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Introduction

The Cathedral in Oviedo

The Cathedral in Oviedo

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Oviedo is the capital of the Spanish region of Asturias, located in the northwestern coastal area of the country. The city has about 225,000 inhabitants.

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Sights and Activities

Oviedo boasts a range of monuments, which, together with the monuments of the Kingdom of Asturias, are placed on the Unesco World Heritage List.
Throughout the city there are many sights which are worth a visit:

  • Cathedral of San Salvador
  • Cámara Santa de Oviedo
  • Santa María del Naranco Hall,
  • San Miguel de Lillo
  • Basilica of San Julián de los Prados.
  • La Foncalada.
  • Town Hall (Casa Consistorial)
  • La Balesquida Chapel
  • House of the Llanes
  • The Monastery of San Vicente, home of the Archaeological Museum of Asturias.
  • The Convent Church of Santo Domingo
  • El Fontán Market
  • Casas del Cuito
  • Museum of fine arts

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Events and Festivals

  • Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos de Oriente

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Weather

Oviedo has a mild to warm climate. Summers last from June to September when daytime temperatures are usually between 25 and 28 °C and night average between 15 and 17 °C. Winters are from December to February with day still around or slightly above 10 °C and nights around 6 °C. Summers are fairly dry with just around 25mm of rain a month, but from November to February there is about 100-130mm of rain a month. Late spring and early autumn are a good time for a visit, avoiding rain, warm weather and crowds all together.

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Getting There

By Plane

Asturias Airport (OVD) is about 45 kilometres from Oviedo.
Airlines flying here are Regional to Paris, Air Berlin to Berlin, Air Europa to Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife-South, Easyjet to London and Geneva, Iberia to Madrid, Air Nostrum to Alicante, Barcelona, Brussels, Lisbon, Madrid, Málaga, Sevilla and Valencia, and both Spanair and Vueling to Barcelona.

By Train

Renfe has trains to Madrid.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Hotel Cityexpress CovadongaC/ Covadonga 7Hotel87
Hotel Santa ClaraSanta Clara, 1Hotel82
Husa Santo Domingo PlazaBulevard de la Ronda Sur s/nHotel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is widely available within Spain. Most airports have wifi-zones and in most towns there are internet cafés or shops where you can use internet for a fixed price. Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available after ordering, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection in common areas for their guests.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.

In cities you can find plenty of public phones, and 'locutorios'. The latter are small shops where you can use the phone and use internet. Most of them also sell prepaid cards for mobile telephones. These shops are used a lot by foreigners to call to their mother country.

The main mobile network operators in Spain are Yoigo, Vodafone, Movistar and Orange, as in most of Europe voice and data coverage is generally good in urban areas however it can be patchy in rural locations. Cheap mobile phones (less than €50) with some pre-paid minutes are sold at FNAC or any phone operator's shop (Vodafone, Movistar, Orange). Topping-up is then done by buying scratch cards from the small stores, supermarkets, vending points (often found in tobacco shops) or kiosks.

Post

If you want to post a card, you can head to the post office (Correos). The Spanish post is not yet as efficient as colleagues in other countries so receiving a card can take a bit longer than the number of days that it should take. On the website of Correos, you can find the locations of nearby post offices.
Post offices are generally open from 8:30am to 2:00pm, although times will vary according to the size of the city/town and the main post offices might be open until the early evening. Most will also open again on Saturday mornings, but in the smaller towns will close as early as 12 noon. When posting a letter, look for a yellow box and, if possible, post at the post office itself where there will also be divisions for local, national and international mail. Be prepared for long queues at the post office. This is why tobacco shops sell stamps and many will also have the facility to weigh packages. Standard letters/postcards of up to 20 grams sent within Spain are €0.34. However, non-standard letters/postcards of up to 20g are €0.39. Letters/postcards of 20 to 50 grams are €0.45. In the case of international shipping, the price is €0.64 to most countries within Europe for standard envelopes (letters/postcards) up to 20g, for a few European countries and outside Europe it is €0.78. If you want to send a package you are probably better off with a private courier company like TNT, DHL or UPS, as they offer quick and reliable services against competitive prices.

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