Tazones – the Historic-Artistic Complex

Tazones is a parish and a town of the municipality of Villaviciosa (Asturias, Spain). It is known for being the landing place of Carlos I in 1517 and for its architecture and location.

Since 2019 the city has been a part of the network The most beautiful towns in Spain.

The city is a popular part of the Costa Verde of the Atlantic resorts of Spain.

Tourism and main attractions

Tazones is made up of two neighborhoods, divided by the local road that connects the town with Villaviciosa, capital of the council: San Roque and San Miguel. The boundary of the Historic Complex occupies the area between the coastline, from Punta de la Mesnada to Punta de Tazones and the crest lines of the La Atalaya and Villar mountains, up to the junction point of the Tazones highway with the Gijón – Villaviciosa highway.

The neighborhoods of San Miguel and San Roque have been declared “Historic-Artistic Complex” since June 17, 1991.

Tazones has a beach where you can see Jurassic dinosaur footprints.

It also has one of the 18 fishing ports in Asturias, belonging to the 3rd Lastres captaincy, where small boats dedicated to inshore fishing and a fish market dock.

The town is situated between two large rocks, and its houses, with one or two floors, are arranged in a staggered fashion.

The port of Tazones currently stands out for its fishing and tourist activity, but, in the past, this fishing village lived off the whale hunt.

The parish church of Tazones is located in the San Miguel neighborhood and dates from 1950. The primitive church of this parish located then in the San Roque neighborhood was burned in 1936 during the civil war.

The image of Niño Manolín (the oldest in the world) is the only thing, along with a crucifix, that is preserved from the first church.

The rest of the figures were acquired in 1950 for the reopening, highlighting among others the images of San Roque, the Virgin of Covadonga, the Sacred Heart, Saint Antonio and the two angels of the Virgin of the Rosary.

House of the Shells (Casa de las Conchas), in the San Roque neighborhood, is a house with a facade completely covered with shells of different shapes, sizes and colors.

El Faro de Tazones is located in the village of Villar, parish of Tazones. In operation since 1864 and electrified in 1928, it is one of the best preserved on the Asturian coastline.

In 1953 a siren was installed. It is located in Punta del Olivo or de las Ariceras, at a height of 127 meters above sea level and 11 above the ground, in a landscaped area of 2000 square meters.

How to get to?

From Oviedo 44 min (52.9 km) via A-64

From Gijón 30 min (28.4 km) via A-8

From Madrid 4 hr 46 min (484 km) via A-6

Main information

Area:  3,5 km² (municipality)

Coordinates: 43°32′45″N 5°23′58″W

Population: 197

Languages: Spanish, Asturian

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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