Oviedo, an innovative city full of life, located in the heart of Asturias is a modern and dynamic capital. Oviedo has a population of 221,000 people.
The strategic geographical location of the city is surrounded by a natural and rural environment that allows outdoor activities accessible to all. In this location, in the nearby Monte Naranco, two of the five jewels of Asturian Pre-Romanesque Art stand out: Santa María del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo. In addition, in the town centre, there are the Cámara Santa, San Julián de los Prados and La Foncalada fountains, all of which have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO for their extraordinary interest, as well as the Primitive Way, the first Xacobean Route that was born precisely in Oviedo.
Oviedo hosts three important regional museums, the Archaeological Museum, the Diocesan Museum and the Fine Arts Museum, one of the most important public regional art galleries in the country; its rich heritage of more than 15,000 works includes a significant collection of Asturian painting; in its collection, in which El Greco’s Apostolate stands out, there is also sculpture, graphic work, photography and applied and industrial arts.
Oviedo is a city on a human scale, close by, especially designed for the promenade, with a large number of pedestrianised streets and unique corners: the Fontán market, the cider boulevard, the historic quarter… which have been the inspiration for writers such as Clarín or Pérez de Ayala; the Asturian capital stands out for its extensive cultural activity and has two large musical venues: the Príncipe Felipe Auditorium, which hosts concerts of all kinds and, among them, three programmes – large orchestras, piano and baroque days – of an international level.The capital of Asturias offers all kinds of places, forms and formats to enjoy the gastronomy, from banquets to tapas, from traditional stews to modern signature cuisine, without forgetting an extensive menu of sweets, desserts and cheeses and gastronomic festivals.