Asturian in Gijón

Restaurante Ciudadela

Like most Gijón eateries, Ciudadela has a front tapas bar backed by a dining room, but here they’re combined with a unique, cave-like basement recreating a Castilian bodega of yesteryear. Carefully concocted...

Asturian in Gijón

La Galana

The front bar is a boisterous sidrería (cider bar) for snacking on tapas (€6 to €9) or raciones, accompanied by free-flowing cider. For sit-down dining, head to the spacious back room with mural-covered ceilings....

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...

Asturian in Gijón

Gloria

Shiny gastrobar Gloria's shortish but sweet menu includes the likes of blanched octopus in a garlicy sauce, or veal ribs with chimichurri, but also simpler ham croquettes or Asturian cheese platters. Many dishes...

Cafe in Gijón

Toma3

With cushy velvet sofas and contemporary art on its whitewashed walls, this delightfully cosy, family-friendly coffee lounge and bookshop makes the perfect peaceful spot to linger over your café con leche or,...

Asturian in Gijón

Casa Gerardo

About 12km west of Gijón, this stone-fronted modern-rustic house has been serving top-quality local cooking since 1882. Five generations of the Morán family have refined their art to the point of snagging a...

Food & Drink in Gijón

Fiesta de la Sidra Natural

Gijón’s week-long cider festival includes brewery tours, free tastings and cider-drinking music and song, and climaxes with a classic piece of Spanish multitudinous madness: the annual attempt to set a new world...

Cocktail Bar in Gijón

Varsovia

Bottles tower up to the ceiling at this sensational, split-level, open-stone-walled cocktail bar opposite the waterfront. Soak up the Playa de San Lorenzo scene through huge arched windows while sipping ambitious...

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...

Asturian in Gijón

Tierra Astur

Brave the ugly apartment-block exterior and jump in line at this buzzing sidrería-restaurant, a favourite among locals and tourists alike. Sizzling meats and grilled seafood are the focus, but platters of...

Health Food in Gijón

Rawcoco

A refreshing novelty for Asturias, this chic modern ‘green bar’ with neo-rustic decor whips up delicious fresh juices, creative smoothies (try a ‘healthy skin’ blend of ginger, avocado, pineapple, cucumber, apple...

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...

Bar in Gijón

El Patio de la Favorita

Pull up a tall stool with Plaza de San Lorenzo views at this sultry, sophisticated hangout, where gold-sequinned lamps dangle from the ceiling and elegantly prepared cocktails arrive with giraffe-shaped stirrers....