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The coastal city of Gijon is located on the Bay of Biscay in the Asturias Province of north western Spain. As a coastal region, the city is well-known for its marvellous collection of sandy beaches that stretch majestically along its scenic coastline. The region also boasts a long and intriguing history, with archaeological evidence suggesting that the area has had human inhabitants since the ancient Palaeolithic area, through the Middle Ages up until the present day. This fascinating heritage is showcased at the many historic structures and interesting museums distributed throughout the city. The region’s wonderful attractions and areas of natural beauty blend seamlessly to generate a captivating atmosphere, enchanting the crowds of tourists who visit the region every year.
Gijon’s magnificent beaches are the pride of the region and attract many visitors, especially in the summer months. Some of the city’s most popular beaches include El Rinconin, Cervigon, San Lorenzo, Poniente and Arbeyal Beach, many of which also offer a variety of exhilarating water sports in their clean ocean waters. An exceptional selection of museums and historic buildings are also distributed throughout the city, such as the Roman Thermal Baths, Veranes Roman Town, Pueblu d'Asturies Museum, Nicanor Piñole Museum, Asturian Railway Museum, Barjola Museum and Revillagigedo Palace, all of which offer an insight into the city’s interesting culture and rich heritage.
The Gijon Aquarium houses around 60 different exhibits, showcasing aquatic species from around the world. Guided tours of the aquarium are available and displays include a ‘touch zone’, where guests can get up close to and feel a variety of small fish and starfish.
Atlantic Botanical Garden
The Atlantic Botanical Garden was the first of its kind to be constructed in Northern Spain. The garden focuses on Atlantic flora and vegetation as well as hosting a variety of local events, such as concerts and workshops.
Archaeological Park of Campa de Torres
Located 7km from the centre of Gijon is the Archaeological Park of Campa de Torres. This astonishing park is dedicated to preserving and conserving the archaeological remains discovered in this area of northern Spain. The various ruins and remains that can be found in the park include ancient Asturian structures and great examples of the region’s Roman history and heritage.
The city of Gijon is brimming with fantastic shopping districts found along the bustling streets of San Bernado, Los Moros, Corrida, Covadonga and Langreo. Here, visitors will find an exceptional range of stores, supermarkets and shopping precincts selling a variety of items including gifts, souvenirs, fashion garments and electronics. The Ecological and Crafts Market of Gijon is also a great place to purchase a selection of authentic local arts and crafts.
Locally produced cuisine, available in restaurants and cafes across the city, includes fresh seafood, meats, pastries and ciders. The majority of eateries around town will serve a range of local dishes alongside a selection of delicious international cuisine. The restaurants of Gijon boast menus filled with scrumptious meals, complimented by a warm and friendly atmosphere.
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