Gijón is a working city right on the Atlantic coast in the northern Spanish region of Asturias.
Separated from the rest of Spain by high mountains, this part of the country has a flavour and climate very different to what you’ll find in Mediterranean areas.
Attractions in Gijón will inform you about the industrial age in Northern Spain and the city’s close relationship with the ocean.
There are also pieces of Roman history here, and if you journey outside the city the landscapes, both inland where there are lush meadows and deciduous woodland, and on the coast with its widescreen beaches and rocky headlands.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Gijón:
1. Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura
About three kilometres east of the city is a gargantuan Franco-era university campus that despite being built in the 50s was falling into disrepair by the 1990s.
There isn’t another 20th-century building like it in Asturias, so in an effort to preserve this place it’s become a multi-use cultural centre.
The structures are used by the University of Oviedo, and there’s an exhibition hall and a 1,500-seater theatre, as well as a cafe.
You can also wander through the gardens, and even play a round of golf The 117-metre tower is the tallest building in Asturias, modelled on Seville’s Giralda, with the best views of Gijón from the top.