Green. The treasure of the Botanic Gardens is green in colour. It is the most extensive and varied patch of vegetation in our town. Although the idea for the gardens began to take shape at the end of the 20th century, the Atlantic Botanic Gardens opened in 2003, occupying an area of 16 hectares. With the passing of time and successive expansions, our green jewel now covers 25 hectares of land. The gardens include in their collections La Isla Garden, a historical garden over 150 years old, and the Tragamón Oak Grove Natural Monument, an exceptional natural grove with trees of up to 400 years old. The Botanic Gardens constitute both nature and culture, as they combine a detailed and interesting collection of plant life with an area open to research and hundreds of activities that attract thousands of people each year.
Blue. The Bay of Biscay –or Cantabrian Sea as it is known locally– shows off its finest seascapes and many shades of blue every day. From the greenest blues of quiet summer days to the greyish, leaden blue of autumn and winter tides, topped by foamy crests beaten by gales and storms. The Cervigón Path, sports activities related to sailing and surfing, coastal parks, a traditional stroll along the promenade known as “El Muro” and the marina constitute the best scenic balconies to witness the ceaseless activity of that illustrious resident of Gijón, the sea, which rocks us to sleep and wakes us up every day.
Yellow. The yellow of our sandy beaches, our treasures dotted along the coastline from east to west, which also have the particularity of being very near to the town centre. Arbeyal, Poniente, San Lorenzo, El Rinconín and La Cagonera are not only summer treasures, but also all year round. These beaches are spots to take a stroll, enjoy silence, the murmur of the sea or its imposing surge in the high tide season. Beach culture is part of Gijón’s character, a culture that makes us what we are and that attracts thousands of bathers and walkers every year.
Gold. This is the hue of the stone with which Gijón’s history is built. The stone of the imposing Laboral City of Culture, Campo Valdés Roman Baths, the Roman Villa of Veranes, Campa de Torres Archaeology and Nature Park and the remains of the city wall protecting Cimavilla. Gold is the colour of the stone of the old roads that start in or pass through the city: the Via de la Plata Route and the northern of coastal road of St James’ Way. The golden hue of history is that of the skin of our city that dates back thousands of years.
Red and White. Our collective soul is that of a follower of Sporting de Gíjon, while El Molinón stadium is the temple where this collective rite is celebrated every other weekend. El Molinón is the oldest football field in Spain and has become yet another of the city’s tourist attractions. Though Gijón is not just about football: nautical sports, sports schools, public sports centres, private sport organizations, the “kilometrín” running track, footpaths and bicycle lanes afford Gijón an undeniably sporting profile that is on the rise. The result of this has been its designation as European City of Sport 2016.