Gijón is one of the cities in Asturias with the most places to visit. And that is why we recommend a couple of days to get to know it in depth. In this article we tell you the best things to see in Gijón in two days.
It is the largest city in Asturias, less than 30km from Oviedo, with a great artistic heritage, a wide variety of activities to do in two days, and also the sea and its wonderful beaches.
We are talking about a city that will surprise you and here you will find out how to get to know it in two days to enjoy the best things to see in Gijón.
A walk with the best things to see in Gijón in two days
What to see in Gijón the first day
Our walk through Gijón this first day can begin next to the city’s port, from where we will access the Cimadevilla neighborhood, located on the Cerro de Santa Catalina, and which is the oldest part of the city.
In this neighborhood we can see numerous archaeological remains and some labyrinthine streets of what has always been a fishermen’s neighborhood.
The Plaza del Marqués is in the lower part of the neighborhood and is the gateway to it. Here, we can admire the Revillagigedo Palace, one of the best things to see in Gijón in two days and one of the most beautiful palaces in the city. Inside there is an international center for contemporary art and next to it we can admire the Collegiate Church of San Juan Bautista.
Walking through the neighborhood we will ascend to the Cerro de Santa Catalina, where we can enjoy beautiful views of the sea and the beaches as well as Elogio del Horizonte, one of the most emblematic monuments of Gijón, the work of Eduardo Chillida.
If we begin to descend we will arrive at the Roman Baths, remains of public baths from the 1st century and the famous Church of San Pedro, located by the sea and one of the jewels to visit in Gijón in two days. The original Gothic was destroyed in the Civil War, but the current one from 1945 forms a spectacular ensemble next to San Lorenzo Beach.
From there we can walk to Plaza de Jovellanos, where the Casa Natal de Jovellanos is located, Gijón’s main museum. The historic politician who worked with King Carlos III was born there and it is a must-see. Nearby is the Plaza Mayor, where the Town Hall is located.
From there, the must-see is Playa de San Lorenzo, the most beautiful in the city, one of the 3 to visit in Gijón. It is a very popular place for both tourists and inhabitants of the city and we recommend you move away a bit to admire the ensemble that it forms with the Church of San Pedro.
This is how our first day in Gijón ends.
What to do on the second day in Gijón
This second day in Gijón we are going to really start it on the outskirts of the city, very far from the city center, but it is because in this area there are two of the main places to see in Gijón in two days.
We go to the parish of Cabueñes where the Labor University of Gijón is located, built in the middle of the 20th century, being the largest building in Spain. It was created as a mining orphanage after a serious accident in an Asturian mine, to which labor universities dedicated to the training of orphans were added.
Currently, the Universidad Laboral has different uses and various cultural activities and a visit is a must to admire its architecture, its squares, its theater, its church and of course, its famous 130-meter tower that you can climb.
Nearby is the second place to visit in the parish of Cabueñes, the Atlantic Botanical Garden, 25 hectares in size and where we can learn about various plant species from the entire Iberian Peninsula, paying special attention to the Atlantic and Cantabrian ecosystems.
From here we can take the bus, walk or travel in our own car to the center of Gijón, to continue on our way. We can continue through the Begoña Park to the Jovellanos Theatre, the Casino de Asturias and arrive at Poniente Beach, at one end of which is the Gijón Aquarium.
The Gijón Aquarium is also a must-see in this city, with more than 250 marine and freshwater species, making it one of the best aquariums to visit in Spain. If you go with children, of course, essential.
Thus ends our two-day visit to Gijón. You can return to the center, through the area of the Plaza Mayor or San Lorenzo Beach, to end the day and remember everything you experienced in the beautiful city of Gijón.
You can find more information about Gijón on its official tourism page.