One of Gijón’s major attractions as a tourist centre is the fact that it is located right in the middle of the region’s coastline, making it a fantastic base camp to explore the diversity of the Principality. The borders with Galicia, to the west, and Cantabria, to the east, are about an hour’s drive from the city, with scores of sandy beaches and coves dotted all along the route in either direction. Check out the following link to discover just a few of Asturias’ hidden gems: Top Ten Asturias Beaches (from west to east)
The region’s other two main cities, the capital, Oviedo, and Avilés are in turn just a half hour away by car or public transport. A visit to their old quarters transports you back in time, while the needs of the most demanding gourmet or shopper can be satisfied without looking too far!
Heading further inland, you come to the Mining Valleys with their rich industrial heritage, now on public display thanks to centres like the Mining and Industry Museum , in El Entrego, and the Steelworks Museum , in Langreo; again, just a 30-minute drive from Gijón.
Then, of course, there is the region’s natural heritage, including the often unknown areas to many foreign visitors like the Nature Parks of Las Ubiñas-La Mesa, Ponga, and Fuentes del Narcea-Ibias, just a little farther away. Nature lovers also have to go a bit further to enjoy the UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserves of Somiedo, Muniellos-Fuentes del Narcea, Redes and Oscos-Eo, not to forget the fabulous Picos de Europa National Park; all with an hour or so’s drive… yet far, far, far from the madding crowd.
And then back to Gijón in the evening for a good night out, wining and dining in one of Spain’s safest cities.
Oh, and what about to the north, you may well ask? Well, that’s material for another blog on Gijón’s nautical offer to visitors and residents alike.