The Terrace of the Universidad Laboral is a magical place with a fantastic setting. I enjoyed the opportunity to watch the sunset over the Botanical Gardens. It's the perfect place to have a drink and unwind after a busy day. During the weekend there are concerts and at night it becomes a hotspot for drinks.
La Campa Torres was the oldest settlement of Gijón, as evidenced by the Romanesque remains found in the area, and the wall that protected the settlement. Currently we can see some remains and reconstructions, as well as admiring the views of the coast near Gijon. To the west, you can see several beaches and the small town of Cudillero, and far in the distance, the Peñas cape, the northernmost point of Asturias. To the east, we have the whole city of Gijón and nearby beaches. Nowadays, there is a power plant here, rather ruining some of the landscape, but the nature of Asturias is beautiful, making it a nice spot to visit on a clear day. There is ample parking for those arriving by car as well as a museum about the history of the area.
This theatre is legendary in the city, and the main venue for cultural events in Gijon. It opened in 1899 as Dindurra theater, but the original building was rebuilt in 1937 after being destroyed by a bomb. The original facade remained, but it was renamed the Jovellanos Theatre. It subsequently became municipal property, and was rehabilitated and expanded. The theatre has capacity for 1198 spectators, and its shows are varied throughout the year. They show plays, concerts, opera, ballet ... and even the annual International Film Festival of Gijón City in November. The interior has two levels. The bad thing about the theatre is the seats, they kept the old upholstered wood, and they are very uncomfortable, if you move they squeak. It is located in the heart of the city, on the promenade of Begoña, surrounded by shops, cafes, terraces and pedestrian streets.
La Semana Negra de Gijón is quite a popular holiday, all over Spain as well as in Asturias. It is always held in July. The centre of this festival is the thriller novel, and stalls all over sell books from this genre. There are also performances, films of this genre etc. Nowadays, there are more attractions, food and trinket stalls, you have to go rummaging to find the libraries and really there's few tables with novels and films on sale, not like it used to be! To my taste the Semana Negra needs to change location, it's becoming worse because there are only stalls selling bracelets and earrings, and increasingly less that reflect the spirit of this holiday. It's losing followers and interest, so I've promised myself that this year I won't go unless I find out that they've changed a few things, because it's not worthwhile otherwise.
The Natural Cider Festival of Gijon is held on the last weekend of August. Although we started days before the weekend, it is better to start on the Friday in Poniente beach. They bring together all who want to participate in the simultaneous pouring to beat the world record of simultaneous pouring which is surpassed every year. Those who want to participate need to take a glass of cider and pour the cider, at the entrance you get a bottle per person. You can also acquire glasses of cider each year commemorating the cider festival, they show a scene, there are two models, one girl and one boy - a good memory and worth € 2-3 if I remember correctly. In the main square there is a market and apple cider most of the week, where you can buy typical Asturian products. Free tourist buses take you to different local wineries and apple orchards to see how it goes for the next apple cider harvest. In addition you can lean about the process of making cider. On Sunday in the main square there is a free cider tasting so there are many people that day. The nicest thing of all is to see the city decorated for the festival. The statue of Pelayo, is pouring cider, the seats are in the stalls of the different wineries, gardens presiding flowers ..... An incredible atmosphere and worth living.
The artisan and organic market is held the second weekend of every month in Plaza Mayor in Gijón, just at the entrance of the old town of Cimadevilla. I went to this market 2 of the many times I've been to Gijon. You can buy all kinds of craft products: honey, meats, herbs, jewelry, etc. We also have to keep in mind that all of these items and products in addition to being handcrafted are environmentally friendly and fair trade, in which there are no middlemen and the person who made them get the full benefit from the product right. In the market various events are held in Plaza Mayor like exhibitions, music or samples or demonstrations of different crafts.
The Piles is a 14km long river that leads to Gijon, at the end of Paseo del Muro de San Lorenzo (called "The Tostaderu"), in front of Molinon Stadium, Isabel the Catholic Park and the International Trade Fair . I remember when I was little that this area was very dirty and smelled terrible, but it's been recovered from that state into a riverside walk along the entire shore. It hasn't been finished yet, and there are many stages left to finish. It is intended that it will connect the Riverwalk Greenway Roces-La Camocha and Viesques campus. It's a nice place to walk, with pedestrian and bike paths.
The Piles is a river of 14 kilometeres in length that goes to to Gijon, at the end of Paseo del Muro de San Lorenzo, against Molinon Stadium, Park of Isabel the Catholic and the International Trade Fair . I remember when I was a kid that this zone was dirty and smelled, but now it has gotten better creating a riverside walk along the shore, which, although not yet finished, is in an urban area. It is intended to communicate the Riverwalk Greenway Roces-La Camocha and Viesques campus. It's a nice place to walk, with pedestrian and bike paths.