The Essential
Avilés is Asturias' third largest town. This iron- and steel-making centre located away from the coast is well worth a visit for the Oscar Niemeyer Cultural Centre and its old quarter, which is huddled round the town hall square. The houses lining Calle Fruta, Calle Ferrería and Calle Rivera are adorned with escutcheons, arches and several Modernist buildings. The Parque de Ferrera, an elegant formal garden, is a delightful place for a stroll.