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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 dishes …
Asturian in Gijón

La Galana

The front bar is a boisterous sidrería for snacking on tapas (€8 to €18) accompanied by free-flowing cider. For a smarter dining experience, head to the spacious back room with mural-covered ceilings. Fish – like wi…
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, later …
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 Michelin…
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 li…
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 …
Food & Drink in Gijón

Fiesta de la Sidra Natural

Gijón’s cider festival includes brewery tours, free tastings and an annual attempt on the world record number of people sim­ultaneously pouring cider (9403 people in 2017). It takes place on Playa de Poniente during…
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…