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Territory (Oviedo)
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Plaza de la Constitución, 4. Oviedo
985 213 385
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  • Via the A-66, A-64, A-63, AS I and AS-II dual carriageways and the N-630 and N-634

  • Population: 225,973 inhabitants

    Area: 186.65 km2

Oviedo, capital of the first Christian kingdom on the Iberian Peninsula, is now the capital of the Principality of Asturias and the political, economic, administrative and cultural centre of the autonomous community.

Oviedo, a lively, innovative city located in the heart of Asturias, is the origin of the Way of St James, being the starting point of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. The city safeguards major relics such as the Holy Shroud, a symbol of Christianity.

The city is strategically located, surrounded by a natural, rural environment providing a range of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by all comers. On nearby Mount Naranco stand two of the five jewels of Asturian Pre-Romanesque Art: Santa María del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo. In addition, inside the city itself are to be found the Holy Chamber, San Julian de los Prados and La Foncalada Fountain, all making up a UNESCO World Heritage site due to their special interest.

Oviedo is home to three major regional museums, the Archaeological Museum, the Diocesan Museum and the Fine Arts Museum, one of the leading publicly-owned regional art galleries in the country. Its rich heritage of more than 8,000 works includes a significant collection of Asturian paintings. Besides an outstanding Apostolate by El Greco, the collection also encompasses sculptures, prints, photographs and works in the applied and industrial arts.

Oviedo is a city built on an approachable, human scale, especially designed for walking, with many pedestrian precincts and unique spots - El Fontán Market, the "cider boulevard", the old quarter, etc. - which have served as a source of inspiration for writers such as Clarín and Pérez de Ayala. The Asturian capital is noted for its wide-ranging cultural activities and boasts two major music venues: the Prince Felipe Auditorium, which hosts concerts of all kinds including three programmes of international scope (large orchestras, piano and Baroque music), and the Campoamor Theatre, Asturias' grand opera house, offering opera, operetta and ballet, and where the Princess of Asturias Awards Ceremony is held each autumn.

Oviedo is a city of services, provided by hotels and shops which have earned a reputation for quality. A city with a historic University dating back more than four centuries, it also stands out as a convention and congress capital, with hundreds of professional meetings being held here each year. It boasts a spectacular venue for such events, the City of Oviedo Exhibition and Congress Centre, designed by Santiago Calatrava and opened in 2011.

The capital of Asturias offers all types of establishments, ways and formats for enjoying fine cuisine, ranging from banquets to tapas and from traditional to modern cuisine, not to mention a wide selection of sweet confectionaries, desserts and cheeses and unique gastronomic festivals: "Martes de Campo" (or "Martes del Bollo") and "El Desarme".

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