Lago Ercina, one of the lakes of Covadonga in the Picos de Europa National Park (Asturias)

Plans for visiting Green Spain for a week or more

We suggest a route from east to west covering the four regions that make up part of Green Spain: the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. The route starts and finishes near two important airports with several international connections: Bilbao, and Santiago de Compostela.

There is also an option to travel through this area on the tourist train. This is the Transcantábrico Train, which connects Bilbao (Basque Country) with Santiago de Compostela (Galicia).

DAY 5 – Oviedo, pre-Romanesque Asturian art and Gijón

  • 1 Donostia – San Sebastián
  • 2 Bilbao
  • 3 Santander
  • 4 Altamira
  • 5 Picos de Europa National Park
  • 6 Oviedo
  • 7 Gijón
  • 8 Ribeira Sacra
  • 9 Santiago de Compostela

Oviedo and pre-Romanesque Asturian art

Distance from Cangas de Onís to Oviedo: about 70 kilometres. How to get there: by car, using the N-634 and A-8 motorway. The journey by bus is just over one hour and 15 minutes.

If you arrive early in Oviedo, you can use the time to walk around Plaza del Fontán and Plaza del Ayuntamiento, and see the Foncalada fountain (dating from the 9th century and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the façade of the Campoamor Theatre (where the prestigious Princess of Asturias Awards are awarded). To recharge your batteries, we recommend taking a break in one of the traditional cake shops in the centre and trying some of the popular cakes, such as carbayones or moscovitas. A visit to the city would be incomplete without visiting the cathedral, which houses the Holy Chamber, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can find some of the best examples of pre-Romanesque Asturian art within a radius of five kilometres from the centre: the churches of San Miguel de Lillo and Santa María del Naranco. You can also enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the city where you will see the Príncipe Felipe Conference Centre-Auditorium, for example.

Evening in Gijón

Distance from Oviedo: about 30 kilometres. How to get there: by car in approximately 30 minutes using the A-66 and A-8 motorways. The bus and train journeys are both direct and also take around 30 minutes.

As you will have only a few hours in Gijón, head straight to the Cimadevilla neighbourhood. It is the former fishing neighbourhood, with nice squares between small streets. Along the walk, you will see the Plaza Mayor, the council building and the Revillagigedo Palace, located opposite the marina. The area is full of cider houses and restaurants where you can try typical Asturias cuisine. If you want to take a beautiful picture of the bay, climb up to the Eulogy to the Horizon (on the Santa Catalina hill). This is also a great place to enjoy the sunset. Depending on how much time you have in Gijon, you can complete your visit by walking along San Lorenzo beach and seeing to the Roman baths, the Church of San Pedro and La Laboral City of Culture. This is a cultural complex that combines artistic creation and an exhibition centre in a majestic Classicist building that was completely remodelled and equipped with technological innovations.

More ideas in Asturias

  • - The fishing villages of Asturias. In one day you can visit LLanes, Ribadesella, Cudillero and Luarca, a journey of about 175 kilometres. - Discover the reconversion of Avilés, which has one of the best-preserved old towns in Asturias and the avant-garde architecture of the Niemeyer Centre. About 30 kilometres from Gijón. - Visit La Cuevona, a large natural cave, which is the only point of access to the village of Cuevas.

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