Grade Primitive Way

Information about Grado

The small town of Grado is a crossroads of roads, fertile orchards, mining, medieval, palatial and Indian architecture, markets, festivals, sweets, merchants and wonderful and friendly people. Grado will surprise you in every way, not only for the large number of monuments and picturesque houses to visit, but also for the good atmosphere and the warmth of its people.

In this council two important itineraries meet and separate, the Primitive Way and the Camín Real de la Mesa, an old Roman road. And it is that the village for centuries coexisted with the passage of walkers, and perhaps that is precisely why it has become one of the most hospitable places throughout the Asturian community.

The historic centre of Grado is worth a visit, and preserves interesting architectural remains, especially from the 18th and 19th centuries, which also gives a very romantic touch to a stroll through this illustrious town, where every corner transports you to parallel universes.

What to see and do in Grado

Chapel of Sorrows

Perhaps the most emblematic building in the town of Grado is the Chapel of Los Dolores. It is located in what used to be the Palace’s orchard and was built by order of the third Marquis of Valdecarzana as a funerary pantheon. As no traces of burials have been found, it is not known exactly if anyone was ever buried there or not. The general belief is that it never had any burials, but there is the oral testimony of a neighbour of the village, Tito el de la Farmacia, who affirmed that there were until, as a consequence of the Civil War, the tombs were desecrated.

Chapel of Sorrows Grado

Parish Church of San Pedro

It is a building of eclectic style, with elements inspired by the Romanesque and Gothic style, built in 1884 and opened for worship in 1890. It stands out for its monumentality and the excellence of the materials used, predominantly carved stone.

Parish Church San Pedro Grado

House of the Arcos or Arias Miranda’s House

Located in the Plaza General Ponte, where the traditional market is held on Wednesdays and Sundays, it has three floors. Its first two floors date from the 18th century and are made of pinkish limestone ashlars, while the third floor, together with the attic, seem to correspond to a 19th century extension.

Highlights the portico with semicircular arches on the ground floor and the arches that give it its name. It presents a symmetrical distribution of the openings, in which the central wrought iron balcony of the first floor stands out, whose cantilevered parapet is closed with grillwork of screws, recalling the rococo style.

Marketplace

The market that is held on Wednesdays and Sundays has more than deserved its fame, not only for its centuries-old history, but also for the quality of its products and the hospitality of its traders. So whether you are a pilgrim or a tourist, a visit to the market, with vermouth and shopping included, is an unavoidable and very pleasant moment.

Market Grade

Grado Capitol

If you think that the Capitol is located in cities like Washington or Havana, as soon as you take a walk around Grado you will discover that there is also a Capitol here, which is precisely one of the most fascinating Indian houses in all of Asturias, and it also has impressive gardens.