The city of Gijón –Xixón, in Asturian– is located right on the centre of the southern shores of the Bay of Biscay, known as the Cantabrian Coast, at the crossing of two major historical trails: the Via de la Plata Roman road and the Northern Road taken by pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela. Thanks to its privileged location, Gijón/Xixón has become heir to a rich archaeological heritage, in particular, Campa Torres hill fort, Campo Valdés Roman Baths and the Roman Villa of Veranes, in addition to an old quarter –Cimavilla, the old fishing quarter– full of unique buildings and quaint lanes.
Gijón/Xixón is also a modern-day city that has known how to combine leisure, culture, heritage, nature and well-being perfectly. This can be seen in local tourist attractions like the Laboral, City of the Culture, the Aquarium, the Atlantic Botanical Gardens, the Railway Museum of Asturias and the Talasoponiente seawater spa complex. All within the framework of sustainable tourism.
Its picturesque marina, its promenade bursting with life and its magnificent urban and rural beaches make Gijón/Xixón a truly maritime city, staunchly committed to an ocean that permeates its character and traditions and offers up top quality gastronomic produce. The local cuisine is highly renowned for its delicious, fresh seafood and fish, as well as for fabada pork and bean stew and cider, the traditional drink of Asturias.
Gijón is a dynamic city that hosts numerous events throughout the year, ranging from avant-garde festivals (L.E.V. Festival, Gijón Sound Festival) to the most traditional fiestas (“Grand Week”, the Cider Festival), not to mention many other sporting, cultural and gastronomic activities. This year, Gijón has been named “European City of Sport” and is to place the spotlight on all its sporting qualities.
If you would like to enjoy all that Gijón has to offer, visit the Gijón Tourism website and organize your next trip right now! What’s more, you can also download the Gijon in your pocket app, which will guide you around the city … so that you never get lost!
Capital of the Costa Verde or Green Coast, Gijón is well linked via the Autopista del Cantábrico (A8) dual carriageway to the border with France and via Asturias Airport (with direct flights from London’s three major airports –Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted– and from other cities, via Madrid, Barcelona, Paris or Lisbon).
Don’t hesitate… come and discover Gijon. Northern Spain with Zest!