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Capital of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain, Oviedo is the commercial and administrative centre of its principality and is home to around 230,000 people. Legend has the city being founded in 761 by two monks who built a church to San Vincent. This is, however, disputed as archaeologists have found evident of a Roman settlement dating back to the 1st century. The city first began to take off as the capital of the Asturian kingdom in the early Middle Ages and grew in significance as an important staging post along the Camino de Santiago.
For Asturias, despite remaining the only land unconquered by the Muslims, the golden age soon passed, as the capital moved further south to León, following the Reconquista and the newly conquered lands. The kingdom of Asturias gave way to the kingdom of León which in turn gave way to Castilla and then Spain, as the great land mass slowly solidified and unified.
The city’s university was founded in 1600 and the growth in mining and manufacturing during the 19th century brought much needed impetuous back to the region. In 1934 a miners’ revolt rocked the city and was harshly repressed by a young General Franco. This, coupled with a month long siege in the early months of the Spanish Civil War, saw much of the old town destroyed.
Today, the gritty Oviedo-Gijόn-Avilés industrial triangle still forms the bedrock of the region’s industry to this day. Oviedo’s economy relies upon its role as the administrative capital with much of its economy based in the service sector.
Tourism in Asturias
Oviedo is a small, compact city and so can be easily visited on foot. Situated at the foot of El Monte Naranco it is surrounded on all sides by green rolling hills and farmland. The city centre is framed by the north-south N364. To the east lie the large out of town shopping centres and city hospital, and to the west the university. The largish city park, Campo de San Francisco, is considered the geographic centre of the city and is a good landmark by which to orientate yourself. The large shop-lined Calle de Uria runs concurrently with the park and ends at the RENFE train station to the north of the historic centre. From the east of the park is the El Casco Antiguo (old town), a warren of smaller, older streets centred around the cathedral of San Salvador.
The nearest and most convenient airport is Asturias Airport (OVD), which is 47 km away from Oviedo. ALSA shuttle buses connect the airport with Oviedo bus station roughly every hour, between 6 am and 11 pm. The bus takes approximately 45 minutes and the one-way fare is less than 10€. Advance tickets can be bought online; alternatively, you can buy your ticket from the bus driver. You can find more information on their website. A taxi from the Airport to Oviedo city centre will take between 35 and 45 minutes and cost approximately 60€. Santander Airport (SDR), is approximately one and a half hours away by car, or three hours by ALSA bus. This is a long-distance bus and tickets should be bought in advance.
If you do not have a direct flight to the Asturias (OVD) airport, we recommend Madrid-Barajas (MAD) as the intermediate conection for the frequency of its flights.
ALSA also operates a bus service between Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) and Oviedo bus station, which takes 5-6 hours. Tickets should be bought in advance.
RENFE trains connect Madrid with Oviedo, at a frequency of 2-4 trains a day. FEVE trains (now part of RENFE) connect Oviedo with the north of Spain (Galicia, Cantabria, País Vasco). Fares vary. Please visit their website for more information.
ALSA also operates a bus service between Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) and Oviedo bus station, which takes 5-6 hours. Tickets should be bought in advance. Fares vary. Please check their website for more information.
A good number of ALSA buses run between Madrid and Oviedo every day. The duration of the trip is 5 to 6 hours, and fares vary depending on the time of day and type of bus. ALSA also connects Oviedo with most Spanish cities. Please visit their website for more information.
Oviedo bus station is centrally located within walking distance of the commercial city centre (Calle Uría) and the conference venues. It is served by bus line L2 Facultades-Lugones (to the Humanities Campus). There is a taxi rank outside the station.