The Spanish city of Avilés in the north-western province of Asturias, is steeped in history and architectural gems just waiting to be discovered. A former maritime and farming town, the scenic city of Avilés is now one of the country’s most important industrial centres.
The city centre remains stylish and easy to navigate, with plenty of high street stores, pretty cafes and a number of museums and galleries to visit, while the Old Town quarter is Aviles’ finest feature.[ReadMoreMob]
Largely pedestrianised, the Old Town consists of several historic squares and plazas, interlinked by a series of pretty boulevards from centuries past. The collection of stunning historic buildings includes the Camposagrado Palace, the Palacio de Valdecarzana – Avilés’ sole example of civil medieval architecture – plus a number of outstanding Gothic churches such as San Nicolás and San Francisco.
Traditional Asturias Cider
Cider is the traditional drink of Asturias and has been produced here using locally grown apples since ancient times. For an authentic experience, head to a sideria (cider house) where you can enjoy a tasting and see the unique way that it’s poured.
Oscar Niemeyer Centre
This ultra-modern cultural centre, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, hosts a broad programme of exhibitions, concerts, plays and more. Its clean, white exterior, accented with red and yellow, can be seen from several sites across the city.
Cruises to Avilés
Exploring Iconic Sites of Croatia & Italy • M2230
- Discover the history & culture of Italy & Croatia
- Explore quaint towns only accessible to smaller ships
- Admire the Bay of Kotor’s fjord-like surroundings