West Oviedo Walking Tour (Self Guided), Oviedo

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.
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West Oviedo Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: West Oviedo Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Oviedo (See other walking tours in Oviedo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Author: Xena
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Iglesia San Pedro de Los Arcos
  • Acueducto de los Pilares
  • Villa Magdalena
  • Palacio de Congresos de Oviedo
  • Plaza de toros de Buenavista
  • Plaza Dolores Medio
  • Dama del Balcón
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Iglesia San Pedro de Los Arcos

1) Iglesia San Pedro de Los Arcos

Iglesia San Pedro de Los Arcos dates back to the 12th century and presumably stands where a small chapel, called San Pedro del Otero, once stood. The church received its present name in the middle of the 18th century. In 1908, the church was almost entirely demolished in order to be restored and rebuilt, it is when it received its current appearance. The church building features a central tower, as well as several smaller peaks. Its windows and entrance represent horseshoe arches, typical of 19th century Visigothic Spain architecture.
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Acueducto de los Pilares

2) Acueducto de los Pilares

Acueducto de los Pilares was built betweem 1570 and 1599 under the direction of Juan de Cerecedo, although the works were completed by Gonzalo de la Barcena. The initial construction had 42 arches (10 meters high each), with a total length of 390 meters. The building works were funded by the cider and wine taxes and had an overall cost of 15,500 ducats. The aqueduct was supplying the city with water form the wells of Boo and Fitoria of Monte Naranco. At the end of the 19th century, the aqueduct was replaced by a system of water tanks and pressure pipes. These five arches have been preserved as a tribute to the Acueducto de los Pilares. In 1915, the rest of the pillars were demolished due to a city expansion plan. The remaining part of the aqueduct was restored in 2006 and declared a Conjunto histórico (Historic-Artistic Grouping).
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Villa Magdalena

3) Villa Magdalena

Villa Maria Magdalena, popularly known as Villa Magdalena, is a French-style mansion, surrounded by gardens, situated in the center of Oviedo. The mansion was built in 1902 by architect Juan Miguel de la Guardia. It was named after its last resident, Maria Magdalena Alvarez-Argüelles Campa, wife of Alfredo Herrero Figaredo. At the end of the 20th century, the house was expropriated by the government. The building was restored and the gardens became a parkland, the mansion was opened as a public library and study center. The building represent a sublime and gracious architectural complex, typical to the 19th century French fashion.
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Palacio de Congresos de Oviedo

4) Palacio de Congresos de Oviedo (must see)

Palacio de Congresos de Oviedo (Exhibition and Congress Center) is an absolutely unique building in the city, consisting of three exhibition floors. It houses a main hall (2,300 square meters), a meeting room with capacity of 217 people, a multipurpose room (410 square meters), a 2,144 seat auditorium, and is covered by a impressive white steel dome, 45 meters high. The Congress Center is surrounded by an U-form structure, this is reserved for hotels and state offices. The official opening ceremony took place in May, 2011.
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Plaza de toros de Buenavista

5) Plaza de toros de Buenavista

Plaza de toros de Buenavista (Buenavista Bullring) was inaugurated in 1889. The complex was designed by Juan Miguel de la Guardia. In 1957, an extensive remodeling took place giving the building its present appearance. The complex consists of a bullfighters yard, corrals and stables. The outer walls are decorated with solid brick corners and cornices, as well as original horseshoe shaped windows. It is planned to restore the complex, the new bullring will be called “Oviedo Arena”.
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Plaza Dolores Medio

6) Plaza Dolores Medio

Plaza Dolores Medio is the largest public place in Oviedo. It opened in 2003 in honor of local writer, Dolores Medio. A giant bust of the writer was installed in the square as tribute to the memory of this great woman. Plaza Dolores Medio is considered to be one of the most modern and well equipped squares in town. It offers a breathtaking view of the city and its surroundings. One more distinctive feature of the square is the statue of Asturcón, the totemic Asturias stallion. This gorgeous statue was made by Félix Alonso for the inauguration of the square in 2003.
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Dama del Balcón

7) Dama del Balcón

Dama del Balcón is a 2,5-meter sculpture located in Parque del Oeste. It depicts a woman leaning over a balcony. The statue was made by Oviedo sculptor, José Antonio Nava, known for his tendency to combine wavy, harmonious lines with rectangular blocks. The lady's figure is made of marble. The small plate on the pedestal says: “Balcony Lady; Author: José Antonio Nava; Oviedo, December, 1, 2002”.

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 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
Oviedo Religious Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
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Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Oviedo Statues and Squares, Part 2

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Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Oviedo Heritage Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles