What to do and see in Gijon, Spain: The Best Places and Tips

December 8, 2017 Frederic Celentano

This port city of about 275,000 on Spain’s north coast began 3,000 years ago as a fishing village. Today it’s a departure point for regional cruises, making it busy in summer (and making us wonder what those ancient fisherman would have thought of cruise ships). The original village, Cimadevilla, with its narrow, cobblestone streets, draws many tourists, and Cerro de Santa Catalina park at the tip of Cimadevilla’s peninsula provides great coastal views.
Restaurants in Gijon

1. Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura

Calle de Luis Moya Blanco 261, 33203, Gijon, Spain +34 902 30 66 00
Excellent
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Good
29%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura

Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura es el resultado de un proyecto de transformacion que el Gobierno del Principado de Asturias acometio en 2001 con el fin de dar nueva vida al edificio de la Antigua Universidad Laboral de Gijon.El proyecto vio la luz en marzo de 2007: nacia Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura, una ciudad cultural del siglo XXI, abierta plural, en la que hay espacio para todo tipo de espectaculos y propuestas de ocio.La sede de Radiotelevision del Principado de Asturias en el antiguo Convento de las Clarisas, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial, el Centro Integrado de Formacion Profesional, el Patio Corintio que alberga la Tienda, la Torre, la Escuela de Arte Dramatico y Profesional de Danza, la Iglesia, el Cafe, el Teatro, el Paraninfo y la Facultad de Comercio, Turismo y Ciencias Sociales "Jovellanos", son algunos de los espacios que tienen su sede en la Ciudad de la Cultura.La tarea de recuperacion del monumental edificio con nuevos usos relacionados con la cultura, la formacion y la creacion, aun esta en marcha, en un apasionante proceso que no cesa y en el que nuevos espacios se Iran sumando de forma paulatina hasta completar una ciudad singular.Laboral City of Culture is the result of a transformation project the Government of the Principality of Asturias undertook in 2001 in order to give new life to the building of the old Laboral University of Gijon.The project became a reality in March 2007: it was the birth of La Laboral City of Culture, an open and plural 21st Century cultural city, offering space for all kinds of shows and leisure proposals.The headquarters of the Principality of Asturias Broadcasting Corporation in the old Convent of Clarissa nuns, LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Centre, the Integrated Professional Training Centre, the Corinthian Patio housing the Shop, the Tower, the College of Dramatic Art and Professional Dance, the Church, the Cafe, the Theatre, the Auditorium and the Jovellanos University College, are some of the spaces with their headquarters in the City of Culture.The task of recovering the monumental building with new uses related to culture, training and creation, is still underway in a thrilling non-stop process, which will gradually add new spaces up until the completion of this singular city.

Reviewed By Jose Luis G - San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico

This is probably one of the most beautiful university buildings I've ever visited. Probably the education level is not as good and recognized as Harvard, Trinity or Cambridge, but for sure the architectural design is way better and much more beautiful. Allow 1 hour for...MoreThank you very much!!

2. Mirador parque de La Providencia

Camino de San Lorenzo 83 | Parque de la Providencia, 33203, Gijon, Spain
Excellent
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Mirador parque de La Providencia

Reviewed By Jota2015Ce - Madrid, Spain

Mirador con bonitas vistas situado en un parque muy agradable. Hay un aparcamiento gratuito muy amplio y es muy recomendable ir en coche ya que el mirador está alejado del centro de Gijón.

3. Jardin Botanico Atlantico

Avenida Jardin Botanico 2230, 33203, Gijon, Spain +34 985 18 51 30
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 866 reviews

Jardin Botanico Atlantico

Reviewed By John L - Shropshire, United Kingdom

Despite the decent map, we still managed to miss one of the four areas. We decided we'd walked far enough, so pressed on. The full walk is 1 1/2 hours through themed areas. The Gardens are well laid out with excellent labelling in both Spanish and English - I particularly liked the origin being shown, it is amazing to find how many of our common garden plants come from exotic places - those Victorian plant collectors have a lot to be thanked for.
We were there on a Sunday morning; the coffee shop seemed to be a gathering place for mums with babies but, otherwise, there were few people and it was pleasant to walk alone a lot of the time. One theme dealt with plants that lived in difficult situations, so high mountain plants were next to tidal and bog plants - the tidal area had an artificial tide and salt added to the water to provide the conditions needed.
A very friendly place, we had conversations with a number of other visitors. For two elderlies, the cost was Euro 2.70 so hardly expensive for the experience.

4. Monumento a la Madre del emigrante

Paseo del Rinconin, Gijon, Spain
Excellent
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4.5 based on 273 reviews

Monumento a la Madre del emigrante

Reviewed By AndyLFC_9 - Daventry, United Kingdom

The look on her face alone reflects the anguish. This is a stunning sculpture in a perfect setting.
You need to know the basis of the history, and Asturias place in the Civil War, ideally; but it's well worth the 10/15 minute walk from the bridge over the river mouth.
Stunning.

5. Playa de San Lorenzo

Gijon, Spain
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Playa de San Lorenzo

Reviewed By Salvador H - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Extended sand areas, a cozy port fro small vessels, a big crowd just lying down enjoying the beach is what you can expect from Playa de San Lorenzo. A nice Promenade.

6. Santa Catalina Headland (Cerro de Santa Catalina)

Gijon, Spain
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Santa Catalina Headland (Cerro de Santa Catalina)

Reviewed By peetajohn - Worcester, United Kingdom

This s a pleasant stroll around the promontory but nothing you would say was particularly interesting or exciting. The concrete artwork structure at the end is a bit weird and to me, not very interesting. There are good views over the sea, but nothing of real interest. There are the remains of some old gun emplacements but otherwise it is mainly grass and bushes..
So whilst we had a pleasant and relaxing stroll around this area, it does not have a lot going for it other than offer a relaxing walk.

7. Barrio de Cimadevilla

Gijon, Spain
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 180 reviews

Barrio de Cimadevilla

Reviewed By moot - Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom

A pleasant area to walk around including the Gardens taking you to the top and the older medieval area of the city. It takes you from the playa de Lorenzo around to the Puerto Deportivo.

8. Museu del Pueblu d'Asturies

Paseo Dr Fleming | La Güelga, Gijon, Spain +34 985 18 29 60
Excellent
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4.5 based on 172 reviews

Museu del Pueblu d'Asturies

Reviewed By Gabriel P - London, United Kingdom

Great museum covering all sorts of Asturian cultural practices (there's a sidra house, for example). If you head out into the countryside wondering what on Earth all those weird stilted wooden huts are, you only have yourself to blame for not visiting this informative museum!

9. Acuario de Gijon

Playa de Poniente s/n, 33212, Gijon, Spain +34 985 18 52 20
Excellent
35%
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 905 reviews

Acuario de Gijon

Reviewed By Jacques F - London, United Kingdom

Great place for a family day out. Lots to see and tickets include lunch. Situation right on the coast, so easy access to the beach and water straight after. Pros - location, staff, price and animals Cons - parking not freeThank you so much. Hope to see you again!

10. Elogio Del Horizonte

Calle Camin de la Fontica, s/n, Gijon, 33201, Gijon, Spain
Excellent
43%
Good
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Poor
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4 based on 328 reviews

Elogio Del Horizonte

Reviewed By moot - Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom

This concrete sculpture, created in 1990 and facing out to sea, is by Basque artist Eduardo Chillida. After initial resistance it has become a symbol of the city. Easy to access from the city centre and beach areas at the top of Cimadevilla (the oldest part of Gijón). Apparently Chillida designed it to be admired from the inside.

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