Located on the shores of the Bay of Biscay, Gijón is the largest city in Asturias with over 270,000 inhabitants. Located on the coastal branch of the Camino de Santiago (St. James’ Way) and the northern boundary of the Vía de la Plata, its history of over 2,000 years is one of its main attractions.
The Airport is situated 40 km from Gijón, (about 35 minutes), and is linked by a fast-flowing motorway (A-8).
As a seaside city, it has two marinas and ten beaches, which are suitable for practising various nautical sports. The range of tourist resources on offer, possibly featuring the Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura (Laboral Cultural Campus) and the municipal museums such as The Atlantic Botanical Gardens, the Gijón Aquarium and Talasoponiente in starring roles, is complemented by a range of accommodation and restaurants for all tastes and budgets.
The year-round array of activities has transformed Gijón into an ideal destination for all kinds of visitors - families, couples, groups of friends and business tourism:
With all the amenities of a city available, and with a wide offering in terms of culture, cuisine and sports, Gijón also has an enviable green ring, which makes up the twenty-five rural parishes that account for over 90% of the town. Green routes, golf courses, picnic areas, and natural spaces, are all five minutes from the city centre. Furthermore, Gijón is a splendid base to get to know the rest of Asturias and to discover its natural and cultural heritage.
All of these things have made Gijón into a city with its own personality, which can be seen on the streets of the city, which are home to a combination of history, irresistible flavours and shared laughter, the element of fun with culture, charm and its marine tradition, impressive views, passionate social gatherings, gastronomic events and international and national events.
Gijón has maintained its Roman past through archaeological digs performed in the Campa de Torres archaeological park, one of the main fortified villages in the north of Spain (before 490 B.C.) and, above all, through the recovered thermal resort of Campo Valdés, a public building dating back to the 1st century A.D.
During the 18th century, the enlightened Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos traced the developmental changes in Gijón. The industrialisation process from the middle of the 19th century turned the city into the industrial centre of Asturias, with its powerful El Musel Port, shipyards and abundant manufacturing plants.
The El Musel Port is six kilometres from the urban centre of Gijón and boasts one of the most important port facilities in the north of Spain. Specialising in bulk-carrier, cement, container and iron and steel product traffic, it also makes room for the city’s fishing facilities. Thanks to its excellent location and its deep and sheltered waters, El Musel is able to play host to cruise ships.
The progressive modernisation of the city and its excellent natural conditions have turned Gijón into a city attracting a growing number of visitors, especially with its powerful services sector and a wide range of cultural and sporting activities on offer. At the start of this century, Gijón has been striving to preserve its distant past and display it as an example of its excellence in tourism.
Gijón, a city with a great deal to offer:
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