A city open to the sea, with two marinas and ten beaches
With a pronounced maritime character, Gijón offers a wide range of attractions that draw visitors from all over the world. They include the Laboral City of Culture, museums, water sports on the beaches, cider bars, restaurants, the aquarium, the Talasoponiente aquatic leisure park, the Atlantic Botanical Gardens, and the Santa Catalina hill, topped by Chillida's famous sculpture "Elogio del Horizonte", and are complemented by an excellent choice of accommodation in the capital of the Costa Verde.
Steeped in history
The city dates back over 2,000 years and its history is one of its greatest attractions. The influence of its past can be seen in its monuments, streets, buildings, stately homes, gastronomy, maritime atmosphere and the joviality of its inhabitants. The site was originally a Roman settlement. Thanks to the port developed by the Catholic Monarchs, the city began to expand in the sixteenth century; its growth accelerated during the Enlightenment, largely because of the support of figures such as Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos.
Ideal for getting to know Asturias
The largest and most populous city in Asturias is a perfect reflection of the Principality's personality. Natural green spaces abound and the parks, golf courses, picnic areas and natural spaces one can visit without leaving the city are a clear indication that Gijón is at the heart of Asturias. From a transport point of view, Gijón is ideally located to visit other parts of Asturias and discover its culture and wealth of natural beauty. There is a railway station, a bus terminus and a dense road network, while the Asturias airport is less than 40 km from the city.
Gijón's beaches connect so you can walk along them all from end to end dipping your feet in the waters of the Cantabrian Sea. The best known and most centrally located are the San Lorenzo and Poniente beaches, separated by the marina and by the old part of the city, Cimadevilla, in Santa Catalina. With their golden sand, sea breezes and peaceful atmosphere, these are two of the most popular beaches on the Costa Verde.
What can you see and do in Gijón?
Out and about in Gijón. The city's culture, history, typical Asturian flavours, and its maritime tradition make it ideal for couples, friends, business travellers and families. The busiest and most interesting part of Gijón is the old district at the foot of Santa Catalina. The presence of the Romans is evidenced by the famous Roman baths at Campo Valdés. Chillida's Elogio del Horizonte is one of the city's icons, as are the giant red letters by the marina. Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Ciudad de la Habana, El Cerro and Moreda parks, the Revillagigedo Palace, the Aquarium, the bars and restaurants in Calle Corrida and the national and international gastronomic contests held in the city are only a few of the many leisure options available in this bustling city.
Special offers from Silken Ciudad Gijón
So that visitors to the city can experience the cultural and natural wealth of Gijón and the rest of the Principality, at Silken Hotels we have designed some special offers of accommodation at the Silken Ciudad Gijón. Have a look at them and take your pick. Are you planning a romantic getaway in the capital of the Costa Verde, or a trip where fine food is the central feature of interest? Are you looking for a special offer for Valentine's Day? Keep watching this section, as the offers are constantly updated and at any time there could be one that convinces you that now is the time to get to know this spectacular and dynamic city.