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Historic city center
The preconceived image of this great town, even for many Asturian people, is that of a declining industrial city. The presence of industrial areas all around the city is quite clear, but the hidden treasure of the town is in the huge monumental heritage and in a historic city centre that makes us fall in love by taking us to another period of time.

The “old town of Avilés” blends in with the contemporary area in a unique way all along the Bay of Biscay. The environmental recovery of its river, with the transformation of its more visible part thanks to the work of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, and the important reconstruction of the city centre, allow one enjoy the splendour of its architecture and the beauty of the environment over the industrial area.

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Imagen - Casco Histórico
A new Avilés welcomes the visitors causing them to forget these preconceived images. Walking around the town centre becomes one of the most  pleasantly surprising visits in Asturias, it is a real pleasure. Not in vain, the city has recently celebrated its thousand years of existence and we can see its rich past everywhere. The architectonical heritage of the “Villa del Adelantado” –this name was given to the city in honour of Pedro Menéndez,  a famous conqueror from Avilés– is a mixture of styles and historical periods. As it is a town with a large commercial and port tradition, there were many noblemen living here in the Middle and Modern Ages, building big houses and palaces. From the 12th century, the economic and vital peak of the city was embodied in a series of architectonical buildings, some of them now gone, such as the walls, and others very well preserved, after major reconstruction to recover all their splendour. Some of the most representative buildings of the city have been merging with the new cultural infrastructures. That is why Avilés has a dynamic environment full of private and public initiatives.

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The best way to enjoy its streets is to go on foot. The whole historic city centre can be nicely and peacefully covered. Rivero and Galiana streets are really famous; they were previously used as a shelter for hawking. We will soon discover that the city centre has a very nice, singular and valuable route. The fishing village is also worth visiting, with the old and the new Sabugo Churches, St. Tomas of Canterbury, the Balsera Palace (now the Music Palace), the Maqua Palace, the Ferrera Palace (now a five-star hotel), the Llano Ponte Palace (now a cinema), the fountains of Rivero and San Francisco, the Church of San Nicolás de Bari, the Plaza Hermanos Orbón (now location for weekly market) and the Plaza de España, crossing the streets of La Fruta, La Ferrería, San Francisco or Rivero, to arrive to Ferrera Park, the real green lung of the city with more than 82,000 m2 and the French Garden.

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Imagen - Casco Histórico
Visiting the church of the Franciscan priests and the Chapel of Los Alas is a must. The first one is the oldest religious building in the town, built between the 12th and 13th century, with an interesting Romanesque doorway. The second was built in the 14th century and it is a medieval architectural jewel.

At the Parque del Muelle we will find one of the most well-known sculptures in Avilés. It represents the figure of the sailor Pedro Menéndez, founder of the first city in the United States (Saint Agustin, Florida), twinned with Avilés. In this park we can also find the sculpture of The Seal, in honour of the sociable animal which arrived to Avilés in 1950 and amused the neighbours for a long time. Its top representation is found in the fishing area of Sabugo, with the sculpture of The Monster. This figure also has a picture at the Prado Museum.


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