In the Plaza Mayor we can admire the construction of the Town Hall (s. XIX), while in the one of Jovellanos we find the Museum of Gijón Birthplace of Jovellanos, politician and illustrated writer born in this city. This building, from the 16th century, contains memories and pictorial and sculptural works by various artists. Attached to this building is the chapel of the Remedios, where his tomb is located.
In the square of the Marquis, looking at the marina, stand the Palace of Revillagigedo and the Collegiate Church of San Juan Bautista, currently dedicated to exhibitions of modern art. Versed on contemporary painting and sculpture is the Barloja Museum, located on La Trinidad Street.
In the surroundings of the so-called Campo Valdés are located the Palace Valdés, construction of the sixteenth century that was in times Tobacco Factory, the church of San Pedro and the Roman baths. The Roman presence of the IV Macedonian Legion in the city is evident in this hypocaust, rooms where hot air was produced for the hot springs, dating from the first centuries of our era, and in the remains found of the ancient walls. All this with a view of the cove of Gijón and the extensive beach of San Lorenzo.
The modern city has a rationalist layout with abundant squares and green areas such as the Nautical Gardens, Begoña or Queen. It is worth visiting the shops of Carrer Corrida, the old cafés and cider bars of Paseo Begoña or walking down Calle Uría and Menéndez Valdés to the Teatro Jovellanos. At the other end of the beach of San Lorenzo flows the river Piles, delimiting with its bed the English Park and the Park of Isabel la Católica.
On the other side of the Piles opens the fairgrounds, where the inexcusable visits are to the Ethnographic Museum of the People of Asturias, the Hórreo Museum (Asturian construction to save grain) and the International Museum of the Gaita, where we can learn more about this typical Asturian instrument.
Beyond that begins the residential neighborhood of Somió, one of the first “garden-city” to be built in Spain. One of these houses surrounded by gardens shelters the Evaristo Valle Foundation, dedicated to the painter and his work. A little further away from the city center you can visit the Labor University, architectural complex of granite and marble, work of Moya Blanco.
An interesting place to learn about the industrial history of Asturias, is the Railway Museum, near the marina from where we can approach the archaeological park of Campa de Torres. Here is the industrial port of Gijón, the Musel.
The situation of Gijón, in the heart of the Costa Verde and halfway between the West and the Asturian East, is a perfect starting point to travel both its coastline and the interior. The eastern coast invites us to explore its extensive beaches with historic towns such as Ribadesella and Llanes, and fishing villages such as Lastres or Tazones. All this accompanied by prehistoric sites such as the caves of Tito Bustillo or samples of Indian architecture (characteristic of the Asturians who returned enriched after making the Americas) as we can see in Colombres.
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