With a growing community of local surfers and a consolidated infrastructure including surf shops, schools and even a surf house , Gijón is fast becoming a must visit for lovers of this sport on the Spain’s northern coast, also known as the “Green Coast”. This time of year the waves San Lorenzo Bay provides some great swells for surfers, while the slopes of the Cantabrian Mountains offers powdered snow pistes within an hour’s drive or so inland.
The region’s two ski stations, Valgrande-Pajares and Fuentes de Invierno, currently have between 55 and 190 cm of snow on their slopes. Valgrande-Pajares has almost 30 km of marked runs, while its “younger sister”, Fuentes de Invierno, has almost 9 km of pistes. A combined 4-day pass is available for the two stations plus those of San Isidro and Leitariegos offering 1 extra day free.
And of course, you don’t even have to bring your own board/s or skis as there are rental shops right on the slopes and just off the beach!
Get to practise the “coolest” of sports –especially so at this time of the year… brrrrrr– while chilling out at night in Gijón, which boasts one of the best nightlife scenes in all of Spain.