Are there any reasons why you would set your alarm for four in the morning? I can’t think of many, but the morning I visited la rula de Avilés (fish market) I had to. If you want to catch some action in the morning you need to be there early. Very early.
The fish market in Avilés sells around 80% of all the fish sold in Asturias and that is around 15,000 tonnes of fish per year. Located in a massive pristine building spanning across 17.000m2 by the Avilés coastal inlet, from the rula’s loading bay you can spot one of Avilés most famous buildings, the spectacular Niemeyer Center. This cultural centre was a present from the late Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and definitely a landmark worth exploring.
At the rula some of the fishes I saw were so fresh that they seemed to still be alive. It was particularly interesting to see the process of how the fish arrives from the boat and leaves in the fishmongers’ lorry in only a few hours. The rula in Avilés is very modern and screens and remote controls have replaced the person who used to shout the prices of the fish. Maybe less charming but probably better on the food safety side, the rula is as modern as it gets and if you love fish, it’s a great place to spend some time at.
Note that the rula offers guided one-and-a-half hour tours in the summer and at much more civilised times, usually in the afternoon. Free entry, booking is essential.
Rula de Avilés
Av. Conde de Guadalhorce, 0, 33401
+34 985 56 51 90