Gijon, with almost 2000 years of history, was once a roman settlement, which is evident from the many historic buildings dotted throughout the town, especially the mansions and houses between the marina and San Lorenzo.
Originally Gijon was formed between the hill of Santa Catalina and the fishing neighbourhood of Cimadevilla and is one of the most important cities in Asturias.
Gijon offers some very unusual characteristics. It is an active industrial centre, a highly traditional port, a monumental centre and a summer resort area. "El Musel" harbour located in Cimadevilla is one of the busiest in Spain today.
Interesting events and places to see in Gijon
Cerro de Santa Catalina
(Below) A park on the tip of the peninsula that provides a view of the outstretched coastline that forms the port. On the very edge of the peninsula is a sculpture the size of a house, Eligio del Horizonte, or Praise of the Horizon
The beaches near Gijon are beautiful, with golden sands and promenades. Some of the best attractions however are historical, the Roman baths being one of the most popular.
The Revillagigedo Palace
Medieval palaces within Gijon are very popular. The baroque Revillagigedo Palace dates back to the 18th century and the palace is now houses works of modern art with successful exhibitions every year.
Gijon is well known for its exhibitions and concerts
During the summer, you can enjoy a mixture of culture and fiesta at the "Semana Negra" (Black Week), where you can choose between attractions and good food or chats and meetings with the best comics and novelists.
The celebration of their 'holy boss', Santa Begoña, on August 15th is not to be missed. It's a week with lots of concerts and the 'Night of Fire', with 30 minutes of fireworks reserved for midnight on August the 14th.
You can also find many interesting things to do in winter. In November, the Gijon International Film Festival turns the city in the alternative cinema meeting point