Things to do in Oviedo

Our most recommended things to do in Oviedo

From Oviedo: Covadonga Lakes and Cangas de Onís Bus Day Trip

1. From Oviedo: Covadonga Lakes and Cangas de Onís Bus Day Trip

Explore the natural beauty of Spain on a guided day trip from Oviedo in a comfortable and air-conditioned bus. Travel to a viewpoint overlooking the lakes of Covadonga, dive into local history at the Basilica of Covadonga, and stop to purchase lunch in Cangas de Onís. Meet your guide in centrally-located meeting point in Oviedo. Sit back and relax on a spacious bus on the ride to the Entrelagos viewpoint to enjoy unbeatable panoramic views of the Ercina and Enol lakes. Learn details about the Picos de Europa National Park from your guide.  Continue to the Basilica of Covadonga, which was built between 1877 and 1901 in the neo-Romanesque style. Hear about the origin of Don Pelayo and the beginning of the time of reconquest, a story that every Asturian boasts about.  Find out where the expression "Asturias is Spain and the rest is conquered land" comes from. See the cave of the Virgin of Covadonga, where the tomb of King Pelayo is located. Admire the wooden Virgin Mary statue which holds a child and a golden rose. Stop for lunch in Cangas de Onís, a city full of typical Asturian food establishments where you can buy a refreshing local cider. Enjoy the Asturian drink to the fullest, without worrying about driving. Have two hours of free time to eat or explore the local area on your own. Get recommendations on sites to see like the Roman bridge which dates back to the High Middle Ages. Return to the meeting point in Oviedo early in the evening.

From Oviedo: Luarca, Cudillero and Avilés Day Trip

2. From Oviedo: Luarca, Cudillero and Avilés Day Trip

The Asturian coast hides many treasures bathed by the Cantabrian Sea. And we invite you to meet many of them with local expert guides and small groups, so that you can spend an unforgettable and spectacular day while falling in love a little more with the charms of Asturias. Starting from Oviedo at 08:30 and leaving Gijón at 09:00, you will embark on a sensational journey whose first stop is in Luarca. In this first seaside village where we will stop, in the municipality of Valdés, you will be able to discover a privileged environment where the sea and the mountains merge. This beautiful town offers all its visitors a multitude of leisure and entertainment plans. We will walk the streets that saw the birth of Nobel Prize in Medicine Severo Ochoa, an authentic reference, of which the village still has many memories. In addition, we will visit the spectacular Plaza Miares and the Ermita de La Regalina, one of the jewels of the Principality of Asturias. From Luarca we will head to Cudillero, a place that we will visit with expert local guides and where we will also have free time to taste all the gastronomy of the area, with a prior recommendation from the guides. But before lunch, it’s time to get to know all the corners of another of the most amazing seaside villas on the Asturian coast. Cudillero captivates anyone who sets foot on its streets. Very peculiar and inclined paths, roads and sidewalks that end up in the sea. Throughout them the life and activity of the inhabitants of the so-called ’Villa Pixueta' develops. Its houses facing the sea, the famous Amphitheatre of Cudillero, the incredible cultural and artistic heritage of the place, La Quinta de Selgas (a spectacular museum), the Church of Jesus del Nazareno or the Church of Santa Maria de Soto de Luiña, among other things, are some of the fantastic places that you will visit and where you will surely enjoy with its history and sensational views. And the third stop of this excursion is in Avilés. Known as the ’village of the forward' awaits you to discover a land of discoverers, since the city is known precisely as the ’village of the forward' because of a space dedicated to one of its most illustrious characters, a ruler of the Indies who reconquered Florida in the 16th century. Tradition, history, culture and modernity blend into a perfect cocktail provides all its visitors with a unique experience. Over the years, Avilés has also been transformed into a modern and avant-garde city, where, above all, the Niemeyer Centre stands out. During our visit we will also visit the historic centre, which is incredible, the Church of Sabugo, in front of the estuary of Avilés, the Plaza de la Merced, presided over by the monumental Church of Santo Tomás, or the already mentioned estuary of Avilés, which keeps an incredible history about the so important industrial sector in Asturias.

Oviedo: Ribadesella, Llanes, and Santillana del Mar Day Trip

3. Oviedo: Ribadesella, Llanes, and Santillana del Mar Day Trip

Discover the gems of the Eastern Asturias coast on this day trip from Oviedo. Travel by air-conditioned bus to the cities of Ribadesella, Llanes, and Santillana del Mar. Enjoy a guided walking tour in each town and have some free time in Llanes.  Meet your guide at a conveniently-located point in Oviedo and hop aboard a comfortable and spacious bus. Take in the scenery on the drive to Ribadesella while relaxing in a climate-controlled setting. Arrive in Ribadesella and immerse yourself in the history and tradition of this town a guided tour of the historic center and the Portiellu neighborhood. Stroll down picturesque streets to admire sights like the Hermitage of the Guide, where the patron saint of sailors rests.  Take in a jewel of the Asturian Renaissance at the Palace of Pietro Cutre, the Casa Ardines, and the Palacio de la Atalaya. Soak up some stunning views of Ribadesella and the Bay of Biscay. Continue to Llanes, one of the most popular summer destinations in Asturias. Follow your guide on a tour past its Casino and 13th-century tower. Go by the Palace of the Dukes of Estrada and the Gates of Llanes. See the Parres Sobrino square, which was a shooting location for the film “El Orfanato.” Have some free time to continue exploring your own before heading to Santillana del Mar, one of the places that you cannot miss if you are in Cantabria. Walk through its alleys on a guided tour. Get advice on where to get lunch and shop from your guide.  Immerse yourself Santillana del Mar as you see its quaint the Town Hall, the Palace, the House of the Marquis of Santillana, and the Archduchess Margarita of Austria. Return to your meeting point in Oviedo at the end of your tour. 

Oviedo: Taramundi, Mazonovo, and Os Teixois Mills Day Trip

4. Oviedo: Taramundi, Mazonovo, and Os Teixois Mills Day Trip

Asturias is one of the most beautiful places in the north of Spain. A region considered to be paradise, its mountain villages are authentic pearls. To the west of the Principality is Taramundi, right next to the border with Lugo. A fairytale place where time seems to have stopped. Departing from Oviedo, and making a stop in Gijón, we will go to this wonderful town. You must be ready to be amazed by the beauty of the natural and traditional, in the middle of the Biosphere. As soon as we arrive at Taramundi, we will discover one of its most traditional practices. You should know that this Asturian town is considered an Area of Craft Interest, so the experience in the area would not be complete if we did not know the importance that the razor and knife workshops have had. Practices that you will love to know and will leave you impressed. In addition, we will also have the option to visit one of its famous cheese factories. Because aside from the traditional, Taramundi cheese has managed to value the old ways of making this food. And that is where the charm of knowing the place where its different varieties are made lies. A pleasant visit thanks to which you will get closer to the most traditional side of the area. Once we have entered the Water Route, which is the best known in the region, we are going to immerse ourselves in a place full of charm and nature where we will have the opportunity to see how water was worked and used in area. During the journey we will stop at the famous Mazonovo Mills, between the Turia and Cabreira rivers. It may seem strange, but at this point there is a unique museum in all of Spain. Specifically, the largest center of mills in the entire country. In total, there are 19 windmills that you will be able to see, with eight manual ones, 6 hydraulic ones, three for children and two special ones. As you can see, the activity is also intended for the entertainment of the little ones. After passing through the well-known Salgueira waterfall and other natural treasures in the area, we will arrive at the town of As Veigas, the furthest on the Water Route. A magical place surrounded by the Asturian natural green and its lush forests. Once the visit to this town is over, we will head to the Molinos de Os Teixos. A set of hydraulic constructions that maintain their natural charm and that were recovered to show everyone the importance of the traditional in the area. Here we will get to know in detail the complex of the Os Teixos Mills, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest. In love to the bars with a wonderful and incredible area of western Asturias.

Oviedo: Canoe Tour on the Nalón River with Picnic

5. Oviedo: Canoe Tour on the Nalón River with Picnic

Canoeing down the Nalón River is a fun canoeing down a stretch of the Nalón River between the towns of Las Caldas and Trubia in Oviedo, ideal for lovers of water sports. It is a canoe descent in an area with a lot of flow and variation, with around 6 rapids, wave areas and tame areas that will make the most adventurous an experience full of adrenaline. The descent is always carried out with a monitor to teach you how to handle the canoe, direct yourself in each rapid and give you security throughout the journey. At the end, transfer you to the beginning where you can change in our changing rooms

From Santiago: 5-Day Private Tour of Northern Spain

6. From Santiago: 5-Day Private Tour of Northern Spain

Day 1: Santiago de Compostela Your local guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you on a 4-hour visit of Santiago de Compostela, including the cathedral. Enjoy free time for lunch before the driver will picks you up and leads you for a visit to the Costa da Morte on the Galician coast. Stay overnight at your hotel. Day 2: From Santiago to Oviedo Your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Santiago de Compostela and drive you towards Oviedo. On your way, discover the coastal regions of Galicia and Asturias, including the As Catedrais beach, Ribadeo, Mirador La Regalina observation deck, and the Lighthouse Cabo Vidio. Enjoy a lunch break in Cudillero. After lunch, drive to Oviedo where you will meet with your local guide and enjoy a guided visit to its old town. Sleep in Oviedo Day 3: From Oviedo to Santander Your driver will pick up you up at your hotel in Oviedo and drive you towards Santander. On the way, stop to visit the Holy Cave of Covadonga and basilica followed by a lunch break in Llanes. Take a scenic drive through San Vicente de la Barquera and stop in Comillas to enjoy a guided visit to the El Capricho de Gaudí. Sleep in Santander. Day 4: Santander and Santillana del Mar Your guide will pick you up at your hotel to show you the nice city of Santander and its bay on a 3-hour tour. Take a lunch break in Santander, after which you will go to one of the nicest villages in Spain, Santillana del Mar. Enjoy some time to walk around and visit the Neo-Cave of Altamira in the Altamira Museum. Day 5: Santander to Bilbao Your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Santander and drive you towards Bilbao. Meet with your local guide and enjoy a guided tour of the city and a 4-hour visit to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Take a lunch break in Bilbao and have free time to visit the so-called "Hanging Bridge" linking Portugalete and Las Arenas. The final drop-off will be at your hotel in Bilbao where the tour will end.

From Gijón: Taramundi, Mazonovo & Os Teixos Mills Tour

7. From Gijón: Taramundi, Mazonovo & Os Teixos Mills Tour

Asturias is one of the most beautiful places in the north of Spain. A region considered to be paradise, its mountain villages are authentic pearls. To the west of the Principality is Taramundi, right next to the border with Lugo. A fairytale place where time seems to have stopped. Departing from Oviedo, and making a stop in Gijón, we will go to this wonderful town. You must be ready to be amazed by the beauty of the natural and traditional, in the middle of the Biosphere. As soon as we arrive at Taramundi, we will discover one of its most traditional practices. You should know that this Asturian town is considered an Area of Craft Interest, so the experience in the area would not be complete if we did not know the importance that the razor and knife workshops have had. Practices that you will love to know and will leave you impressed. In addition, we will also have the option to visit one of its famous cheese factories. Because aside from the traditional, Taramundi cheese has managed to value the old ways of making this food. And that is where the charm of knowing the place where its different varieties are made lies. A pleasant visit thanks to which you will get closer to the most traditional side of the area. Once we have entered the Water Route, which is the best known in the region, we are going to immerse ourselves in a place full of charm and nature where we will have the opportunity to see how water was worked and used in area. During the journey we will stop at the famous Mazonovo Mills, between the Turia and Cabreira rivers. It may seem strange, but at this point there is a unique museum in all of Spain. Specifically, the largest center of mills in the entire country. In total, there are 19 windmills that you will be able to see, with eight manual ones, 6 hydraulic ones, three for children and two special ones. As you can see, the activity is also intended for the entertainment of the little ones. After passing through the well-known Salgueira waterfall and other natural treasures in the area, we will arrive at the town of As Veigas, the furthest on the Water Route. A magical place surrounded by the Asturian natural green and its lush forests. Once the visit to this town is over, we will head to the Molinos de Os Teixos. A set of hydraulic constructions that maintain their natural charm and that were recovered to show everyone the importance of the traditional in the area. Here we will get to know in detail the complex of the Os Teixos Mills, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest. In love to the bars with a wonderful and incredible area of western Asturias.

Cudillero: Guided Day Trip of the Cantabrian Coastline

8. Cudillero: Guided Day Trip of the Cantabrian Coastline

We will make two walks through the municipality of Cudillero that will take us to discover the wonders and recesses of the area. Through the fishing paths we will reach the Vidio Lighthouse from which we will see the highest cliffs in Asturias. We will continue skirting the coast until we reach the most beautiful beach in Asturias, Playa del Silencio, where you can get your feet wet and take a walk among its polished colored rocks. We arrive at Cudillero, an old whaling village, through the northern road to see the town of multicolored houses built on a mountain side as an amphitheater overlooking its port, where we will meet customs related to the sea and fishing and for the lunch time, we will be arriving to Avilés, a beautiful fishing port

From Oviedo: Half-Day Camino de Santiago Hike

9. From Oviedo: Half-Day Camino de Santiago Hike

Experience part of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route on this half-day tour. Start your tour at the Cathedral of Oviedo, a very important visiting point for pilgrims where you will learn more about the roots of the Camino de Santiago and Primitivo and the role that the Asturian kings and Oviedo played. The first part of the route leads through Oviedo city center and its outskirts. Here, learn more about Asturian culture and gastronomy before entering the beautiful Asturian countryside. You can stamp your pilgrim passport (which you'll receive at the start of the tour) in chapels and bars along the way. Follow the road through small villages along the original, hilly route that hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have taken in previous centuries. Stop along the way to sample some delicious typical Asturian snacks. The tour guide will lead you and tell you about the Camino and Asturias, but there is ample opportunity to enjoy the landscape in silence and meet fellow pilgrims in order to get a real taste of the Camino.

Oviedo: Urban Outdoor Escape Room Game

10. Oviedo: Urban Outdoor Escape Room Game

Become the protagonist of your own adventure as you race around the streets of Oviedo in an outdoor escape game. Choose between two challenges and receive both a physical box and a digital app to help guide you through landmarks such as Plaza de la Catedral and Plaza del Fontán. Before your adventure, receive a physical box posted to your address that contains reports, maps, photographs, and letters. Download the digital app and discover videos, games, clues, and information about Oviedo's landmarks. Combine the app and physical materials to solve the mystery. Explore landmarks such as Plaza de la Catedral, where you can admire the Baroque architecture of Oviedo Cathedral. Stroll through Plaza del Fontán to meet local market vendors or stop for a cider. You will also discover monuments dedicated to icons such as Mafalda, La Regenta, and Woody Allen. You can choose between two different options: Masked MurdererInvestigate the identity of a serial killer who has killed several young women, broadcasting the murders on social media and moving their bodies to well-known places in Oviedo. The Spear of DestinyGet hold of the Spear of Destiny before it falls into enemy hands. Through a telegram sent between two collaborators of Nazi Germany, historian Sarah Levi has traced the Spear of Destiny — with which the Romans killed Jesus Christ on the cross, to Oviedo. Now it's your job to locate it.

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What people are saying about Oviedo

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 41 reviews

Al final no pudimos ir a esta porque ese día temprano me encontré mal y avisé.Me la cambiaron por la de Luarca ,Cadavedo ,Cudilllero y Avilés .Sensacional el paisaje y muy bien nuestro guía Miguel.

Make sure to check if the tour will be offered in English. I used Google Translate in transcript mode. The tour was very good, even with the language issue.

Preciosa excursión.Las vistas de Covadonga desde lo alto de los picos de Europa .Los lagos son muy bonitos .

Excellent tour value. Both the driver Juan Carlos and the guide Martha were excellent.

It was a gorgeous ride into various small villages. Loved it!