Instead of putting on your penitent’s hat and robes, why not just bring along a good appetite and the wish to experience new flavours and culinary delights.
“Peccadilloes” in the form of inventive tapas in the city centre barrio-cum-wine-route known as El Carmén. For those with a ‘healthier’ appetite, there’s the option of traditional Easter fare for around €20 a head in around the same number of the city’s never-fail value-for-money restaurants and cider taverns. Those who fancy splashing out a bit more and are looking for 5-star experience won’t be disappointed, either, with the special set meal at 8 of Gijón’s top restaurants.
Cider lovers won’t be left out in the cold, either, with the chance to hop on the Cider Bus that, on 29th and 30th March, will shuttle them to two different cider mills to see how this millenary beverage is made and enjoy a cider tasting accompanied by a variety of Asturian cheeses… an unrevealed treasure trove of flavours for the majority of those from outside the region!
Cider is also the theme at the Easter “First Cider of the Year” festival, held at the Pueblu d’Asturias Museu, featuring guided tastings, traditional Asturian games, children’s activities, a homemade cider contest, barrel-making, arts and crafts and traditional music and dances.
There will also be a treat for both the bellies and the eyes of more sweet-toothed visitors, thanks to the pastry shop window display competition featuring typical Easter confectionaries
And, of course, before or after your meal, why not take advantage out the offering in guided tours, including a tour of farmsteads and medieval towers, a trip back into the city’s Roman past, an encounter with Somnus, the Dream of Antiquity at the Campa Torres Archaeology and Nature Park, or a theatre performance at the Roman Baths, an erudite stroll with the Enlightenment scholar and statesman Jovellanos, or a visit to one or other of the city’s museums, including a new viewpoint on the life and work of one of the region’s great painters, Nicanor Piñole. Not to forget other special activities being held at the city’s museums.
Last, but far from least, Nature lovers can delight in the unfolding of Spring at the Atlantic Botanic Gardens, which offers free guided tours in addition to family gymkhanas, puppet shows and storytelling for the youngest —and not so youngest— in the family.