If there is something that characterizes Gijón, that is the precise contrast between the blue of the sea and the green of the mountains. Here, the sea breeze fuses with the pure air of the green belt surrounding the city. Today, our journey takes us to Mount Areo , (spanish) located on the boundary between the boroughs of Gijón and Carreño, where one and the same spot is home to a necropolis with elements dating back 5,000 to 3,000 years, the remains of a Roman road and a recreational area occupying some 22,000 sq m.
Mount Areo necropolis, listed as a Site of Cultural Interest, is one of the largest in Spain, occupying an area of 4 sq km. It is an incredible archaeological site where burial chambers, dolmens and about 35 barrows (1) can still be seen.
If you wish to learn a little more in detail about this ancient sacred spot, you can do so at the interpretation exhibition located nearby in the neighbouring borough.
Ever heard of the Camín de la Mesa? (spanish) In this spot, you can also view the remains of a branch of this ancient highway. The Camino Real del Puerto de la Mesa –to afford it its full name– was an old Roman road that linked Asturias with León and via which, according to history, the Berber chieftain Munuza tried to flee after being defeated by Pelayo at the battle of Covadonga (2). (Bet you didn’t know that!)
Fancy going back 5,000 years in time with us?
(1) Barrow: a mound of earth and stones raised over tombs in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.
(2) Pelayo (Pelagius): the first monarch of the Kingdom of Asturias, whom all Asturians are affectionately and patriotically proud of. You will find him guarding over the Plaza del Marqués in Gijón.