Situated midway along the Cantabrian Coast, right on the Northern Route to Santiago, Gijón smells of sea and culture. Without a doubt, there are many reasons to visit this spectacular city.
...because of its Roman past, as may be appreciated in its Baths, Ramparts, Campa Torres Archaeological Park and Villa de Veranes. Gijón is the northern tip of the Ruta de la Plata, the great route that linked the Cantabrian Coast with the lands of Southern Hispania.
...because of its museums, the most important network of museums in the Principality, in which outstanding exhibitions of fine arts, folk, industrial heritage and archaeological remains of major interest are held.
...because of its sculptural and architectural heritage. Ranging from the most avant-garde sculptures, such as the one that is the city's symbol, Eduardo Chillida's Eulogy of the Horizon, to examples of the architecture of all the different periods: pre-Roman hill-forts, Romanesque churches, 18th-century mansions, Modernist buildings or the Universidad Laboral.
…because it is a green municipality, with more than 15,000 square metres of green spaces and 5,000 trees within the city limits, as well as 160 square kilometres of surrounding countryside, dotted with picnic areas and natural resources. Worthy of note is the Atlantic Botanical Gardens, a 16-hectare space designed to accommodate more than 30,000 plants and up to 2,000 species, offering a variety of activities all year round.
...because of its gastronomy. Eating in Gijón is a pleasure that fits all budgets. Ranging from the most traditional cuisine to the most innovative at the hands of Gijón's restaurateurs, with outstanding fish and shellfish from the Cantabrian Sea, and delicious fermented cider and local desserts.
…because of the variety of shopping opportunities, in modern local shops that offer a great variety of articles and which are characterized by their personalized, direct relationship with customers, or because of the attractive craft products made in Gijón and appetizing gastronomic purchases.
...all year round, because of the diversity of shows, activities, fiestas, fairs and major events such as Antroxu (Carnival), Noir Week, the Latin American Book Week, the International Folklore Festival, the International Show, Semana Grande (Grand Week), the Natural Cider Festival, the International Horse Show or the Cinema Festival, that are all held in Gijón.
...because of its privileged position overlooking the sea, which makes it the ideal spot to practise nautical sports such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing, canoeing, scuba diving, sailboat trips, etc…
…because of its climate, characteristically moderate, with an average annual temperature of 15ºC and gentle fluctuations between lows and highs as well as regularly distributed rainfall.