To arrive at Santa María del Naranco is to arrive at one of the most emblematic monuments of the Principality of Asturias. Perhaps it is the most beautiful of all the buildings built in those lands during the Late Middle Ages and that make up the Asturian Pre-Romanesque architecture ensemble. Some different and unique works, so much so that they are listed as a World Heritage Site.
Visit Santa María del Naranco
The monument, located on the outskirts of Oviedo, opens its doors every day of the week, except on very specific festive dates. But from Tuesday to Sunday the visits are guided and paid. While on Mondays it can be accessed for free and for free.
Go there one day or another, shortly we are going to tell you how to get to Santa María del Naranco, a building that was part of the palace of the kings of Asturias.
Oviedo and Asturian pre-Romanesque
We have already said that Santa María del Naranco is located in Oviedo, the capital of the Principality of Asturias. In the city you can see some of the greatest jewels of Asturian pre-Romanesque art. In fact, in the heart of the city and forming part of the Cathedral of San Salvador, is the famous Holy Chamber, a must-see in Oviedo.
Generally the visit to this Holy Chamber is the first contact with this type of medieval art and architecture. A first contact that, above all, helps travelers want to know other examples of that exceptional legacy from the 10th century that is preserved in Oviedo. And to satisfy that desire, you have to go to Santa María del Naranco.
Get to Santa María del Naranco by public transport
The monument is part of the municipality of Oviedo and, in fact, it is located just 4 kilometers from the historic center. Let’s take as a reference the popular and commercial Uría street, which all visitors who come to the Asturian capital walk through.
Well, very close to this street is another important and well signposted landmark: the bus station. If we take that direction we will soon find a stop on line A of the urban bus. It is that line that will bring us closer to the foot of Santa María del Naranco in about half an hour.
Get to Santa María del Naranco by private car
If we want to go to Santa María del Naranco in our own car, let’s take the same reference from the bus station. A roundabout and Fundación Príncipe de Asturias avenue opens in front of it. That is our address until we reach Ramiro I Rey street on the right.
You no longer have to leave this curving and ascending street, which later becomes the avenue of the Monuments. In this way we will arrive at the same free parking where the urban buses stop. And from there, a pedestrian path of less than 200 meters leaves us before the gates of Santa María del Naranco.
Get to Santa María del Naranco walking
Given the short distance of about 4 kilometers, another option may be to walk to the monument. It must be taken into account that it is an ascent, since Santa María del Naranco is located on a hill above the city of Oviedo. A climb that can be done following the same route as the car or cutting a curve through the nearest straight streets.
However, the fact that it is an ascent, although very gentle, means that many visitors save the option of walking for their return to the urban center. A more relaxed downhill path, but one that can also whet your appetite and thus enjoy the wonderful Asturian gastronomy.
Two tips for visiting Santa María del Naranco
Upon reaching the parking esplanade where you leave your car or get off the urban bus, you will see an interpretation center of Asturian pre-Romanesque. We recommend your visit in order to have a more complete vision of this peculiar historical and artistic moment.
And another recommendation is that, since we have reached Santa María del Naranco, we should take the opportunity to visit the neighboring temple of San Miguel de Lillo, which is also part of the interesting pre-Romanesque heritage. In addition to having a joint entrance with Santa María del Naranco.
Cover photo: Nextors / Flickr.com