How to get to know the city in a different way? You can spend a day full of fun on the city tour bus with a luxury chauffeur who, via an audio-guide, will tell you about the city’s history and its most interesting features.
You can take the bus at any of the stops on the city tour and then get on and off whenever you want, depending on the type of ticket you have purchased (for one or two days). We are going to get on at the first stop, El Fomentín, first thing in the morning to make the most of the day.
The next stop is the Railway Museum, where, among other things, you can get on a passenger car or see inside a tram. In the same area of Poniente Beach, you can find the Aquarium, which, besides allowing you to enjoy sharks, turtles and other creatures, is an ideal place for breakfast.
After boarding the bus again, enjoy Gijón’s architecture on the ride along the buildings on each side of Marqués de San Esteban and Marqués de Casa Valdés streets. Friezes, which often go unnoticed as you pass by in the street, become a new discovery from the tour bus. One of the most interesting buildings is the Mutual Society Building designed by Manuel del Busto.
The following stop, Gas Factory Park, is right in the heart of the district of L’Arena. If you decide to take a stroll here, you will feel the pulse of daily life in one of the city’s most populous neighbourhoods. Nearby is the Isabella the Catholic Park and the El Molinón football stadium.
On the way to the Botanical Garden and the Laboral, City of Culture, you will see the Las Mestas sport facilities, where the International Show Jumping Competition is held every year. That part of town is known as the Mile of knowledge, because it groups together the University campus, the Science and Technology Park, and the Laboral, City of Culture complex, among other facilities.
Returning to the city centre, there is a stop near the Luis Adaro Show Grounds, which host gastronomic events like the Tapas Contest and classic events in the city such as the Annual International Show. The Pueblu d’Asturies Folk Museum is also to be found at the same stop. Here you can stroll among raised granaries or visit the Bagpipe Museum, among many other things.
Lunchtime arrives beside San Lorenzo Beach. In addition to the promenade, you can find many establishments to enjoy the sea view and the gastronomy of Gijón. The area known as El Rinconín and the iconic sculpture of the Mother of the Emigrant also await you at this stop.
The last stop before returning to the starting point is Plaza del Carmen, which is very close to Cimavilla, the marina , the Jardines de la Reina, the Town Square, the former Fish Market, etc. It is a perfect spot to end the visit, to dine and to have a sup or two of cider before moving on to the city’s nightlife, which is concentrated around this square and the area around the western part of the marina called Fomento.
Fancy a day out on the city tour bus?