Madrid to Oviedo
Travel from Madrid to Oviedo is easy by train from Madrid Atocha Station. There are no high-speed trains to Oviedo but there are generally two trains per day connecting Madrid to Oviedo Station. The service is on Alvia trains with journeys taking around 5 hours and 30 minutes. And because Oviedo Station is close to the city centre, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the city in no time.
If you’d rather drive from Madrid to Oviedo with the convenience of your own car, see our Madrid Atocha car rental guides. Many car hire suppliers also offer one-way rentals within Spain, which is worth considering if you’d rather start and finish your trip in a different location.
Best in Oviedo Travel
Oviedo is the capital of the Oviedo province and the Asturias region in northern Spain. It’s located 30kms from the coast and features an attractive and compact Old Town (or Casco Antiguo). Many of the city’s best attractions are here. Highlights include the cathedral, university and San Isidoro Church. There are also some lovely squares such as Plaza de la Constitucion, which is where the attractive Town Hall is. The cathedral is a national monument. Santa Maria del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo just north of the city are two other important churches. They, along with the cathedral and other historic monuments in the city have been given UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Oviedo also boasts a couple of great museums: the Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeological Museum. They’re both located in the Old Town.
For a bit of contrast, Oviedo’s convention centre is a fabulous contemporary building designed by Santiago Calatrava. It’s located about a kilometre west of the Old Town and features a shopping mall.
Best beyond Oviedo
Oviedo lies at the heart of the Asturias region. As such, it makes a good base for further travels in the surrounding area. The coast forms part of Spain’s Costa Verde (or Green Coast in English). It’s a stunning stretch of coast featuring dramatic cliffs, secluded coves, lovely beaches and lots of green care of forests and meadows. Gijon is the best choice offering a good mix of city and beach life. The towns of Villaviciosa, Nueva, Colunga, Cudillero and Llanes also have some great beaches. One of the most noteworthy and unusual beaches in the region is Playa de Gulpiyuri about halfway between Llanes and Ribadesella. The beach is unusual because it’s entirely enclosed by land with the sea reaching it through a series of underground tunnels.
Inland, the Somiedo Nature Reserve and Muniellos Biological Reserve are two of the best places to enjoy the wealth and diversity of the region’s natural landscapes.
50kms northwest of Oviedo, Asturias Airport is the nearest airport. In addition to a number of domestic routes, it also operates regular flights to/from London and Paris. Along with Oviedo Station, the airport also has a good selection of car hire and may be a good place to return a car hire if you’re ending your trip in here.