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  • Plaza de España square. Avilés

Maritime tradition, mediaeval origins, and perfect for exploring on foot. This is the best way to describe this town in Asturias, whose symbol of modernity is the Niemeyer Cultural Centre.Read more...

What to see The historic centre of Avilés is home to mansions, gardens, fountains, churches and porticoed houses. In fact this is one of the best conserved town centres in northern Spain. A good way to explore it is by strolling along the pedestrian streets of Galiana and Rivero, around the fishermen's quarter, and the squares of Hermanos Orbón and Plaza de España, where you'll see the Town Hall. Other points of interest are the mansions of Valdecarzana and Camposagrado, and the Palacio Valdés theatre. The Niemeyer Centre stands on the other side of the estuary. This space, with its distinctive curved architecture, is dedicated to a range of cultural manifestations, and is the first work by Óscar Niemeyer in Spain. The artist took his inspiration from the post-industrial landscape of this city, which was transformed by arrival of the iron and steel industry. Gastronomy Don't miss traditional regional dishes such as the white bean stew known as 'fabada', or the 'pote' (a hearty soup). The typical drink here is cider, which is also served in an unusual way (poured from a height in a technique known as 'escanciado'). The shellfish is also excellent.

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