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Holy Leisure!

Easter or Holy Week forms an indisputable part of the holiday calendar. For business and for leisure, some for pleasure and others for devotion, over the years the four days that make up an ancestral religious cycle have become an excuse to enjoy a short getaway to get to know new places or to return to those where you once were fortunate to have a good time. So this week is one of holy devotion for some people and holy leisure for others who also “religiously” respect their right to take a few days off at the theoretical start of the spring, before confronting the long slog of intense work that will take them to their main, summer holidays.

Gijón/Xixón has come up with an intense and varied programme for these dates that includes gastronomy, culture, nature activities or the simple pleasure of strolling around the city, without overlooking its religious processions and events. The city’s location also allows you to visit any other point in Asturias, using Gijón as the “base camp” to return to every day and enjoy a well-earned short break in top-quality hotels.

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So what do we propose for these days of “holy leisure” in Gijón? Many things! Besides the different gastro-events organized to mark these dates, you can try the first cider of the year, enjoy the quaint charm of food trucks and the mouth-watering pleasure of shellfish.

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As an aid to digestion, nothing better than a good stroll, choosing one or other of the many routes the city offers. Get to know Gijón/Xixón’s Roman past, the condensed ethnography of the Pueblu d’Asturies Folk Museum, traces of Jovellanos, the works of Valle and Piñole, walking tours around Cimavilla, or the Botanic Gardens.

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Botanics Gardens


The list is long. There are activities for children, long-standing exhibitions and temporary ones like the “Oceans” exhibition in the Jardines del Náutico right on the seafront. Easter in Gijón consecrates the holy days in the traditional way and consecrates leisure for those who hope to rest, relax and have a good time during this period. For there is also something mystical about the possibility of getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and its worries to find yourself on a temporary atoll far from all that.


Besides all the Easter activities , Gijón/Xixón offers travellers its traditional hospitality, a good public information service and ideal road, rail and air links that allow you to make your getaway and discover the rest of Asturias right from here. Do you want to know more? Check out all we can offer you and come visit Gijón/Xixón. You’ll enjoy both the holy and the profane.

Here you can find all the Easter activities: download the pdf


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