The capital of Asturias by rental bus

This tour focuses on visiting the capital of Asturias, named Oviedo. I suggest you to visit the surrounding area too. You can combine the city with a trip that children will love, the mining museum.

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Gijón , Oviedo, Avilés.

Oviedo was not always the capital of the Kingdom of Asturias, but has been always favoured by the King of Asturias, he even had his second home in Naranco, at Oviedo’s outskirts.

Morning: Naranco’s mountain

My first advice is to ask the driver of your bus to take you to visit Santa Maria del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo, the best example of the architectural style known as " Asturian Pre-Romanesque " and belonging to Unesco World Heritage. They are ten minutes driving out of Oviedo.

Santa María del Naranco

Palace of the Asturian King Ramiro I. It was built in 842. The balcony is represented in tourism logo Asturias natural paradise.

 Santa María del Naranco

San Miguel de Lillo

A few meters from Santa Maria del Naranco. Also built by King Ramiro I in 842. From that time the original frescoes and carved capitals and lintels still remain.

Visit

The same person acts as a guide for the church and the palace, there is no box office. Visits on Monday morning are free of charge.

Hours: 10:00 to 12:30 (summer time it opens half an hour before)

For groups over 20 people appointments can be arranged at +34 638260163 or via the email address: prerromanico@santamariadelnaranco.es.

 San Miguel de Lillo

Through the center of Oviedo

At noon, after Naranco’s visit, ask your driver to go to the center of Oviedo, capital of Asturias.

The bus can drop us in the park of San Francisco, at the city center.

Strolling through Oviedo, things not to miss

From here you can visit the Teatro Campoamor where Prince Prizes are awarded, Escandalera Square, the market of “Fontan”, the more than 100 statues scattered around the old town or dedicate to shopping along Calle de Uría (Uria’s street).

These sculptures are quite varied, Woody Allen, the man with the suitcase, a huge ass with two faces, a woman breastfeeding...

The Cathedral

You cannot leave without visiting Oviedo’s Gothic Cathedral of San Salvador.

It is also a stop for the Camino de Santiago, as legend says: “Who goes to Santiago and not to the Salvador visits the servant and not his Lord".

Gothic Cathedral of San Salvador

Holy Chamber (Cámara Santa)

Inside the Cathedral you can find the Holy Chamber, where the treasures of Asturias are kept, including the original “Victory Cross”. It is also protected as World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Opens from 10h to 13h and 16h to 18h. Remains closed Sundays and holidays.

Eating at the center

Oviedo offers a wide selection in the historical part of the city or in the Gascona Street, called the boulevard of cider, as it is full of “sidrerías” cider bars.

For the sweet toothed there are several specialties to try, Rock chocolates from Peñalba, the “Moscovitas” of Rialto patisserie ( http://www.moscovitas.com/) or Carbayones, a speciality that almost all bakeries in the city have.

 Rock chocolates from Peñalba

Afternoon at the Museum

Among the many options out there for the afternoon, we suggest museums.

For those who are not interested in this choice, I would advise Urías shopping area, there is a wide selection suitable for everyone.

Option 1, Museums at the center of Oviedo

Without leaving the old town there are two interesting alternatives. Pretty handy, Asturias is green and to maintain the lush we have plenty of rainy days, we can always take shelter on the museums.

Archeological Museum of Asturias

This museum has exhibits from Paleolithic times to the arrival of the Romans in Asturias.

Hours: Monday and Tuesday closed. Wednesday to Friday from 9:30 to 20:00 nonstop.
Saturdays 9:30 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00. Sundays and holidays 9:30 to 15:00.

Museum of Fine Arts

More than 8000 works of Asturian and Spanish important artists. Offers painting, sculpture, photography and graphic works.

Hours: Closed on Mondays. Tuesday to Friday from 10.30 to 14.00 and 16.30 to 20.30 h. Saturdays from 11.30 to 14.00 h. and from 17.00 to 20.00 h. Sundays: 11.30 to 14.30 h.

Option 2, Mining and Industry Museum of Asturias, in El Entrego.

El Entrego is a small village in the mining area, half an hour driving from Oviedo.

I have visited this museum with the school, as most of Asturias’ kids, and I was impressed and liked very much to get down the exact replica of a mine.

It was designed by former miners to be equal to what they saw every day and to access visitors need to take an elevator cage, just as miners do.

Mining and Industry Museum of Asturias, in El Entrego

Mining in Asturias

Mining was one of the main economic driver of the region. In the area known as “Cuencas” (basins) there are still many active mines.

This museum is built on a disused mine shaft and explains the history of coal and Asturian mines and the technological progress over time.

Visit Hours
Closed on Mondays. Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00.

The visit to the mine is always done on guided tour.

This tour is written by Ana Covadonga Alvarez, tourism certified, expert in Asturias and tour guide.

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