Gijón is the largest city and municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain, in south west Europe.
The Atlantic Botanical Gardens (3km from town) are organised into four major areas. You can also find almost 100 species of birds here too.
Remains of pre-roman settlements can be found at the Campa Torres Natural and Archaeological Park, located at Cabo Torres. The site extends over 50,000 square metres is made up of several different areas.
Museums include Museum of the Asturian People, Railroad Museum of Asturias, Roman Terms Museum of Campo Valdés and the International Bagpipe Museum.
The Villa Romana de Veranes is 12km southwest of Gijón. The main remaining building, was transformed into a church in the Middle Ages, and some original Roman mosaics have survived.
Revillagigedo Palace and Museum (Marqués square, near City Hall), Gijón Aquarium and the Roman thermal baths are other places of interest.
Activities on offer include hiking, quad bikes, horse riding, paragliding, hot-air ballooning, rafting and cycling.
You can explore the city on foot, by bike or hire a Segway and take a guided tour.
During the summer, a tourist bus runs which stops at some of the more popular sites such as the Railway Museum, Isabel La Catolica Park, Laboral City of Culture and the Botanical Gardens.
The area has many beaches and something for everyone. Estaño Beach is a small sand/gravel beach with a natural swimming pool, Peñarrubia is a nudist beach, surrounded by high cliffs, El Rinconin, Cervigon and San Lorenzo beaches have many facilities and are very popular and the small sand beach at Arbeyal has calm waters and good facilities.
Where You’re Docked
The cruise port is around 6km from the center of town.
There are usually shuttle buses available.
For the Disabled Cruiser using public transportation in Gijon, single-deck, low floor buses are common. They have no steps inside and in most cases have ramps that can be used by individuals in wheelchairs.
If you call any taxi company and ask for a ‘Eurotaxi’ you should be sent one adapted for wheelchair users.
The official currency is the euro.
The official language in Gijon is Spanish.
Local crafts and ecological products can be found at the Ecological and Crafts Market of Gijon. There are also many shopping centers and precincts in town particularly the streets of San Bernardo, Los Moros, Corrida, Menéndez Valdés, Langreo, Asturias and Álvarez Garaya.
Gijon is famous for it’s abundant fish and seafood (prawns, octopus, scallops and rice and clams), meat dishes (beef, venison and lamb), cider and delicious pastries.
Points of Interest
- Atlantic Botanical Garden Gijon – features over 2000 varieties of plants, many of which are native to northern Spain and the Atlantic coastal regions. Two of the highlights include the Garden of the Island; a historical garden dating back more than 150 years, and the Natural Monument of La Carbayeda El Tragamón, a natural forest with 400-year-old trees. For the Disabled Cruiser, the entrance, reception area and store are free of obstacles and without level changes. The customer service desk has two heights for easy access. The garden has four accessible restroom areas throughout. It also has an accessible cafeteria and walkable museum.
- Museo Casa Natal de Jovellanos – This museum is the birthplace of the Age of Enlightenment politician, philosopher and author Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos (1744-1811). It sits on the grand square of the same name and is a beautiful 18th-century building. On the main floor, exhibits display objects from his life, as well as original pieces of furniture.
- Playa de San Lorenzo Beach – The Playa is a great sandy beach that curves round the bay from the Yacht Club, with a good esplanade for those who are walking rather than swimming or sunbathing. It is a comfortable walk along the playa with plenty of seating for a comfortable rest.
Gijon Accessible Excursions
There are no organized accessible shore excursions in Gijon.