Every other weekend of the month, Gijón is host to an Eco and Crafts Fair that no visitor to the city should miss. The fair is held in the town square, right between the marina and the old fishermen’s quarter of Cimavilla, an ideal starting point for taking a stroll along the seafront after a good morning’s shopping or for a wander around the narrow streets of the “high part of the town”, followed by a lunch at one of the numerous traditional restaurants to be found in the area.
The organic produce on offer at the fair includes preserves, cured meats, cheeses, honey, bread, pies, cakes and the like, as well flowers, plants and soaps. Fair trade produce can also be bought, together with artisan ice cream, yoghurt and liqueurs.
The variety of handcrafts is even wider, ranging from pottery, mini-sculpture, aerography, dried flowers and paintings to leather goods, handmade stationary, fabrics, puppets and objects made from deer antlers, stone and wood. Handmade jewellery, including Asturian jet pieces, also plays a leading role at the fair, alongside artisan cosmetics.
The association of artisans that runs the fair also organises different activities, exhibitions and workshops, often with the youngest members of the family in mind, so they don’t get bored while Mum or Dad is shopping.
So the next time you are in Gijón, don’t miss out on a crafty, green experience for the 5 senses!