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Where in Spain Wednesday – Avilés, Asturias

I’m afraid it’s a quick post from me as I’m playing tour guide to my parents this week! Here’s my regular Wednesday post from Avilés, Asturias.

aviles-asturias-spain-houses-prettyThese pretty little houses were facing the river, on the opposite side of the bank from the very fancy Cultural Center (so fancy that even Brad Pitt had a hand in creating it!) I love the different-colored buildings with their little balconies poking out to get a glimpse of the winding river.

I’m not sure what the painting at the end is for, but I do know that similar paintings in Barcelona were done if your neighbor suddenly decided to build quite a bit higher. You lost your view, but to compensate, some places gave you a painting of the river so you didn’t entirely miss out on seeing the water. I’m not sure if that’s the case here too, but it’s a funny way to make up for it!

P.S. On the topic of Asturias, a special thanks to the team from Paradores de España, who offered me a very cool opportunity in Asturias. I wasn’t able to make it this time, but I hope I can in the future! Look up the paradores if you want somewhere beautiful and a bit different to stay in Spain.

Besos!

-Jess

 

21 thoughts on “Where in Spain Wednesday – Avilés, Asturias

  1. I try the Parador of Aiguablava (Costa Brava), and I’ll talk about it soon in my blog. The view from its terraces is just GREAT!
    Nice post, would love to visit Asturias!

  2. Stayed in Aviles for a night and find it surprisingly charming!
    Enjoy playing tour guide with tus padres!

  3. Hello. I hope you enjoyed your stay at Avilés. That painting is for the river you saw, as it was at the Middle Ages. It’s still there as you can see in the link above, and there lies the corpse of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, founder of Saint Agustine (Florida) in 1565, the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement in the continental United States.

    As you can see, there are more things than Niemeyer Center in Avilés.

    http://www.vivirasturias.com/asturias/aviles/iglesia-de-los-padres-franciscanos/es
    http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iglesia_de_los_Padres_Franciscanos
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_Men%C3%A9ndez_de_Avil%C3%A9s

    (sorry for my english, as you know we can’t speak it very well)

  4. Avilés is a Great Place. When you are arriving by road it may seem like a modern, industrial and gray city, but it has one of the best “cascos antiguos” (not pretty sure how it is call on English) of Asturias. It’s a really nice place to spend the day.

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