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.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
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.
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.
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.
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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