And although the first thing that will catch your attention about this place will be its landscapes, you should not leave out its cities, which hide multiple secrets. Today at Vuela Viajes we want to talk to you about the three main cities of Asturias: Avilés, Gijón and Oviedo. Do you want to discover them? Well, you just have to join us!
First of all, we want to talk about Avilés, a commercial city of medieval origin and a great seafaring tradition, which has a lot to offer the traveler: palaces, gardens, fountains, arcaded houses, churches …
Located in the central coastal strip of Asturias, Avilés is a modern city, although it houses a beautiful old town that has been declared a Historic-Artistic-Monumental Site, as it houses important jewels of civil and religious architecture. In fact, it is one of the best preserved old towns in Asturias.
How could it be otherwise, we must also talk about the Avilés estuary, one of the most beautiful natural estuaries in the autonomous community. This estuary has been environmentally restored, and has a promenade that offers wonderful views.
In Avilés we must also highlight the Niemeyer Center, the last and most important work of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Europe. This construction adds an innovative touch to the city’s skyline .
On the shores of the Cantabrian Sea we find Gijón, the most populated city in Asturias, which shows an attractive combination of monumental heritage , modern urbanism on the edge of the beach and a marine flavor. Even the Romans fell in love with this place and, in fact, they placed their hot springs in Campo Valdés.
Without a doubt, one of the great attractions of Gijón is Cimadevilla , an old fishing district that preserves the layout, buildings and atmosphere of its maritime past.
Of course, we must also talk about its wonderful beaches. Specifically, we want to highlight San Lorenzo, a large urban beach in the shape of a shell , and Poniente, which has artificial sand and is ideal for sunbathing and practicing water sports.
Nor can we forget the Labor City of Culture and its Center for Art and Industrial Creation, which allows you to discover the culture and landscape of the Gijón environment.
Finally, we must talk about Oviedo, the Asturian capital, a hospitable and dynamic city that has an intense cultural and commercial life. Since its foundation in the 8th century it has been linked to the Asturian monarchy and, in fact, it became the capital of the Kingdom. As a consequence, it houses a historical center with an unquestionable medieval flavor. Of course, modernity has endowed it with a neat urban layout that is easy to navigate.
Of its Old Town, the Cathedral , the Holy Chamber and some churches and convents, as well as museums, stand out.
It is important that you bear in mind that Asturias is home to the largest number of representative buildings of Asturian pre-Romanesque art, which were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 and 1988.
If you have the opportunity to visit Oviedo you will not be able to stop having a tapas on the Boulevard de la sidra, which is what Calle Gascona is called, which is full of restaurants and cider houses.
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