Soñando Sunday: Oviedo
Transport options to arrive: Plane, Train, Bus, or Car
- I personally arrived by car―which is very comfortable and grants you more freedom with your schedule―however the flights to Oviedo from within Spain are surprisingly inexpensive compared to other cities in the north that are closer. Depending on your time-constraints, this may be the most worthwhile option.
Recommended time of year to visit and length of visit: Summer or Fall, 1-3 days (I sadly only had one night in the city but would have loved to stay for much longer)
Fun Fact: One of the main squares, Plaza de la Escandalera, has actually had many different names over the years. However, the current name dates back to the heated debates (escandaleras) that took place in the early 1800s following the construction of some of the first houses build on the corner of the square’s intersecting streets.
Top three must-sees:
1. Plaza de la Escandalera and Parque Campo San Francisco: Essentially the heart of Oviedo, this square and park are home to some of Oviedo’s most famous sculptures. They'll give you a representative taste of the ambiente, and will entice your appetite for taking in more of the city.
2. The many sculptures: While impressive architecture is visible throughout the city, what really caught my eye was the wide range of styles represented in the large collection of sculptures (esculturas) sprinkled randomly along the streets and squares. You can look up the locations of these sculptures before you go to ensure you see the most famous ones, but I personally recommend just taking in the city naturally―it’s an unexpected treat each time you happen upon a new one and, trust me, it’s not hard to do!
3. Bicrú Green Bar and Restaurant: I’ll admit, this is by no means a traditional Asturian recommendation. However, discovering this new age-y bar whose menu abounds with fresh juices and smoothies and other organic and vegan options after a week of traveling was a slice of heaven. If, like me, you need a break from the heavier, oilier traditional food up north this place is highly recommended! However...
One thing to eat: Chorizo a la sidra
When in Asturias, one simply must experience the homemade cider which is poured into your glass from a distance to create a fountain-style presentation and which is meant to be drunk in shot-sized amounts. Personally, I’m glad I had that experience because it was a lot of fun but the taste was not exactly what I prefer when it comes to sidra. What WAS delicious was the sausages that are cooked in the cider, served in the broth and enjoyed like tapas.