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 weird and wonderful machinery, much of it once used in the region's ports, mines, foundries and power stations. There's a good dose of other railway paraphernalia too. Remember when train tickets were little rectangles of cardboard?

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1. Playa de Poniente

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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…

2. Acuario

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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…

3. Torre del Reloj

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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…

4. Roman Walls

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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…

5. Plaza de Jovellanos

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An enticing web of narrow lanes and small squares wraps itself around the landward side of Cimadevilla, though the area was significantly damaged during…

6. Museo Casa Natal de Jovellanos

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7. Playa de San Lorenzo

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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…

8. Termas Romanas

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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…