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Everything I’d read about Gijón, the largest city in Asturias, described it as “industrial” or “working-class”, so we arrived fearing that it’d be boring. But we needn’t have worried: Gijón is beautiful, full of students, lively bars and charming plazas. We spent the day walking around the old town center, the Cimavilla, admiriing monuments, plazas and incredible old buildings. The weather was great and the streets were full with young people sitting on whatever piece of stone was available.

Playa San Lorenzo

In the middle of the city is the beach of San Lorenzo, which stretches along the coast for over a kilometer. Though a lot of people were swimming, I wasn’t about to join in after experiencing the ice cold water at the Playa del Silencio. We also walked around the docks on the other side of Cimavilla and grabbed a bottle of cider in one of the city’s many sidrerías.

Gijón is much bigger than Oviedo, and the few hours we spent there during our first visit weren’t nearly enough to conduct a thorough exploration of its streets. No bother. It’s just 30 minutes by train from Oviedo, and we returned often. This is the kind of city which needs to be discovered slowly. On subsequent visits, we discovered the Park of Santa Catalina, a beautiful green area at the top of the city with a famous sculpture called “Elogio del Horizonte”, and the Termas Romanas, Thermal Baths built in the 1st Century by the Romans.

Location on our Asturias Map

Lady Stoner
Kiosk People
Fontan Out of Control
Calle Leon Gijon
Passaje Gijon
Pharmacia Gijon
Bar Carmen Gijon
Jesus on a Roof
Christus Gijon
Architecture Gijon
shadow beach
Snow on the beach
Beach Summer Gijon
Beach San Lorenzo
Abstract Beach
Castle on the beach
Asturian Mansion
Asturian Curtains
Beach Cross
Gijon Cathedral
Cathedral Gijon
Sailing Club Gijon
Plaza Gijon
Urban Art Gijon
Where did the Sidra Go
Sidra Gijon
Tostas Gijon
Sunny Alley Gijon
Snow in Gijon
Sailing in Gijon
Bubble Balls Gijon
Nordeste Gijon
Making out in Gijon
Boat in Wall Gijon
Sunning Gijon
Cute Bar Gijon
Gijon Face
Fury Coat Spain
Holy Sailor
Gijon For Lovers
Casa Fernando Gijon
Palace Gijon
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Hungry for Pigeon
Souvenirs Gijon
Sac Player Asturias

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August 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm
13 comments »
  • August 17, 2010 at 12:29 pmuvepece

    Glad you’ve liked Gijón! I live there and love it! You should go to El Cerro de Sta. Catalina (the views and the Elogio del Horizonte are worth it). The church with a big sculpture on top (the one in the pic with the CHRISTUS sign) is quite surprising! And appart from the Termas there’s plenty of ancient roman evidence in Gijón. There are nice parks, la Laboral, a botanical garden, some walking paths with great views… if you want some info just e-mail me and I’ll be glad to tell you whatever you want and help you planning your next visit! 🙂

  • August 27, 2010 at 8:28 amEugenia

    I am a child of Oviedo long gone from the shores but return every year to visit the family. Your detailed studies in pictures are stunning. Thank you for sharing them.

    If you haven’t already – do visit the city of Aviles, the town centre is worth an afternoon.

    Best wishes

  • May 3, 2016 at 3:33 pmGosia

    I would appreciate any more feedback about staying in Gijon…especially in mid September. I heard it rains a lot .


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Day Trip to Gijn Everything I'd read about Gijn, the largest city in Asturias, described it as "industrial" or "working-class", so we arrived fearing that it'd be boring. But we needn't have worried: Gijn is beautiful, full of students, lively bars and charming plazas. We spent the day walking around the old town center, the Cimavilla, admiriing monuments, plazas and incredible old buildings. The weather was great and the streets were full with young people sitting on whatever piece of stone was available.
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