What to see in Oviedo in 2 days
Two days in Oviedo will give you a taste of the beautiful capital of the Principality of Asturias and its key attractions. There’s a little something for everyone: art history aficionados, gourmets, night crawlers and handicraft lovers. Follow our guide to discover a city steeped in history and culture.
Mix up museum visits with leisurely strolls through the old town. It’s the perfect way to see the countless statues and monuments adorning the streets of this quintessential town. It’ll also give you the chance to explore traditional shops and maybe pick up a little something.
Read on to discover how to make the most of your 2-day trip.
Itinerary day 1
11:00 AM – 12:30 AM
Built between the 14th and 16th century, the majestic cathedral is located in the city centre and is one of the city’s most emblematic landmarks. While there, be sure to visit the chapel of Santa Bárbara and its stunning 1663 altarpiece; the chapel of Nuestra Señora del Rey Casto; and the 1739 Santa Teresa altarpiece.
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
This restaurant comes highly recommended, and is found in the exclusive Hotel Barceló Oviedo Cervantes, located in the city centre. The building dates back to the early 20th-century, and is a striking former townhouse that has been fully refurbished. The restaurant uses traditional local products to create dishes with a modern touch.
3:30 PM-5:30 PM
Campo de San Francisco is not only one of Oviedo’s largest green spaces, but also one of the largest urban parks in Asturias. The park was built on an old vegetable plot belonging to the San Francisco Convent. The park houses a large pond and several popular statues.
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
A gem of pre-Romanesque art, this building is a must-see for art lovers. It was built in 848 as a palace royal hall and later became a temple in the 12th century. It is located 4 km from Oviedo so you’ll need to take a taxi to get there. If you have time, pay a visit to the palatine church of San Miguel de Lillo.
8:00 PM-10:00 PM
No one can leave Oviedo without having a glass of authentic Asturian cider. Calle Gascona was dubbed ‘The Cider Boulevard’ because it is home to at least 13 sidrerías, or cider houses. Enjoy a glass of perfectly-poured cider and traditional Asturian fare, such as fabada, cachopo, bollos preñaos, frixuelos and Cabrales cheese, to name but a few delicacies.
Itinerary day 2
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
The food market is one of the most popular places in Oviedo and makes the perfect place to discover local Asturian products and get a feel of the city. The market square also welcomes one of the most popular flea markets of Spain on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Calle Uría is considered the city’s best shopping area and makes the perfect destination to get some shopping done. You’ll find the latest fashions to match all budgets.
2:00 PM-4:30 PM
This lovely restaurant has been serving craft cider and the best Asturian cuisine since 1925. Considered one of the best sidrerías in Oviedo, it is worth booking a table at Calle Fuente de la Plata, No. 68.
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
The ‘Santullano’, as locals call it, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the largest example of pre-Romanesque architecture in Asturias. It was originally part of a palace built by order of Alfonso II the Chaste in the 9th century. It is located off the A66 exit from Oviedo (direction Gijón and Avilés).
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Inaugurated in 1892, Campoamor sits on the former site of the Santa Clara Convent. It is the opera house of Oviedo and is also where the prestigious Princess of Asturias Award ceremony takes place. Be sure to check out their listing of events when in town.
9:30 PM- 11:00 PM
After a show at Teatro Campoamor, why not head to Casa Fermín (San Francisco, 8) for an exquisitely-prepared meal? Centrally located, this restaurant has been serving quality meals since 1924. The menu is a perfect mix of tradition and modern cuisine.