This guided walking tour shows you the highlights of Oviedo, the capital of Asturias. Together with a private, local, and English-speaking guide, you’ll explore the city’s Old Town, food market, monumental buildings, and famous statues.
From the Middle Ages to Modern Times
Oviedo has a history that dates back to the Middle Ages. Your guide leads you through Oviedo and through time, when you explore the Medieval remainders of what once was the royal seat of the Kings of Asturias. Together, you discover the Old Town with its mansions and baroque palaces. You also get to know (and perhaps taste!) some of Asturias’ most famous products: cheese and sider!
Oviedo, Origin del Camino
In the 9th century, the then King of Asturias, Alfonso II, heard about a mysterious tomb found in the woods in Galicia. He embarked on a quest to see this tomb himself. It appeared to be the resting place of the Apostle James (Santiago in Spanish). Surely, he could not have imagned that centuries later, millions of pilgrims would literally follow in his footsteps. The famous Camino de Santiago was born, and its origin lies in Oviedo!
Throughout the year, and especially in summer, dozens of pilgrims start to walk the Camino Primitivo each day. It’s very likely you stumble upon a few of them during your tour. Your guide can tell you everything about the Camino de Santiago and has many first-hand stories and anecdotes about this famous route.
Are you interested to walk part of the Camino Primitivo together with a guide? Check our Camino de Santiago tour here.
Visiting the interior of Oviedo’s cathedral
The Cathedral of San Salvador is the highlight of Oviedo. Not only is it the most remarkable building in the city, but it has also played a major role in the development of the city. Moreover, thousands of pilgrims visit the Cathedral each year while walking the Camino de Santiago. To really get to know the value of the Cathedral and its treasures, your guide takes you for an exclusive visit to the interiors of the Cathedral.
San Salvador is created in different time periods and hence, different architectural styles are used. From Pre-Romanesque to Romanesque, and from Gothic, to Renaissance and Baroque. You visit the Holy Chamber, a World Heritage Site, with relics placed by Alfonso II and donations of the Asturian Kings to the Cathedral. Your guide shows and explains the altarpieces, sculptures, chapels, and icons. After visiting the interior of the Cathedral, you’ll see Oviedo in a whole different light!
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Visit of Oviedo’s Old Town, most characteristic buildings, food markets, and squares
Visit the exterior and interior of Cathedral San Salvador
Local insiders suggestions on where to eat local specialties (cheese, sider, pastries)