Museum in Gijón

Museo del Ferrocarril de Asturias

Trains have played a big part in Asturias' story and Gijón’s excellent railway museum, housed in a 19th-century former station, has a fascinating collection of 50 locomotives and carriages and all sorts of other...

Public Art in Gijón

Elogio del Horizonte

The 1990 Elogio del Horizonte ('In Praise of the Horizon') is a bold, sea-facing concrete sculpture by Basque artist Eduardo Chillida that has become a symbol of the city. Standing in the grassy Parque del Cerro...

Architecture in Gijón

Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura

Constructed as a Jesuit-run universidad laboral (vocational training centre), the austerely grand 1940s-vintage ‘Laboral,’ 5km southeast of the centre, is now a dynamic arts and education centre housing part of...

Square in Gijón

Plaza de Jovellanos

An enticing web of narrow lanes and small squares wraps itself around the landward side of Cimadevilla, though the area was significantly damaged during the civil war. The Plaza de Jovellanos is dominated by the...

Gardens in Gijón

Jardín Botánico Atlántico

This verdant botanical garden – featuring 2000 different species – offers a lovely break from the chaotic city centre and is an excellent introduction to the flora of Spain’s north coast and other territories...

Park in Gijón

Parque del Cerro Santa Catalina

It's well worth wandering up through Cimavilla to this grassy, breezy, cliff-top park with great views. It's home to Eduardo Chillida's 1990 sculpture Elogio del Horizonte, which has become something of a Gijón...

Beach in Gijón

Playa de Poniente

Playa de Poniente, to the west of Cimadevilla, has imported sand and is much broader than the east-side Playa de San Lorenzo. During Gijón’s famous late-August cider festival, it’s the site of an annual attempt...

Archaeological Site in Gijón

Villa Romana de Veranes

About 12km southwest of Gijón lie the excavated remains of this 4th-century Roman villa. The main building was transformed into a church in the Middle Ages and some original Roman mosaics have survived. Hourly...

Museum in Gijón

Muséu del Pueblu d’Asturies

This museum, 2.5km east of the Plaza Mayor, is devoted to traditional Asturian culture, with exhibits on bagpipes, cooking, carriages and even 19th-century silk dance-party dresses. Its grounds contain various...

Museum in Gijón

Museo Casa Natal de Jovellanos

Dominating the Plaza de Jovellanos, the home of 18th century Enlightenment politician Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos now houses the Museo Casa Natal de Jovellanos. Inside, you’ll find artwork by a range of Asturian...

Aquarium in Gijón

Acuario

About 1.5km west from the Cimadevilla area, Gijón’s singular aquarium houses around 4000 specimens, from otters and penguins to sharks and starfish, in 12 separate underwater environments – including tropical...

Archaeological Site in Gijón

Termas Romanas

On the southeast edge of Cimadevilla (underneath the Campo Valdés) are the town’s Roman baths, built around AD 100. The underground museum’s detailed info is in Spanish only, but you can wander the boardwalks...

Walls in Gijón

Roman Walls

Head west from Plaza de Jovellanos towards Calle Recoletas to find a reconstructed 850m-long remnant of Gijón’s Roman walls and towers, built between the late 3rd and early 4th century AD.

Beach in Gijón

Playa de San Lorenzo

Spreading east from Cimadevilla, Gijón’s main city beach is a surprisingly good, clean 1.5km strip with a bit of surf, but it virtually disappears when the tide comes in.

Tower in Gijón

Torre del Reloj

Built in 1572 atop the ruins of Gijón’s Roman walls, this striking, reddish-hued tower has a long and varied history, including stints as the city’s jail and town hall.