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This city is characterised by its status as a Villa. Its growth since its foundation in Roman times is due to the importance of its port and its industrial growth.
Gijón is a Spanish city with the historical category of town of the Principality of Astúrias, autonomous community of which is the most populated municipality. It is located in a bay 28 km from Asturias and 26 km from Avilés. If you are thinking of visiting the north of Spain, Gijón is an incredible option for its tourist attractions and above all, for AIDS lovers. In addition, you will find in the coastal route of Gijón, part of the Camino de Santiago. Below we recommend a few places to visit.
San Lorenzo Beach. San Lorenzo beach is one of the best urban beaches in Spain, an icon of the city of Gijón. You can enjoy this beach of more than a kilometre and a half of crescent-shaped golden sand and the waves of the Cantabrian Sea all year round, although it is in summer when it attracts the most tourists.
Neighbourhood of Cimavilla. The neighbourhood of Cimavilla, better known as the Barrio Alto, is the heart of the city of Gijón. The walk from the beach of San Lorenzo, mentioned above, will take you into the famous seaside neighbourhood and you can visit the Church of San Pedro, an essential site in Gijón if you visit the city: a gothic style temple built in the 15th century that became the parish church of the city until the end of the 19th century. Near San Pedro, you will find the Roman baths under the Campu Valdés and several remains of the Roman wall that limited the neighbourhood with its lower part. Going further into the city centre, you will find yourself in the Plazoleta de Jovellanos, where you can enjoy the architecture of the neighbourhood and the Jovellanos Birthplace Museum.
Revillagigedo Palace. The Revillagigedo Palace is located in the Cimavilla neighbourhood, near the Marina. This baroque palace was built in the 18th century but it was not until 1974 that it was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest.
Plaza Mayor. It is a large square surrounded by porticoed buildings built in the middle of the 19th century that will captivate your attention, especially the Gijón Town Hall.
Santa Catalina Hill. The Cerro de Santa Catalina is an iconic place in Gijón which is located on the Santa Catalina Peninsula and where you will find some old military buildings surrounded by nature. Once there you will find the Elogio del Horizonte, a huge concrete sculpture by Eduardo Chillida, which emits a soothing sound when it comes into contact with the wind.
Getting around on foot is recommended if you want to visit Gijón as the streets, promenades and avenues are designed for pedestrians, ensuring interrupted, safe and accessible pedestrian routes.
EMTUSA is the municipal urban transport company of Gijón. There are 19 bus lines that offer daytime service and 4 other lines called BÚHO that offer night service and daytime service in summer only.
The BÚHO lines are four lines that operate daily in summer (1 July to 31 August) with a frequency of 60 minutes. The rest of the year, they operate on Friday and Saturday nights. The fare is the same as the other regular services and transfers are free of charge. Each line makes a single journey from one area of the city to the Plaza del Humedal, and in the reverse direction.
Fares: -Regular ticket: €1.50 (you can get it on board the bus). -Bus card: 0,75€. -Minor 26 card : 0,70€. -+65 years card: 0,70€.
The tourist bus is a very popular option for tourists. This bus makes 9 stops at the most important points and areas of the city where you can get on and off as many times as you want, as the ticket has no limit during the day. The bus ticket must be purchased on the bus itself and the fare may vary.
Fares: -Adults: one day 16,00€, two consecutive days 22,40€ and last rotation 9,60€. -Children from 4 to 13 years old: one day 7€, two consecutive days 9,80€ and last rotation 4,20€. -Children under 4 years old: free - Over 65s: 15% discount on the sale price - Disabled people: 30% discount on the sale price.
Itinerary: Start and end: Terminal "El Fomentín". The bus starts and ends at Calle Rogríguez San Pedro next to the city's famous Letronas. Stop 1: Museo del Ferricarril/Aquarium: you can visit the Gijón Aquarium, the Railway Museum and the Poniente Beach. Stop 2: Calle Capua/Ciudadela de Celestino Solar: you can visit San Lorenzo Beach, next to the Ciudadela de Capua and the shopping streets of Gijón. Stop 3: Isabel la Católica Park: you can visit the Piles area and the Rinconín beach. Stop 4: Atlantic Botanical Garden: you will be able to visit a beautiful space surrounded by nature that offers you plant environments of the North Atlantic. Stop 5: Laboral City of Culture: you can visit the Laboral City of Culture, Laboral Art Centre and the Industrial Creation. Stop 6: Recinto Ferial/El Molinón: you can visit the Recinto Ferial and the Museu del Pueblu d'Asturies. Stop 7: Parque Fábrica del Gas: it is located in Menéndez Pelayo Street, which leads to San Lorenzo Beach. This neighbourhood, called Arena, has a wide range of restaurants and bars. Stop 8: Plaza del Parchís: you can visit the Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto, the Escuela de Comercio and the commercial streets of the city. Stop 9: Plaza del Carmen: the route ends next to Calle Corrida, the most emblematic street in Gijón, which is right in the centre.
Timetable: The timetable of the tourist bus operation is from 11:00 to 15:00 hours and from 16:00 to 22:00, with a frequency of service every hour and only open in summer. It should be noted that the buses leave the start and end bus stops on the hour and that the last departure takes place 1 hour before the fixed timetable.
Taxi is the most comfortable option to go from Oviedo Airport (OVD) to the centre of Gijón but it costs between 80-100€ and takes about 26 minutes. Taxi fares will depend on the day (whether it is a weekend or a public holiday) and the time of day; fares increase at night. In addition, there may be supplements for luggage, pets, extra people (as they only have capacity for 4 people), etc.
Approximate rates are as follows:
The bicycle is also a very useful means of transport to get to know the city as it has more than 30 kilometres of cycle lanes and paths that could be visited. As in many places, if you don't have a bike, you can rent one in the shops specialised in bike rentals throughout Gijón.
Gijón is served by RENFE and FEVE, which communicate the municipality by train with the rest of the community of Asturias and Spain. And, in addition, RENFE has daily routes to cities like Barcelona, Madrid and / or Alicante or other cities in the country.
If you choose to travel by private car, the A-66 and AP-66 motorways are the most convenient routes for travelling from the south of the peninsula or the National Road N-630. To travel from the east or west, the Cantabrian area is connected by the N-634 national road.
Gijón is a very touristy place, especially at weekends and holidays and during Easter and summer, which is why parking is more difficult at these times of the year. The busiest areas are usually the San Lorenzo and Poniente beaches, the Cimavilla neighbourhood and the Marina. To avoid wasting time and make the most of your stay in the city, the best alternative is to park your car in a car park in Gijón and forget about that worry. In Parkimeter you can find the car park that best suits your needs, that is closest to the places you want to visit and you can compare prices and evaluate which is the best option.
Most of the streets in the centre of Gijón are blue zone. So if you manage to park on the street, you should know the types of parking you can find in the city:
Orange zone (exclusively for residents): the resident's badge entitles registered residents to the exclusive use of free parking spaces in the neighbourhood, district or zone. Outside the limits, it is not valid.
Green zone (mixed use, rotation and for residents): has a limited duration depending on the day and time of the week. For non-residents, once the maximum authorised time has elapsed, the vehicle may not be parked in the same zone it originally occupied. Outside the established times, access to the green zone parking spaces will be free. *In the green zone (non-residents): parking is allowed for a maximum of 2 hours. Although residents may park in the zone without time limit.
Rates: - 10 minutes (minimum): 0,20€. - 1 hour: €1.25 - 2 hours (maximum): 2,50€. *Intermediate fractions of €0.10 are available.
Blue zone (mixed use, rotation and for residents): has a limited duration depending on the day and time of the week. For non-residents, once the maximum authorised time has elapsed, the vehicle may park again in the same zone it originally occupied if it has previously obtained the necessary ticket. Outside the established times, access to the green zone parking spaces is free. In the blue zone, parking is permitted for a maximum of 9 hours (full day).
Opening hours: - Monday to Friday: from 09:00 to 14:00 h and from 16:00 to 20:00 h. - Saturday: from 09:00 to 14:00 h. - Sundays and public holidays: free of charge
Fares: - 13 minutes (minimum): 0,20€. - 30 minutes: 0,45€. - 1 hour: 0,95€. - 1,30 hours: 1,35€. - 2 hours: 1,90€. - 3 hours: 2,85€. - 4 hours: 3,80€. - 5 hours: 4,75€. - 6 hours: 5,70€. - 7 hours: 6,65€. - 8 hours: 7,60€. - 9 hours (maximum): 8,55€.
-Red zone (exclusively for high rotation: the red zone parking spaces will be freely accessible outside the established timetables. Once the maximum authorised time has elapsed, the vehicle may not be parked in the same zone it previously occupied.
*Some zones are in the implementation phase.
It is important to know that vehicles without an environmental badge may not park in the O.R.A. zone (Ordinance for the Regulation of Parking) except: - Resident in their O.R.A zone who will be able to park without an environmental sticker until 2025. - Commercial and industrial vehicles with a parking permit until December 2022. - Vehicles that can prove they have a parking card for people with reduced mobility. - Those that are considered to be historic vehicles.