Oviedo Heritage Walking Tour (Self Guided), Oviedo

Oviedo city is home to many beautiful buildings and monuments, but some of them are especially meaningful, due to their role in the historical and cultural development of the region. This two-hour tour will show you the most significant landmarks on the northern side of Oviedo.
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Oviedo Heritage Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Oviedo Heritage Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Oviedo (See other walking tours in Oviedo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Author: Xena
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • San Julián de los Prados
  • Parroquia de San José de Pumarin
  • La Foncalada
  • Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón
  • Casas del Cuito
  • Iglesia de Las Siervas de Jesús
  • Antiguo Hospicio de Oviedo
  • Plaza de España
  • Campo de San Francisco
San Julián de los Prados

1) San Julián de los Prados (must see)

San Julián de los Prados, also known as Santullano, is a Pre-Ramirense church, dating back to the beginning of the 9th century. It is one of the greatest works of Asturian art and was declared a Historic Monument by the Spanish Ministry of Culture in June, 1917 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on the 2nd of December, 1998. The church's construction was ordered by Alfonso II of Asturias and it was built by the court architect Tioda around 830. It is dedicated to the martyred Egyptian saints Julian and Basilissa.

The spacious church clearly displays the characteristics of its style. It is of basilica plan with a nave and two aisles separated by square piers which support semi-circular arches and with a transept of impressive height. The iconostasis, that separates the sanctuary from the rest of the church is remarkably similar in appearance to a triumphal arch. The size and originality of the church stands out and distinguishes it from works of Visigothic art. However, without doubt, that which most attracts attention to this church is the pictorial decoration, with aniconic frescoes (stucco, very well executed), painted in three layers, with architectural decoration that bears clear Roman influences. Although it appears more a monastic rather than a royal church, a gallery was reserved for the king in the transept. Of the three original entrances to the church, two have been filled in.

The only sculptural decoration that has survived to the present day is that of the marble capitals on which rest the semi-circular arches. There are also two marble flagstones with hexagonal geometric figures and floral motives that are found in the central chapel. The pictorial decoration is the most important element that can be seen in the church. It is without doubt the most important of its time, in its extent and conservation as much as in the variety of icons represented, in all of Western Europe.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Parroquia de San José de Pumarin

2) Parroquia de San José de Pumarin

Parroquia de San José de Pumarin was established in 1957. The church was built in neoclassical style. It is located on Calle de Joaquina Bobela, in the northern part of the city of Oviedo. The church building was designed in white and coral colors, with pure, straight lines, emphasizing the structure's sublimity. The semicircular facade of the Parroquia de San José de Pumarin is an obvious characteristic of Neo-architectural style. The distinctive feature of the facade is the oval window, designed with a white pattern, highlighting the cross on its background.
La Foncalada

3) La Foncalada

The Foncalada is a fountain of potable water located outside of the city walls of Oviedo. It was built by king Alfonso III of Asturias in the 9th century. This building remains the only surviving civil architectural item for public use of the High Middle Ages. Its name was given after the inscription in Latin: “fontem calatam”. Built in Pre-Romanesque style, it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list since 1998. It was originally placed near the city walls, next to an ancient Roman road. The decoration on top depicts the Victory Cross, symbol of Asturias. This public fountain is erected over a spring. The source is a rectangle of about 4 meters (13 ft) wide. It has a shape of a vaulted chapel. Below the Asturian Cross, two inscriptions remain: “With this sign the pious are protected, With this sign you shall defeat the enemy”; “Lord, put the sign of the salvation on this fountain to not allow hitting angel to enter”.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón

4) Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón

Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón (Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) is located at the center of a shopping street, Nueve de Mayo (9th of May). In 1881, the church used to be the part of Visitación de Santa María Order. In the 1970s, the convent and adjoining courtyard were demolished in order to build a modern shopping mall (The Salesians). The community was moved to a new building located in Naranco. The temple itself was saved from demolition due to its high cultural and architectural value. The church building was designed by Francisco Aparic and Juan Miguel de la Guardia in Neo-Gothic style, with a Latin cross in its basement. One of the temple's most curious features is the tower, which appears to “grow” from the center of the facade and rises above the structure as a pentagonal, narrow arrow.
Casas del Cuito

5) Casas del Cuito

Casas del Cuito is an impressive Art Nouveau architectural structure. The building was raised on the Calle de Uría in the first third of the 20th century by Ulpiano Muñoz. Its facade is decorated with mythological motifs, maintained till the present day. Against the background of the neighboring buildings, Casas del Cuito looks like fine lace made of white stone.
Iglesia de Las Siervas de Jesús

6) Iglesia de Las Siervas de Jesús

Iglesia de Las Siervas de Jesús is a small church, located on Calle de Uría. It was designed in neo-Gothic style by Javier Aguirre. The church features such details as floral ornamentation and lancet arches, as well as small rose windows, typical of Gothic architectural style. The humble entrance is crowned by a steeple with a cross and bell.
Antiguo Hospicio de Oviedo

7) Antiguo Hospicio de Oviedo

Antiguo Hospicio de Oviedo was constructed in 1752 by decree of Isidoro Gil de Jaz, head of the Asturias Principality. The works were planned and supervised by the Spanish architect Antonio Pedro Menendez de Ambás. The building aimed to be a local hospital and was rather large for its time. Its facade consists of 7 symmetrical arches and is crowed by a big shield. In 1942, the building was restored by the provincial government. Since then, Antiguo Hospicio de Oviedo has been home to a five-star hotel called “Hotel de la Reconquista”.
Plaza de España

8) Plaza de España

Plaza de España houses a beautiful composition of three statues, called Monumento a Francisco Franco, Spanish general, the leader of the Nationalist military rebellion during the Spanish Civil War. The monument consists of two lateral sculptures and a central one. The lateral figures represent Neptune sitting of the dolphin's back and Apollo looking at the sun. The central figure depicts the Greek Goddess, Hera, proudly facing her future. The curious thing about this composition is its actual dedication. Spain, during its long history, has gone through very difficult years of fascist regime. And Francisco Franco used to be one of the fascist leaders. In 2007, the Spanish government passed the Historical Memory Law, officially condemning the fascist regime. This law implied honoring victims from both sides, but removing all the Francoist symbols and statues from public areas. That's why it is very surprising to see the portrait and the name of Francisco Franco on the column Hera Goddess is standing on.
Campo de San Francisco

9) Campo de San Francisco (must see)

Campo de San Francisco is located in the center of Oviedo and represents one of the most significant landmarks in the city. It stretches across 9 ha (90000 square meters) and houses a Botanical Garden, Snail Fountain, Duck Pond, Music Kiosk, and many beautiful statues and monuments. Historic documents from the 15th century describe Campo de San Francisco as a place frequently visited by people. It was also used as grounds for military training. In the 19th century, the park's present day borders were decided, being bound to the center of the city by Santa Cruz, Santa Susana and Uria Toreno street. Campo de San Francisco is often called the “lungs of the city” and is much loved and valued by Oviedo's citizens.

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.
West Oviedo Walking Tour

West Oviedo Walking Tour

West Oviedo is presently the modern center of the city. Here are located major administrative institutions, as well as beautiful statues. Most of the old buildings are carefully preserved to serve as a reminder of the forefathers' talent and imagination. This tour will show you the most interesting sites in this part of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Oviedo Museums and Galleries Walking Tour

Oviedo Museums and Galleries Walking Tour

Oviedo is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain, and the administrative, commercial and cultural centre of the region. It houses many priceless historic monuments, as well as museums intended to preserve the area's heritage. Take this walking tour to explore the most famous museums in Oviedo.

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

Oviedo Introduction Walking Tour

Tucked between the Cantabrian Mountains and the Bay of Biscay in the north of Spain, Oviedo - capital of the Asturias province - is renowned for its medieval old town, home to the historic Gothic cathedral, museums, convent, and numerous plazas. To explore them all in detail, follow this orientation tour and get an in-depth experience of Oviedo!

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Oviedo Statues and Squares, Part 1

Oviedo Statues and Squares, Part 1

Oviedo is a very beautiful city, it offers its visitors a lot of wonderful landmarks to admire. This sightseeing tour proposes a trip around the most famous and interesting statues and squares of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings

Historical Religious Buildings

It is believed that the city of Oviedo was founded by two monks, Nolan and John, in 761. And it is worth mentioning that the very first construction was a small church dedicated to Saint Vincent. A lot of beautiful churches have been built since then and we invite you to take this tour and explore the most significant religious buildings in Oviedo.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Oviedo Statues and Squares, Part 2

Oviedo Statues and Squares, Part 2

Oviedo is famous for featuring a lot of curious statues, sculptures and artistic compositions. Each of them has a story, certainly worth knowing. This tour will show you the most famous and beautiful of Oviedo hidden jewels.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles