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More of Oviedo in Pictures

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The capital of Asturias is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, and a walk through its streets reveals Oviedo’s 1000-year history, as much as the vibrant, contemporary place it is today. The ancient Pre-Romanesque churches and Baroque palaces are stunning, but we had just as much pleasure photographing the more modern buildings.

Here’s another set of random pictures of Oviedo, taken over the past week. This city is really beautiful.

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El Mercado del Fontán

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The largest market in Oviedo is found in the Plaza del Fontán, which has been home to the city’s food merchants since the mid-16th century. In the middle ages, the plaza was still on the outskirts of the small city, and bordered a small lake filled by natural springs, which gave the plaza its name. The lake is gone but the focus on food remains.

Mercado Fontan

After the lake was drained, a proper market hall was finally built in 1885. With a pale green exterior and oddly shaped arches, the Mercado del Fontán certainly sticks out. It’s not as big as other central markets around Spain, but there’s still plenty to be had.

Stands hawking fresh fish from the Bay of Biscay, including huge bonitos, join those dedicated to meat and vegetables. One of the more popular spots offers fresh milk out of a vending machine, from a nearby farm called Los Caserinos. There’s a restaurant on the upper floor, and a few stands are dedicated entirely to Asturian products. Everything is fresh and looks delicious, making it all too easy to drop a ton of cash here.

Take a look at our pics, and try not to get hungry!

Location on our Oviedo Map

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Restaurante Punto y Coma

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On the recommendation of one of our new Asturian Twitter friends, we chose Punto y Coma for our first big lunch in Oviedo. When we arrived at 14:30, the place was already packed and we were lucky to get a table.

The reason for the restaurant’s popularity was apparent as soon the food was brought out: our first plates were tri-color pasta salad with tuna, and a massive helping of paella. In Spain, lunches are the day’s big meal and we were used to large portions, but this exceeded expectations. Spanish lunch menus always consist of two plates, but I was already full by the time I finished the first!

Still, when my fillet of virrey arrived, served with his eye socket on the side as a macabre decoration, my hunger returned. Juergen had ordered beef, which was slow-cooked and extremely tender. If groans of pleasure are anything to go by, it must have been delicious.

Wine and bread came with the meal, and both dessert and coffee were served afterwards. All for €10 per person. That’s an incredible deal, even without taking into consideration the high quality of the food.

The menú del día changes daily, and we’ll probably be back frequently. We’d like to discover other great spots in Oviedo. If you know some, make sure to share with us, in the comments, Twitter or Facebook!

Restaurante Punto y Coma
Calle Suárez de la Riva, 5
Location on our Oviedo Map
985 202 025
http://www.restaurantepuntoycoma.com/

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