Campo de San Francisco (San Francisco Park), Oviedo

Campo de San Francisco (San Francisco Park), Oviedo (must see)

San Francisco Park (Campo de San Francisco) is a large public garden of 90,000 square meters in the center of Oviedo. The park is planted with orchards salvaged from the convent of San Francisco after the convent was demolished. The park abounds in winding paths and broad avenues, illuminated by lampposts as the sun sets. The Los Alamos and Jose Cuesta walks, Italia and Germany avenues thread their way through the trees.

A 13th-century deed, kept in the Cathedral of Oviedo, declares that knight Don Gonzalo Bernardo de Quirós donated a fountain and meadow to the Franciscan Friars. In 1534 the city and the Cathedral converted all the land into a single space for public use. Walks and tree-lined ways were developed. Italy Avenue was the first promenade to open.

The 19th century saw the final transformation of the San Francisco lands into a rambling, English-style park. A landscape was created with fountains like Las Ranas ( the Frogs) and La Fuentona (the Fountain). In 1899 the bandstand was built.

Urban sculptures are scattered throughout the park. The Romanesque portal of the old church of San Isidro and other monuments are part of the open-air museum of Oviedo. Busts of famous people are easily found. The park is a refuge. Peacocks, peahens, and aquatic birds stroll or waddle around the lakes and grounds.

In the last few years, adaptations have been carried out to improve the space. All the paved streets have been pedestrianized. Best of all, there will always be ice cream, peacocks, and a safe place to walk.

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Sight Name: Campo de San Francisco (San Francisco Park)
Sight Location: Oviedo, Spain (See walking tours in Oviedo)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Oviedo, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Oviedo

Create Your Own Walk in Oviedo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Oviedo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Oviedo Introduction Walking Tour

Oviedo Introduction Walking Tour

The Kingdom of Asturias began in 720, with the Visigothic revolt against Muslim rule led by the nobleman Pelagius. At that time, the city of Oviedo did not exist. Two monks, Maximo and Fromestano, founded the city in 761. They built a small church for Saint Vincent on a bare hillside, and from this seed, Oviedo grew.

After Pelagius died in 737, King Alfonso I founded a dynasty in Oviedo that...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Oviedo Public Art Walking Tour

Oviedo Public Art Walking Tour

Public art adds a great deal of vibrancy and character to the cityscape of Oviedo, Spain, reflecting, among other things, its contemporary spirit. From the bustling Plaza Trascorrales to the serene Plaza Porlier De Oviedo, numerous sculptures have long become an integral part of the neighborhood, captivating passers-by in their numbers.

In Plaza Trascorrales, sculptures like The Fishwife and...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Oviedo Historic Architecture

Oviedo Historic Architecture

The north Spanish region of Asturias and particularly its capital city, Oviedo, have long been noted for their unique architecture. The medieval part of town, whose ancient walls are still largely intact, contains some truly priceless relics. Among them is a well called La Foncalada, a fascinating example of an effective hydraulic system, dating back to the first half of the 9th century, based on...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles