Manageable size, pretty, clean, historical
the mist, the weather.
It felt like I had been transported outside Spain - to a place that was sort of French, sort of Scottish, sort of Irish
The most famous hotel in Asturias is located in the heart of Oviedo. The core of the building, which...more
Comfortable 2* hotel in a quiet street very close to the rail and bus stations, just a shrt walk...more
La Manjoya, Oviedo, 33170, Spain
Good for: Business
We enjoyed Casa Conrado for lunch. It is a bit on the formal side, but the food was good, the service was attentive, and the atmosphere was nice. They served traditional Asturian cuisine, upscale style, beautifully presented. The vegetables in the sole vegetarian were overcooked. They did a lot better on their meat dishes. So many Spanish...more
Asturias is Cider country and has its traditional ways of serving it. There are serveral typical Sidrerias in Calle Cascona, a road frequented by tourists and locals alike, for lunch or dinner, or just to share a bottle with friends (or drink it on your own...to have a chat with your bar neighburs). My Spanish improves enormously after a...more
Punta y coma can mean either:Period and commaPeriod and eatPoint and eatI love the play on words here. A period is a stop, stop and eat is a logical deduction of this name. Unfortunately, I wasn't as impressed by the food. I ordered lomo de cerdo (pork loin) and it was dry and covered in a gravy. It reminded me of cafeteria style turkey and gravy...more
If you've always wanted to check out the custom of bar hopping to taste tapas, the link below will direct you to some of the better tapas bars in Oviedo. I should mention that going out for tapas (a tapear) and going out for a snack (pinxos- finger sandwiches) is a slightly different proceedure that you need to experience to understand. (Personally...more
Since my early young-times, we used to go to a place called 'TAXI' because the people we met there and the low prizes of drinks.In the begining of the 90's four friend (Angel, Alberto, Antonio and Miguel) got the place, changed the name to MOVIE and came into the night business.I will look for a picture to show you the place, and you will not miss...more
Flying to Oviedo.The local airport is actually not in Oviedo but in Ranón, a 30-minute drive from it. Bus company ALSA has regular buses from the airport to Oviedo and a taxi may take you for around 20 euro. Several national airlines (Iberia, Spanair, AirEuropa) operate from Ranón airport and some low-cost international airlines (Ryanair) have been...more
Although the best way to get around Oviedo is on foot, local buses will take you to most places for 85 cents in the likely event of rain or if your feet are sore. Buses are quite new, comfortable and air-conditioned. You can pay per ride or purchase a bus card with any amount of rides that will lower the cost per ride, at any newstand. Taxis are an...more
I love going into classic markets overseas almost as much as I love going to supermarkets. This place is gorgeous too. The exterior is almost middle eastern looking and there are so many stalls to choose from. We bought the most delicious cheese that brought us a multitude of joy for days to come.more
Our morning in Oviedo started with, once again, emerging from a parking lot and onto an outdoor market. I'm not superstitious but I definitely felt it was it was sign from a higher power... Well.... we got some souvenirs, some dumb dresses (well, they won't be if owls ever come in style and I drop 40 lbs) and one gorgeous rose quartz and pearl...more
I know El Corte Ingles is not authentic Spanish shopping - it is just a huge mega department store, but I am simply pointing out that there is an El Corte Ingles in Oviedo if you happen to need to buy something. Doesn't matter what. El Corte Ingles has it. (Except for the right kind of shoes for my fashionista daugher.) We needed (1) shampoo, (2) a...more
Spain has very little problem with violent crime relative to most other nations. But like any city of it's size Oviedo does have a small problem with muggers. Common sense will likely keep you out of any trouble in Oviedo. My only word of caution is in regard to places like parks and dimly lit streets at night. We almost got mugged one night we decided to take a shortcut through the Parque de San Francisco, which is very safe by day.
In recent years souvenir shops have sprouted like musrooms on wet wood, some of them are trying to mislead people with all kind of celtic stuff, like triskelions. And this is NOT real asturian, you are not in ireland. we have nothing in common but bagpipes.
Unique Suggestions: If you want an auntentic asturian souvenir ask for a "cigua", a little jet amulet to protect from envy.
Luggage and bags:
If you are going to stay in a Pensión or with a family, try not to pack heavy: some houses do not have elevators.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Do not forget to pack rain shoes, umbrella and some rainproof jacket. In any season, you will most likely have at least on rainy day in your visit to Oviedo.
We visited Oviedo's ayuntamiento (city hall) because two of my friends were looking to find some information about the branch of their family from the region. The ayuntamiento just so happens to be in a former prison.I respect Oviedo for not letting this beautiful structure go to waste and repurposing it. However, no matter which way you look at it...more
When I was in Oviedo I visited an exposition of the native born painter Vaquero at the CAMCO gallery. I was very impressed by what I saw. The acronym CAMCO stands for the CENTRO DE ARTE MODERNO CIUDAD DE OVIEDO. CAMCO is located on calle ALONSO QUINTANILLA in the lower floor of the "Teatro Campoamor" in Oviedo. Here you will find, amongst others, a...more
Nobody was known in Spain for driving racing cars as Fernando in nowdays.On May 4th, 2.003, everybody in Asturias (and mostly in Spain) was watching TV to hear our idol.I heard on the radio that in Ramblas Street in Barcelona people were buying Asturian Flags for the event (our lovely, blue and yellow flag, just like Renault colours) and the...more
We have the date: August 24th, 2003.At last, Fernando Alonso won the first of a long list of victories in Speed Racing Cars. It took place on Hungary GP, in Budapest, one of the more beautiful cities in the world.I was sticken to the armchair while he was running lap after lap in first position. The most important moment in the race was at 9 laps...more
So, apparently Woody Allen is dearly loved in Oviedo (remember "Vicky, Christina, Barcelona?") and they've got a statue of him somewhere. We didn't see it. If we had I totally would've posed next to it, on my knees, so to look like a little girl. Would've been SO good. But no. I had to settle for a photo of the statue. Lame.more
Oviedo is a wonderful city. It's undergone a lot of work lately to fix damage to old buildings. They've closed off the old narrow streets in the city center (casco antiguo) because traffic pollution was damaging the buildings. Now each building has been meticulously cleaned and it's a pedestrian's dream. Oviedo's streets are always clean (according...more