Cruising to Gijon, Spain

Gijon tourist information.

Gijon, SpainGijon is a coastal city in Asturias province in northwest Spain on the shores of the Cantabrian Sea. It lies close to the cities of Aviles and Oviedo. Gijón offers an attractive combination of maritime tradition, monumental heritage and modern urban planning right on the seashore. Gijón keeps its Roman past alive through the actions taken in the Campa de Torres Archaeological Site, one of the main fortified settlements of the north of Spain (before 490 B.C.), and especially in the restored baths complex at Campo Valdés, a public building which dates from the end of the 1st century A.D. In the 18th century, the erudite Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos laid out the plans for the development of Gijón. The process of industrialisation begun in the mid-19th century changed the city into the industrial centre of Asturias, with its leading El Musel Port, shipyards and numerous manufacturing installations.

Santa Catalina Headland

You need only climb up to Santa Catalina Headland, above the old fishing quarter, to realize the grandeur of the setting in which Gijón is nestled. From there, the whole city, the entire coastline of the borough with its cliffs and beaches, and the high mountains further inland can be made out all the way to the Picos de Europa. Green and blue rule here.

Gijon beaches

The city has no less than 10 beaches. All Gijón’s beaches are linked by the coastal path, which can be explored on foot, bike or horseback and which offers spectacular viewpoints over the Bay of Biscay. Some right in the city centre like San Lorenzo Beach and others further afield in the countryside where peace and quiet reign, such as Serín Beach and Estaño Beach. Poniente Beach also boasts all the amenities for people with problems of mobility.