You need only climb up to Santa Catalina Headland, above the old fishing quarter, to realize the grandeur of the setting in which Gijón is nestled. From there, the whole city, the entire coastline of the borough with its cliffs and beaches, and the high mountains further inland can be made out all the way to the Picos de Europa. Green and blue rule here.
Gijón, the largest city in Asturias, can be proud of perfectly combining its urban fabric with nature, tradition with modernity, the peace and quiet of some of its corners with the hustle and bustle and atmosphere of its ever-busy city centre. Gijon offers a vast array of cultural, gastronomic and sporting activities, not to mention the enviable greenbelt that surrounds it. It possesses all the necessary elements to constitute one of the most responsible major cities in the north of Spain in terms of sustainability.
This can be perceived on its beaches. The city has no less than 10 beaches. Some right in the city centre like San Lorenzo Beach and others further afield in the countryside where peace and quiet reign, such as Serín Beach and Estaño Beach. Poniente Beach also boasts all the amenities for people with problems of mobility.
Activities for one and all
All Gijón’s beaches are linked by the coastal path, which can be explored on foot, bike or horseback and which offers spectacular viewpoints over the Bay of Biscay. It is not the only option if you want to go walking, though. A network of greenways start out from the city centre itself, following not only the coastline, but also running through meadowland and wetlands and along riverbanks… from the city to the countryside in a step (or two!).
This setting is suitable for many activities: surfing and water sports courses, sailing, diving and snorkelling, horseback riding, ballooning and paragliding. And others for the less daring, like visiting cider mills, participating in cheese tastings or receiving seawater-therapy treatments.
What Gijon offers is enriched by all of Asturias’ attractions. Our city is strategically located in the centre of the region, allowing it to serve as base camp for discovering: fishing towns such as Tazones, Cudillero and Lastres; emblematic spots in the Principality such as Cape Peñas, Covadonga, the Picos de Europe and the Bear’s Trail; the finest examples of Asturian Pre-Romanesque Art, which jointly make up a listed World Heritage Site; and the other two cities in the region, Oviedo and Avilés.
How to get here
Now, getting to Gijón is easier than ever. Gijón is well linked via the Autopista del Cantábrico (A8) motorway 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!