Gijón attractions

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 de …
Museum in Gijón

Museo del Ferrocarrils de Asturias

Gijón’s excellent railway museum explores the important and multifaceted roles of trains in Asturian history, with 50 locomotives and carriages, informative displays and plenty of railway paraphernalia. It’s housed …
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 Ovie…
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 hom…
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 fringi…
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 to b…
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 buses…
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 typic…
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 cr…
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 oceans…