I love going for strolls on the San Lorenzo boardwalk, in the coastal tourist town of Asturias. I like to admire its magnificent scenery at sunset, and the beach offers volleyball, and soccer is played at ladder 4 (known as The Escalerona) and when the tide allows. There are other water sports like surfing, sea kayaking or windsurfing. A treat for your eyes and your camera.
The Puerto Deportivo de Gijón is located next to the historic old town, next to a big boulevard with beautiful views. It has all kinds of facilities and parking and plenty of shops and restaurants. There is also has a tourist office nearby.
The Universidad Laboral de Gijón was constructed between the years 1946 and 1956, and with its 270 000 m² it is the largest biggest in Spain,and it was the most significant architectural works of the 20th century in Asturias and its construction was the result of a mining accident in the Flow Basin, which was meant to create an orphanage that could hold up to 1000 students. The project became bigger and the last time it was the biggest secondary Institute in the country, with 3,000 students. The establishment is made up of a tower of 130 meters inspired by the Giralda in Seville, a theater of dimensions similar to those of the Parthenon, which still has a shield of Franco, a church, the world's biggest of its kind and a central courtyard similar to that of the Piazza San Marco in Venice, and Gateway topped with a tower and Atrium, These incredible dimensions are built but with little harmony.
This is one of my favourite places in Gijón to wander and be at peace; reading, walking or just gazing at the sea. The summit is in the Cimadevilla neighbourhood, a fishing district of Gijón, and was 'remodelled' a few years ago to the delight of passers-by and gijoneses. It is a garden on the cliffs surrounding the Bay of Biscay. From the top of the park you can see the entire city, especially the San Lorenzo Bay and San Pedro church. It was a Roman settlement where people avoided sieges from the coast, thanks to the privileged view over the sea and the city. Today the city is contemplating the "Eulogy to the Horizon" by Chillida, welcoming all those arriving to Gijon by sea.
The Cimadevilla neighborhood, located on a hill between the beach of San Lorenzo and the Marina, is a pedestrianised area in the old zone. There are a variety of cider bars and nightlife spots that open mainly at weekends and are filled by young people having a good time.
The Botanic Garden is one of the places that I like best in my city, Gijón. It covers an area of about 25 hectares, encompassing the historic garden of the island, including some trees up to 300 years old. It consists of several separate areas with a special emphasis on the Atlantic Arc, but also the historic Garden Island. Along the walk you can find beech, birch, laurel trees etc. One of its advantages is that you can get there easily, 3 bus lines stop at the entrance. It is opposite the Technical College. The title is so named because of the feelings I experience when coming here. The last time I was here I walked around on a Saturday in January until dawn. And despite the rain, the rays of sun breaking through and the vegetation make it magical. Whenever I can, I try to visit. The worst time, because of the influx of people, is late June and July. It is open all year, except on Mondays. And certain dates are Open Days, which always attract people. In 2013, it celebrates its tenth anniversary.
The Gijón Aquarium opened in 2006 and is a very modern medium-sized aquarium with striking seaside architecture. It has over 60 freshwater and saltwater aquariums, an auditorium for events, education rooms, and an area of recovery for marine mammals and reptiles. There are about 250 species of animals including fish, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. The sharks are the highlight and they are directly fed daily by two divers. There are organized activities for children to sleep in the aquarium surrounded by marine species. The aquarium is divided into twelve thematic areas: 1.-Asturian rivers. 2.-Cantabrian Zone. 3.-Cantabrian Coast. 4.-Atlantic. 5.-Caribbean Islands. 6.-Cape Horn. 7.-Pacific-Indian. 8.-Red Sea. 9.-Madagascar. 10.-Cape of Good Hope. 11.-subtropical Atlantic. 12.-Puerto Spaniard. It takes about two hours for a complete visit. Otters, though very shy, are one of the most popular aquarium animals, and when they play in the water, they are a great entertainment for children.
The Plaza Mayor is middle of Gijon, next to Cimadevilla. This large square is surrounded by arcades, where there are a large number of cider places and restaurants. City Hall and the former Fishing Building are here, and in the centre, there is a lamppost on a small staircase. The entrances to the square are pedestrian.
A beautiful park with a variety of things and terrors that will make your hairs stand on end, for example, the ostrich, what a great creature! Then there are treacherous swings, children can't do it without adult supervision.
Since the spring of 2011, there have been these giant letters known locally as Las Letronas which spell out the word "Gijon" in the Jardines de la Reina. The gardens are one of the most beautiful places in the city and the letters are a great choice to if you're looking for a memorable photo in Gijon.
The Palace, with that name so hard to pronounce, is a landmark building for Gijón. Following a major restoration, it became one of the most prestigious areas devoted to temporary exhibitions. It's in the halls of the palace where they host exhibitions, lectures, courses and scenic and musical activities. With the clear intention of spreading the various expressions of art and culture, this ancient palace has now become a major center of art nationwide.
Since 1995 in Gijón it has been possible to visit the Roman baths in Campo Valdés. They were discovered the Church of San Pedro, which is above them, was being renovated. These small baths which are in very good condition show us what the roman baths were like, its influence on daily life and how they managed to keep the water hot. Apart from the baths, several panels were excavated. There is an introductory video and information boards. A visit is highly recommended for anyone ve likes to see Roman history. Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 19:30. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 10:00-14:00 and 17:00-19:30. Closed Mondays. Rates: Single entry to a museum, for over 16 years 2.50 €. Reduced admission to a museum € 1.40. Free admission on Sundays.
Gijón's main street is Calle Corrida, a wide pedestrian avenue leading from the gardens of the Queen to the Six Square August. The amount of people that were always in the streets was simply astounding. It brings together many of the leading businesses in the city, as well as banks and many cafes that take their terraces to the street, where there is never a place to sit down since they are always super busy at any time of day. Halfway down the street you'll come across the Plaza del Carmen, in which there is a fountain, of which forms part of the "Wine Zone".
A beautiful museum to visit with children, it is an enjoyable visit as there are many things to do, they have temporary exhibitions and even organize the days of steam, where you can go a short stretch on a steam train. You can view collector steam locomotives. A great museum to go to spend the afternoon with the kids, you will want to repeat visits for sure.
This is an ethnographic museum which teaches you about the historic lifestyles of Asturias. It stands right next to the fairground, on the banks of the river. It's a very big museum (about 32,000m2), with several buildings, so you should allow yourself plenty of time to get a good like. The House of Valdes (XVII century) has an exhibition of Asturian photos from 1850, to 1965. The House of Gonzalez de la Vega has the bagpipe museum, showing bagpipes from Africa and several parts of Europe.
The heart of the museum is the pavilion from Expo 92, where there is an exhibition on Asturian cuisine and domestic life between 1800, and 1965. You can see bread baskets from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and a peasant house with the furniture and fixtures of the time, as well as a seventeenth-century mill and the presses and equipment used to produce cider. Then there are three more pavilions where you can see farming tools and vehicles from the nineteenth century. It is a broad and interesting museum worth visiting.
The Molinon football stadium is home to Club Real Sporting de Gijón. It has a total capacity of 25,885. Although it now belongs to the municipality, it went through different owners in the past. It dates from the early 20th century. It's appearance is really quite painful, with chipped walls. It definitely needs a good remodelling. It has ample parking. Besides sporting events, the stadium is also used occasionally as a concert hall, especially during the summer. The venue has hosted artists like Tina Tarner, Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney. It lies at the mouth of the Piles, across the street from Queen Isabella and the Parador Hotel. The Trade Fair and the Village Museum of Asturias are close by.
There is so much stuff to do in Gijón, whether you're travelling for beach tourism, for cultural reasons, or both. Revillagigedo Palace is one of the most famous places to visit in Gijón and show a sample of the Asturian palace architecture of the 18th century. It is located in the neighborhood of Cimadevilla, the oldest district of the city and one of the top Gijón attractions -- it was originally home to the city's fishermen. In this area, the historically-minded tourist will find several archaeological remains from the time of the Roman Empire, particularly the spa, which is one of the most historic attractions in Gijón.
The University of Gijon, high on the list of modern things to see in Gijón, is the most important architectural work of the 20th century in Asturias and the largest building in Spain.
If you prefer sand between your toes, one of the things to do in Gijón is swimming at the three most popular beaches: Playa de Poniente, Playa Arbeyal, and Playa de San Lorenzo. The latter is famous for its fine golden sand and crystal-clear water, so taking a dip there has to be one of the top Gijón activities.
Ask the users of minube if you're still wondering what to do in Gijón, because there is still a lot more to list, like Isabel La Católica Park, Plaza Mayor, Museo Casa Natal de Jovellanos, Palacio Valdes ... all with the city's particular charm.