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Gijon, Spain

Situated on the Asturian coast, Gijón offers an attractive combination of seafaring flavour, heritage buildings and modern urban development. The city began as a fishing village nearly 3,000 years ago and has developed into an important port on the Atlantic coast of Spain. The main port, called El Musel, is one of the largest in the north of Spain. Most of the streets are cobblestone, barely two cars wide and pave the way to many renovated buildings that display the colourful life of the village. The region of Asturias is also known for possessing some of the greenest hills in Spain.

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Gijon, Spain

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

In the summer, the Asturian climate brings warm weather that urges both locals and tourists to the city's two beaches. La Playa de Poniente is the smaller of the two beaches and is wrapped around the harbour. The other, la Playa de San Lorenzo, is much larger and arcs its way around the far side of the city. It has a path, or promenade, that shadows it and features a number of useful facilities.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Gijón boasts a collection of museums with unique themes and specialised collections. The Museo Internacional de la Gaita (the International Bagpipe Museum) contains bagpipes from around the world.
  • A hike up the hill to the Cerro de Santa Catalina will provide you with exceptional views of the outstretched coastline. The park also contains an abstract sculpture named the Elogio del Horizonte, Praise of the Horizon. It is one of 16 large sculptures placed in public spaces throughout the city over the last decade.
  • Gijón is a great city in which to participate in a themed walk. The most popular walking route is the short trek around the old town on the headland called Cimadevilla. This route takes in all of the main historic sites and can be easily be undertaken in an hour
  • Visit Universidad Laboral de Gijón, which is the largest building in Spain taking up 270,000 square metres.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Don't miss the chance of enjoying the skills of Gijón's restaurateurs. There are plenty of eateries dotted around the borough which offer a varied menu suited to all tastes and prices. You'll also find a handful of establishments where you can savour tapas with fine wines, buy Asturian produce, taste Gijón's famous cakes and pastries and enjoy homemade ice-cream.

Shopping for Bargains

Explore the town's wide range of shops where you might find a great purchase or fitting gift. Many of the shopping precincts are open, agreeable spaces that give you the chance to enjoy a stroll and see the sights while doing some shopping. Visit the Ecological and Crafts Market of Gijón, an attempt to recover traditional, local crafts while promoting ecological products that are environmentally friendly.

Local Currency

The euro (EUR) is the official currency of Spain. Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate.

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