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Plaza de España

Wander around this beautiful plaza to discover some of Oviedo’s most important government buildings, as well as greenery and public art.  

As one of Oviedo’s most important squares, Plaza de España should be on every visitor’s itinerary. Uncover its history and the beauty of the nearby park and other relaxing spaces as you take a break in this lovely spot. 

Take a seat on a bench next to the fountain in the middle of the square to watch the hustle and bustle of government officials, tourists and local residents as they go about their daily lives. Find some shade on a sunny day under one of the towering trees surrounded by shrubbery and soft grass. Appreciate the different styles of architecture that surround the square.

Today, the area houses government delegations and space for some of the government councils. This wasn’t always the case, however. Look toward San Francisco Street to see where an old hospital and asylum used to sit. The building was completely demolished after the 1936 siege of Oviedo, and in its place is the urbanized area you see today. 

Plaza España was meant to be modeled after the Spanish imperial squares, but at its completion in 1970, it was less ornate than had been planned. Notice the gray buildings and stark design. This is characteristic of Spanish 1970s architecture and less like that of the postwar period. 

History lovers will be fascinated by some of the public artwork still standing in Plaza de España. Walk up the stairs to the entrance of the square from San Francisco Park and you’ll see a statue of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. It is one of the last remaining statues of him and has been subject to graffiti and vandalism over the years.  

Explore Plaza de España on foot. Only then will you be able to criss-cross through the pathways and really take in the culture and history to be found here. If you prefer to drive to access the square, there is metered parking available nearby. While the plaza is not a long sightseeing stop in and of itself, its connection to San Francisco Park means you can do both in one day.


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Eurostars Palacio de Cristal £62
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Eurostars Palacio de Cristal

Calle Policarpo Herrero, s/n, Oviedo, Asturias
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in El Cristo y Buenavista, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Central Asturias Hospital, Auditorium - Palace of Congress Principe Felipe and Plaza de Espana. Campo de San Francisco and Carlos Tartiere Stadium are also within 1 mile (2 km). Oviedo Station is 17 minutes by foot.

    Princesa Munia Hotel & Spa £60
    Princesa Munia Hotel & Spa

    Princesa Munia Hotel & Spa

    C/ Fruela 6, Oviedo, Asturias
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is steps away from Plaza de la Escandalera, Church of San Isidoro and Oviedo City Hall. Constitution Plaza and El Fontan Market are also within 5 minutes. Oviedo Station is 10 minutes by foot.

      Hotel Silken Monumental Naranco £51
      Hotel Silken Monumental Naranco

      Hotel Silken Monumental Naranco

      Calle de Marcelino Suarez, 29, Oviedo, Asturias
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Las Campas y San Claudio, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hospital Monte Naranco, Calle Uria and Carlos Tartiere Stadium. University of Central Asturias Hospital and Plaza de Espana are also within 15 minutes. Oviedo Station is 11 minutes by foot.

        Aparthotel Campus £53
        Aparthotel Campus

        Aparthotel Campus

        Calle Fernando Vela, 13, Oviedo, Asturias
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in La Corredoria y Ventanielles, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oviedo Cathedral and Camara Santa de Oviedo. Museum of Fine Arts and University of Central Asturias Hospital are also within 3 mi (5 km). Oviedo Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          Ayre Hotel Ramiro I £41
          Ayre Hotel Ramiro I

          Ayre Hotel Ramiro I

          Calle Federico Garcia Lorca, 13, Oviedo, Asturias
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Centro y casco histórico, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Auditorium - Palace of Congress Principe Felipe, Plaza de Espana and Campo de San Francisco. Plaza de la Escandalera and Calle Uria are also within 10 minutes. Oviedo Station is 15 minutes by foot.

            Barceló Oviedo Cervantes £71
            Barceló Oviedo Cervantes

            Barceló Oviedo Cervantes

            C/Cervantes, nº 13, Oviedo, Asturias
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Oviedo City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Calle Uria, Woody Allen Statue and Culis Monumentalibus. Campoamor Theater and University of Oviedo are also within 15 minutes. Oviedo Station is 6 minutes by foot.

              AC Hotel Oviedo Forum by Marriott £67
              AC Hotel Oviedo Forum by Marriott

              AC Hotel Oviedo Forum by Marriott

              Plaza de los Ferroviarios, 1, Oviedo, Asturias
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Las Campas y San Claudio, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Calle Uria, Mafalda Statue and Woody Allen Statue. Culis Monumentalibus and Campo de San Francisco are also within 15 minutes. Oviedo Station is only a 5-minute walk.

                NH Oviedo Principado £63
                NH Oviedo Principado

                NH Oviedo Principado

                Calle San Francisco, 6, Oviedo, Asturias
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps away from University of Oviedo, Plaza de la Escandalera and Plaza de Porlier. Campoamor Theater and Culis Monumentalibus are also within 5 minutes. Oviedo Station is 10 minutes by foot.