The University of Gijon, old beige buildings and tower in the middle.

Highlights of Gijon

The energy in Gijon is palpable. In this city, we can see the old fishermen’s quarter, the yachting harbor, and the country’s largest and most spectacular building.

Included in your cruise
  • Cimadevilla: Old quarter and fishermen’s quarter
  • Yachting harbor and Queen’s Gardens
  • Laboral, City of Culture, is the country’s largest building and one of its most spectacular.
  • La Providencia viewpoint
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Easy

  • Duration

    3h15

  • Max. passengers

    500

  • Booking Code

    INCL–GIJ1

  • Notices

    Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

Gijón has a rich Celtic history and was subsequently occupied by the Romans. Today, it is a maritime capital that boasts of being the ‘most alive city’ in the Principality of Asturias. Its cheerful character and hospitality are the defining qualities of its locals, who are nicknamed the ‘wet bottoms’ and whose anecdotes you will discover during the tour. Walking tour highlights: The old fishermen’s port, today the yachting harbor, which is a port of call for international regattas; the Queen’s Gardens, where the Queen Elisabeth II of Spain and Mary Christine Habsburg-Lorreine were officially received. Here, the name of the city has been highlighted since 2011, and some of its letters have designs filled with special meanings for you to discover; the stunning 18th-century Revillagigedo Palace, a masterpiece of civil architecture; the Main Square, featuring a neoclassical City Hall, elegant arcades, and the Asturias Hotel, where the film Begin the Beguine was shot in 1981 (the first Spanish film to win an Oscar for non-English-speaking film); the old Fish Market; the Saint Peter Church parish facing the sea; and the Royal Nautical Club, opened in 1911 under the patronage of King Alfons; as well as the remains of the Roman walls and the Roman baths (from the outside). Panoramic Sightseeing Tour along San Lorenzo Bay, Queen Elisabeth Park, Molinón Football Stadium (the first in Spain), and the hippodrome where the international horse-jumping competition takes place every summer.

Stop at Laboral, City of Culture, the largest building in the whole country and the first Technical University in Spain. It was built in the 1950s, but is inspired by monuments from ancient times, giving this spectacular building an interesting halo of antiquity. Currently called City of Culture, it hosts all kinds of cultural and musical events throughout the year. Panoramic sightseeing tour through the Garden City, where the local 19th-century bourgeoisie settled. Then we move toward the Providencia Viewpoint, from which you can enjoy spectacular views of the whole city. This is the second-farthest point north in Spain (and your cruise). The only thing difficult about this city is pronouncing its name. That aside, the smell of the sea and its warm people will make you feel like at home. We are waiting with open arms.

Practical information:

  • Language: English.

  • Included: Bottles of water

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

  • Walking information: 0.75 miles in all (0.62 in Cimadevilla and 0.13 in City of Culture) Flat terrain

  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes.