Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered!

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester
Walk through the old town of Oviedo and discover the hundreds of sculptures that are scattered around!

My visit to Oviedo in Spain last weekend was surprising, to say the least. With low expectations, I travelled to this old city in the North of Spain and let myself be guided around from early morning to late in the night to discover there is a lot more to this little place than you would perhaps guess…

The heart of Oviedo lies in the Old Quarter, where you’re literally surrounded by history and almost feel like you’ve just stepped back in time. Due to careful restaurations, the layout of the streets has remained practically unaltered since medieval times and the buildings are a mix of 16-19th century baroque style pieces of architecture. Just have a look at some of the amazing doors and windows that I spotted here!

The only sign that Oviedo is, besides very traditional, also a modern city is because of the amount of amazing restaurants… and hundreds of sculptures in different shapes and sizes that line the streets.

Sculpture Trail in Oviedo

Oviedo is an incredible easy city to navigate in and because most of the center is a pedestrian zone, you can spend hours walking through the narrow cobblestone streets.

The pavements and walkways have been widened and the street furniture really shines: from multi-armed cast iron street lamps to large flowerbeds that make the city look well-cared for. It’s also one of the cleanest cities in Spain, did you know that?!

Over the past few years, the city also kept adding artworks to her streets, so almost at every corner you can now admire a sculpture by another artist. It’s hard to get bored here, because there is just too much to see. Oviedo truly is one big open-air museum!

Here are some of the works that we walked past:

 

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

“Woody Allen” – by Vicente Menéndez Santarúa

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

“Malfada” – by Pablo Irrgang

(the only coloured sculpture in Oviedo!)

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

“Sabino Fernandez Campo” by Jose Luis Martinez Alvarez

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

“Maternidad” (a.k.a. “La Gorda Botero”) – by Fernando Botero

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

“Rufo” – by Sara Iglesias Poli

(this was a local homeless dog that everybody in Oviedo loved)

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

“Asturcones” – by Manuel Valdés Blasco

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

“Esperanza Caminando” – by Julio Lopez Hernandez

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

“La Bailarina” – by Santiago de Santiago

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

“El Diestro” – by Miguel Berrocal

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

“Culis Monumentalibus” – by Eduardo Urculo

(a.k.a. the big buttocks, haha)

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

“La Regenta” – by Mauro Álvarez Fernández

(based on a novel by Leopoldo Alas Clarín)

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

“El Regreso de Williams B. Arrensberg” (a.k.a. “The Traveller”) – by Eduardo Urculo
(This is a fictional character, but lots of people thought he was real)

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

“Cute San Juan” – by Pilar Fernández Carballedo

(not the official name – heehee)

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

“Las Vendedoras del Fontan” – by Amado González Hevia

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

“La Lechera” – by Manuel Garcia Linares

Art in Oviedo Spain: Hundreds of Sculptures Waiting to be Discovered! || The Travel Tester

My wonderful tour guide Noelia!

Make sure to visit her website and book a tour with Noelia (fluent English & Spanish) or her husband (fluent Spanish & bit of English)

www.guiasturisticosasturias.com

 

 

 

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Of course, there are many, many more works to discover.

Let me know which of these sculptures in Oviedo you liked best!

 

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Disclaimer: I visited Oviedo as part of the #SpainCities Blogger Campaign organised by Traverse Events and the Spain Tourism Board. All photos are my own.

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  • Really enjoyed your post, it brought back memories of when we were in Oviedo last year. It is amazing how many statues & sculptures one city can have, did you get a chance to enjoy the Sidrerias?

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