“Thank you Chechu for giving us the opportunity to get to know Oviedo and the surrounding countryside. The flat was quite luxurious, spacious, bright and airy. We really enjoyed being there. It was extremely comfortable and very well equipped with everything we needed and more..Its situation was perfect not only for walking round the city but also for getting out and about. And of course having the garage made it all much easier. Chechu was meticulous about leaving us directions and also left us a very detailed and useful information pack and kept in contact with us in case we needed anything. It was a very enjoyable experience and I would highly recommend a holiday in Oviedo and in Chechu's flat.”
Chechu's reviewsAs a host (14)
“We where in Asturias / Oviedo at Chechu and Jose\'s home. Their home is perfect. It\'s beautiful, confortable, sunny, nice, central, garage . Perfect! And it was so nice to meet with them in France (Pau / Pyrineus) ..... we were both travelling there... it was a great happy hour. We did loved meeting and enjoying life :))) It was an supper exchange, so much interesting!!!! Oviedo is superb with lots of pedestrients streets and a beautiful park 2 minutes from their home. We have travelled to Picos de Europa (famous and beautiful) all of Asturias, it is definitly a swap I would do again and again. whenever you want :))) just tell. Joana”
“Acabamos de pasar una semana en Oviedo. Nos hemos sentido muy a gusto en el piso de nuestros anfitriones. El piso está situado en el centro de Oviedo, tiene parking y es muy espacioso y confortable. Desde aquí nos movimos a pie por toda la ciudad. Los sitios de compras están muy a mano y hay todo tipo de bares y restaurantes donde degustar la riquísima comida asturiana. Las recomendaciones de nuestros anfitriones fueron certeras. Oviedo es además una excelente base de operaciones para conocer Asturias ya que se encuentra en el centro. Desde allí hicimos desplazamientos a los principales puntos de interés como el Sella, los lagos de Covadonga, Garganta del Cares, Picos de Europa, Gijón.... La comunicación con Chechu y Machús fue excelente así como los consejos que nos dieron para sacar partido a nuestra estancia. Nos fuimos de Oviedo con la sensación de que nos habían quedado muchas cosas por ver y que habíamos hecho un intercambio excelente.”
“We have just spent 3 amazing weeks in the Asturias. It is a fantastic place! Oviedo itself is a very classy town – the locals are very friendly and we settled in very quickly and felt part of the city. The surrounding area is paradise with mountains (we went trekking in Covadonga) and beautiful beaches (Lastres, Luanco, Llanes, La Isla). The children loved it as much as the adults. Machús and José’s apartment is wonderful. It is very big and so well located AND it has a garage. It wasn’t a problem not having a terrace as the apartment has huge windows and we spent so much time outside in the public parks. When we were at 'home' there were lots of books and a brilliant selection of music (lots of vinyl!). It was such a perfect exchange – the apartment, the city, the family, the food... we even met up with their friends and they with ours! When we came home our house was just as we left it – perfect exchangers! They are truly warm people and we would thoroughly recommend exchanging with them. Thank you very much José and Machús – we loved everything! It was such a pity we did not meet! But we are sure we WILL! Before we were contacted by José and Machús we had never heard of this area of Spain... now we wouldn’t go anywhere else! THANK YOU!”
“Merveilleux, voilà ce que nous pouvons utiliser comme mot pour résumer notre échange Merveilleux appartement, merveilleuse ville, merveilleux hotes, merveilleuse pèriode, merveilleuse règion! Tout, vraiment tout y ètait pour que les trois jours passés à Oviedo soient innoubliables Nos hotes nous ont vraiment facilitè les vacances, ils ont pensés à tout. Grace à un superbe classeur avec dedans beaucoup de dètails sur l'appartement mais aussi les prospectus sur la règion, les visites à faire dans les Asturies... Je vais essayer d'en faire un aussi bien, promis! Je conseillerais vivement cet appartement, ces gens, cette ville tout y est merveilleux! c'est le mot !”
“We had the best vacation i n Oviedo. Machus and Jose´s apartment is very nice and cosy and is placed in the middle of Oviedo. Oviedo and Asturia is a very exiting part of Spain. The City and the countryside really surprised us and many times during our stay we had breathtaking moments. We had a good communication during our exchange, so both families could get the best out of the exchange. Machus and Jose has showen us great hospitality :-) ”
“We had 3 great weeks in Oviedo. The city is beautiful and very welcoming. To the north we easily got to the beaches, to the south a beautiful countryside and mountains with plenty of cycling. This home is beautiful and very comfortable with easy parking and perfect position for exploring the city. the family made everything easy with perfect information on all the area has to offer. WE loved Oviedo.”
“We met a very nice family in a very comfortable and well located apartment, just in Oviedo’ downtown. Oviedo is a very nice and clean city. The area is beautiful. Beaches and Mountains are not so far. You can mix activities between sports, visits and the sea. There are many things to do for adults and for children. We recommend this region of Spain, still natural and “wild”, with temperate climate in summer and without too many tourists. Maccus and Jose Maria are very charming and very attentive. Do not hesitate to go to Asturias !!!!!”
“We spent one week at the flat end of December / begin January 2010-11 (my husband, two children - 12 and 20 years old - and me). The flat is very beautiful and extremely comfortable, of course clean; and remarkably quiet for being in the centre of town (we actually loved being in the centre, so convenient, and so different from living in our suburban house in London). The billiard table in the sitting room was a gem, as my 12-year old kept himself (and his father...) occupied in the evenings etc (a nice change from electronic games!). The family very generously allowed us the use of their car and we even managed to park it successfully in a rather hair-raising garage without a scratch...Oviedo and the area are absolutely terrific: beautiful, green, snow in the mountains 40 minutes away, beautiful beaches about 30 minutes away. Finally, needless to say, the family left our house spotless: and with a lovely present of a big Father Xmas candle holder: cannot recommend them and their flat enough!”
“We passed a splendid stay to Ovideo. The exchange with Machus and Jose and their children, Juan and Christina, was very cordial and enriching. Their apartment, pleasant and easy to live, is very well located at Oviedo. Oviedo is a city very beautiful and interesting to discover, we liked much to live at the Spanish pace and to discover the local specialities in the many bars, restaurants and trade. The area of Asturies is superb as well for its beaches as for its mountains, the amateurs of walks will appreciate. And the many advices of Machus and Jose were judicious and appreciated by all the family! Famille Baril, Nantes, France”
“Nous avons passé deux très belles semaines à Oviedo. Cette ville historique est magnifique, et les activités ne manquent pas. En effet, nous avons alterné les visites historiques, le shopping et les dégustations des spécialités locales. Pour cela, l'appartement de Machus et Jose est idéalement placé, proche d'un beau parc, et nul besoin de la voiture pour découvrir la ville. L'appartement est également spacieux, confortable et très propre. Grâce à leurs grandes expérience d'échanges de maisons, Machus et Jose avaient parfaitement préparé les informations permettant d'appréhender, au mieux, le logement et les excursions dans les Asturies. Ils ont été très disponibles avant et pendant le séjour, nous donnant ainsi des nombreux conseils afin de planifier les différentes activités. Elles ne manquent pas: nous avions le choix entre de nombreuses randonnées , par exemple, dans le parc des pics d'Europe, les découvertes des nombreuses plages de la côte, pour s'y reposer ou pour y pratiquer le surf, et les visites de villes et villages comme Gijon, Leon, Salinas, Llanes, .... Bref, nous conseillons vivement cet échange, dans cette région qui mérite être découverte, et où les habitants sont très accueillants.”
“I have found a beautiful house in Oviedo downtown . The house was clean and full equipped . I knew the exchanger at the airport in Oviedo and then in chioggia when i returned in Italy. Very perfect host,. the exchange has been really perfect and a family to recommend for a good exchange in the Asturie. sincerely dott pietro perini”
“We spent 18 days at Machus and Jose's home - and it was fantastic. Their home is cosy, nice, tidy and perfect located in Oviedo. Oviedo is such a wonderful town we will never forget. (The Park nearby, the shops, the architecture....) The surrounding, sea and mountains is breathtaking. Furthermore the people there are very friendly and helpful. Five of five stars for the whole exchange.”
“We spent three relaxing weeks in Machus and Jose's flat. Coming from west of Francia, it has begun with the boat travel appreciated by all the family, with the car, from Nantes to Gijon. There, we very appreciated the flat which is cosy, comfortable and spacious. It is also located in the center of Oviedo, near a beautiful park with games for children and other places of interest like market place and shops. Thanks to their recommendations, we enjoyed some restaurants, sidrerias, shops, ... never been disappointed! They have also prepared a book with a lot of things to see on the surroundings (natural parks, beautiful cities, and beaches). Thanks to this swap, we discovered the rich culture, tradition and gastronomy of the Asturies. Machus and Jose was very available before and during the swap to give informations about every things we asked for. We had the pleasure to meet them twice at home and in their's and we spent very good time together. It was our first swap and we were lucky to have done it with them !”
Where is it?
Our house is in Oviedo centre, the small capital city of the Principality of Asturias. We are walking distance to any place in the city, to the shops, the parks, bars, museums, supermarkets, buses or trains. You don't need the car at all to move around the city (you will for the surroundings but I promise they are worth a drive). Oviedo offers a great variety of entertainment: opera, concerts, theatre, museums, lively plazas and terrazas where to drink our "sidra" and lots of popular bars and "sidrerías" for traditional dishes based on seafood, shellfish or meat.
Oviedo is also the scenario of the famous Premios Príncipe de Asturias. Woody Allen said once that if paradise existed, it was here,"Ciudad deliciosa, exótica, bella y peatonalizada; es como si no perteneciera a este mundo, como si no existiera... Oviedo es como un cuento de hadas" fueron las palabras pronunciadas por el cineasta de Brooklyn, (Nueva York, 1935) tras pasear por las calles de Oviedo.
Within 20 minutes by car you can find beautiful sandy beaches, cosy fishermen's villages and ten more minutes and you can get to the mountains of Picos de Europa, a National Park, with lots of lovely hiking routes to explore. The slogan of Asturias is "Asturias, paraíso natural". Come and discover why!!!
Here are a couple of pages about the area
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