Welcome to Mieres, a charming municipality located in the heart of Asturias, northern Spain. With a population of approximately 38,000 inhabitants, Mieres is a hidden gem that boasts a rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and mouthwatering local cuisine. The municipality of Mieres is made up of the capital, Mieres del Camino and the villages of Baiña, Figaredo, Cenera, Loredo, La Peña, La Rebollada, Santullano, Santa Rosa, Seana, Ujo, Urbies, Valdecuna, Santa Cruz, Ablaña, Turón, Gallegos, and Bustiello.
Mieres is the heart of the coal mining industry in Spain. The topography of Mieres is mountainous with the greatest population centers being located in the valley along the banks of the Caudal River (Río Caudal) valley in the center of Asturias. Before the Spanish Industrial Restructuring, Mieres was one of the industrial backbones of Asturias, and hosted 70,000 inhabitants in the 1960s. Today, Mieres shelters a campus of the University of Oviedo and different museums in relation to the industrial heritage. The municipality of Mieres is served by bus routes and the regional rail lines Renfe Feve and Renfe Cercanias, connected with Oviedo, Gijón, León, and Langreo.
Mieres’ most popular and important festival is St. Johns Bonfire (La Foguera de San Juan), which occurs every June 24th eve. It is highlighted by a huge bonfire, cultural events, dancing, outdoor concerts, fireworks, al fresco dining, and drinking. Another important festival is the Folixa na Primavera in April (Spring Fiesta), which includes dance and music performances from the nine European Celtic regions, food, drink, and especially cider (sidra).
Mieres has been home to many notable residents, including footballer Juan Carlos Ablanedo, chef José Andrés, author and playwright Vital Aza, chef María Luisa García, saint Innocencio of Mary Immaculate, singer Jenny, singer and songwriter Víctor Manuel, actor Nacho Martínez, poet Federico Montoro, and author Xaviel Vilareyo.
Mieres has established sister city relationships with Karviná, Czech Republic, San Miguel del Padrón, Cuba, and Amgala, Western Sahara.
Church of Santa Eulalia de Ujo, Premio de Novela Casino de Mieres.
Whether you’re interested in exploring the rich history of the coal mining industry, attending one of the many festivals, or simply enjoying the breathtaking landscapes and delicious local cuisine, Mieres has something for everyone. Come and discover this hidden gem for yourself!