Mieres, Asturias, Spain
Mieres is to be found a short distance to the south of Oviedo (the Asturain capital) and is an industrial area noted for its coal mining. Mieres is prosperous and successful and the greater municipality of this semi-industrial area holds approximately 50,000 people.
Away from its industry, Mieres has the river (Caudal) as the original motivation behind its location and although far from being on the Asturian tourist agenda, it does have a number of features to commend it.
Mieres' economic and financial success means that it has museums, cultural centres and a number of restaurants and bars. It also has a good shopping area with the highest density of retailers being on the streets of "Manuel Llaneza" and the "calle La Vega". There is also an indoor market and this is expanded twice every week by outdoor stalls from travelling traders selling everything from trinkets to clothes and fabrics.
Attractions to visit in Mieres
The main tourist hot spots in Mieres are the "cathedral of San Juan de Bautista" and the "Jovellanos Park" although the main square, the "Plaza de Requejo" (or square of cider) is popular and reinforces the Asturian obsession with its provincial beverage (sidra). You can of course find the Sidra bars on Mieres' main plaza which is also a good place to get something to eat once you have had a look around Mieres' old town. Failing this, try the square in front of the council buildings which is another popular haunt with the locals and has bars and cafes.
Two final things to note about Mieres are firstly, the difficulty of getting a parking spot – it is a dense and busy town and parking is a big problem. Secondly, the festival that takes place every year on 24 June. This fiesta sees the lighting of a massive bonfire along with fireworks, food, drink and much merriment. It is a major event in the towns timetable.