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:
“Woody Allen” – by Vicente Menéndez Santarúa
“Malfada” – by Pablo Irrgang
(the only coloured sculpture in Oviedo!)
“Sabino Fernandez Campo” by Jose Luis Martinez Alvarez
“Maternidad” (a.k.a. “La Gorda Botero”) – by Fernando Botero
“Rufo” – by Sara Iglesias Poli
(this was a local homeless dog that everybody in Oviedo loved)
“Asturcones” – by Manuel Valdés Blasco
“Esperanza Caminando” – by Julio Lopez Hernandez
“La Bailarina” – by Santiago de Santiago
“El Diestro” – by Miguel Berrocal
“Culis Monumentalibus” – by Eduardo Urculo
(a.k.a. the big buttocks, haha)
“La Regenta” – by Mauro Álvarez Fernández
(based on a novel by Leopoldo Alas Clarín)
“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)
“Cute San Juan” – by Pilar Fernández Carballedo
(not the official name – heehee)
“Las Vendedoras del Fontan” – by Amado González Hevia
“La Lechera” – by Manuel Garcia Linares
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)
Of course, there are many, many more works to discover.
Let me know which of these sculptures in Oviedo you liked best!
Want to discover more sculptures in Oviedo? Here are some great sites mentioning some of the works:
- Walking Tours in Oviedo, Spain [gpsmycity.com]
- Soooo Many Sculptures & Statues in Oviedo, Spain [ourworldforyou.com]
- From Oviedo with Love [youngadventuress.com]
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.