Located midway along Spain’s spectacular northern coastline, a car hire from Oviedo is the best way to savour the beautiful Asturias province, whether for business or pleasure. The city is also the ideal base from which to explore the bordering regions of Galicia, Cantabria, Castile and León. Oviedo was one of the few places in Spain to avoid invasion by the Moors over a thousand years ago and today it’s best known for the fine collection of Pre-Romanesque buildings erected in the 8th-10th centuries. Classified as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998, the pedestrianised old quarter is a highlight for visitors with many key attractions, most notably the city’s magnificent cathedral founded in 781 AD. King Alfonso II himself commisioned the nearby Iglesia San Julián de los Prados (Spain’s largest Pre-Romanesque church) between 791 and 842, while the delightful rectangular church of Santa Maria del Naranco to the north was originally built as a summer palace for King Ramiro I of Aragon in the 9th century prior to its conversion as a church between 905 and 1065. Oviedo’s key cultural attractions include the Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts) and the Museo Arqueológico, home to a very impressive collection of rare prehistoric, Roman and Romanesque treasures unearthed in and around the city. Oviedo is also on the ancient pilgrim’s route known as the Camino Primitivo which starts from Oviedo before heading west across the Asturias to Lugo in Galicia and then south to Santiago de Compostela. For a hearty meal, try the tasty chick-pea stew with salted cod and spinach called el pote de antruxo, washed down with some locally-made cider in one of the town’s many sidrerías (cider bars). Once the city has been fully explored, it’s time to discover the surrounding Asturias landscape, a collage of plunging river valleys and lush green meadows dotted with picturesque fishing villages. A prominent feature of this uniquely spectacular terrain are the Picos de Europa (Peaks of Europe) where large numbers of wild bears and wolves roam free among the imposing limestone peaks. The area is also home to one of the world’s deepest caves known locally as Torca del Cerro which plunges to a depth of some 5,000 feet. And if you have time to travel further afield, you definitely shouldn’t miss Bilbao’s world-famous Guggenheim Museum with its vast collection of modern and contemporary art, as well as San Sebastian’s magnificent Aquarium, one of the most impressive marine attractions in southern Europe. Car rental in Oviedo with Auto Europe also provides good access to other prime locations in northern Spain, including the Pyrenees mountain region and Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Oviedo is a year-round destination with cool air coming off the mountains and Atlantic Ocean in summer, while late spring and early autumn are also perfect for sightseeing with many warm, sunny days and temperatures fluctuating between 15 and 20ºC. Winters can be wet and unpredictable with low temperatures and the occasional flurry of snow.
Please see our Spain driving guide for more information about getting around the Asturias region of northern Spain in order to make the most of your car hire in Oviedo.
The quickest and easiest route from the airport to Oviedo is along the A-8 motorway in the direction of Gijón before heading south along the A-66. Downtown Oviedo is best explored on foot because the historic centre is very old with narrow streets, meaning that parking spaces are few and far between. Nevertheless, there are plenty of car parks surrounding the city centre, particularly in the vicinity of the bus and railway stations. Be aware that Oviedo (and the whole of the Asturias region) gets very busy in July and August, so parking spaces are more difficult to find in high summer and getting around by car can be slower than at other times of the year.
Nestled along the southern stretches of the Bay of Biscay, Oviedo and the surrounding Asturias region boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the whole of northern Spain. If variety is the spice of life, then the dramatic landscape of Oviedo is a dream come true with snow-capped peaks overlooking vast swathes of fertile, emerald-green pastures. And it’s always good to know that the Atlantic is never far away, because this part of the ocean is embroidered by some of best beaches in the Iberian Peninsula, such as Playa de Silencio with its dramatic rock formations just a short drive west of Oviedo Airport.
Asturias Airport is located in the town of Castrillón, 15 km (9 miles) from Aviles, 40 km (25 miles) from Gijón and 47 km (29 miles) from Oviedo. To reach Oviedo from the airport, take the A-8 motorway in the direction of Gijón and then the A-66 south to Oviedo. The journey takes around 30 minutes.
Official Name: Asturias Airport (OVD)
Website: Oviedo Airport
Address: Aeropuerto de Asturias. 33459 Santiago del Monte, Castrillón
Telephone: +34 91 321 10 00
Local bus company CTA operates regular services between the airport and Oviedo city centre from early morning until late at night. The journey takes 40 minutes and the bus stop is just beyond the taxi rank as you come out of the Oviedo Airport arrivals hall. In Oviedo, the local buses (Autobuses Urbanos de Oviedo) are generally reliable with information about their arrival times provided on a screen at every bus stop.