What to see in Villaviciosa and Tazones, one of the most beautiful towns in Asturias

Villaviciosa is a council of Asturias located next to the Cantabrian Sea where some of the most interesting places to visit in Asturias are located.

The capital of the council is Villaviciosa itself, which has a very interesting and very monumental historic center, but probably the most beautiful and well-known place in the council is Tazones, located by the sea and whose visit is essential.

In this article we are going to talk about the best places to see in Villaviciosa and Tazones in a route that we recommend taking by car.

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Tazones was one of the main whaling ports in the past and currently retains that seafaring spirit with its beautiful houses and balconies, the fish market, the small port and the many restaurants where you can taste very special seafood.

At the entrance to Tazones there is a car park where you can leave your car but you should not be alarmed because the distance to travel to the port is small and you can do it perfectly while admiring the typical architecture of the town.

Tazones is a very small town, with just over 250 inhabitants, formed by the neighborhoods of San Roque and San Miguel and also declared a Historic-Artistic Site. In addition to its beautiful beach, where Jurassic dinosaur footprints remain, its port, the Casa de las Conchas, the Parish Church and the Lighthouse stand out.

Villaviciosa and its historic center

About 10 km from Tazones, traveling inland, leaving the sea behind, we find Villaviciosa, one of the most beautiful towns to visit in Asturias thanks to its historic center and the monuments found there.

Villaviciosa, which dates back to the 13th century, is an important point on the Camino de Santiago and among the points of interest it has are the remains of the old wall and its typical mansions with coats of arms.

The tour of Villaviciosa can begin in the Plaza de Obdulio Fernández, where the Church of Santa María de la Oliva is located, a Romanesque temple dating from the year 1270, and the Teatro Riera, one of the best things to see in Villaviciosa. If you continue walking along Calle del Agua you will enjoy interesting houses and palaces that will surprise you.

Further on is the Plaza de Carlos I and Calle Valle Ballina y Fernández, where we can admire the Ateneo de Villaviciosa and the Town Hall, located in the square of the same name.

Behind the Town Hall is the Ballina Park, the best green space to see in Villaviciosa, where you can relax after your walk and enjoy the sculptures found there.

The Monastery of Santa María de Valdediós and the Church of San Salvador

If you thought that after visiting Tazones and Villaviciosa you had already seen everything, you were wrong. You still have very interesting places to visit in Villaviciosa and for this we are going to head further inland to the Monastery of Santa María de Valdediós, one of the essentials in the council of Villaviciosa.

Next to the monastery, although not attached to it, is the Church of San Salvador de Valdediós, an authentic Asturian Romanesque jewel also known by the locals as El Conventín. This fantastic church was built in the 9th century by order of Alfonso III and is currently in an excellent state of preservation, being one of the most historically relevant monuments in Spain.

The Monastery of Santa María de Valdediós is another historical jewel of Asturias. It was founded in the year 1200 by King Alfonso IX of León and Queen Berenguela of Castile and we must highlight the Church of Santa María and the impressive Renaissance cloister that make this place a special enclave.

You can find more information on the official Villaviciosa tourism page.

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