Introduction to Gijon
The comforts of a modern city with the historic taste of the region of Asturias surrounding it. During spring the Atlantic brings cold nights and rainy mornings, and snow for the mountains nearby. However, by afternoon, the clouds break off from the sea and the sun shines, urging everything on toward summer.
Located on Spain’s Atlantic Coastline, lively Gijon is one of Spain’s most important port cities. With a seafaring history and maritime heritage that dates back to Roman times, Gijon has – as you would expect – a large number of historic buildings, monuments and museums to enjoy as well as gorgeous beaches and beautiful landscapes.
Places of interest include the 19th century City Hall in Plaza Mayor, the Collegiate Church of San Juan Bautista, the Barloja Museum and the roman baths of the 16th century Valdes Palace. Those who prefer to relax and soak up the sunshine are spoilt for choice in Gijon, as the city is blessed with stunning stretches of soft sands such as San Lorenzo beach at Gijon bay.
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- Appreciate the only botanical garden located in northern Spain
- Admire the colourful flora showcased here
- Enjoy a panoramic drive of the city of Gijón
On this tour, admire the impressive flora housed at the Atlantico Botanical Garden.
During your visit, discover the four specialised sections within the Botanical Garden: the Cantabrian Gardens, with collections of flora from this part of Spain; the Atlantic Itinerary, which looks at the floral landscapes of the North Atlantic; the Island Garden, with species from around the world, and the Plant Factory. There is also the Historic Garden, where highlights include a rustic pool and a 1,300 square metre lagoon.
A guided visit to the botanical gardens will showcase the many highlights before you are invited to enjoy some time at leisure to wander these beautiful gardens independently. Following the visit, enjoy a panoramic drive along the seafront of Gijon back to your awaiting ship.TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CANARIES & MED CRUISES
Is this tour right for you?IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking at the Botanical Garden, over uneven and grassy terrain, with some steps to negotiate, therefore it is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. What flora may be seen is subject to seasonal change.
Uncover one of the largest and most impressive Old Towns in Asturias – Avilés – before visiting the charming coastal town of Luanco.From Gijon, you travel to Aviles, which was once an old seafaring and farming town. Today Aviles is a modern city and one of the most important in Asturias. Spend time exploring Aviles on foot and discover some of the major attractions of the city, including the pedestrian streets of Galiana and Rivero, Plaza de España with its City Hall, the Church of Sabugo, and the modern Church of Santo Tomás de Canterbury.A brief photo stop will be made at the Óscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre - commonly known as El Niemeyer - which opened in 2011. Thanks to its size and yellow and white colours, the building can be seen from many different vantage points across the city.Next, travel to the fishing village of Luanco, located less than 40 kilometres from Oviedo. The town has an interesting historic centre along with beautiful beaches washed by the Bay of Biscay. Following a guided visit of the village, you can enjoy some free time to stroll at leisure around the area or visit the fishing harbour, if you wish, before heading back to Gijon and your awaiting ship.TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CANARIES & MED CRUISES
- Discover the charming town of Aviles
- Explore the highlights as you embark on a walking tour
- Relax with time at leisure in the fishing village of Luanco
Is this tour right for you?IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking throughout, over mainly uneven ground. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. During the periods of free time in Aviles and Luanco, walking is at the discretion of the individual. This tour may be operated in reverse order.
- Explore the highlights of both Gijón and Llagar
- Take in a walking tour of Gijón’s narrow streets
- Savour the sweet delights of the local cider, paired with regional cheeses
Admire the main sights that the city of Gijón has to offer. Its rich history and tradition make it Atlantic, Cantabrian and a touch Mediterranean.
You will start with a walk in Gijón’s city centre, where you will explore the city on foot, visiting the promenade at San Lorenzo Beach and the old quarter. Following your walking tour, enjoy some free time to explore the area at leisure.
Next, you proceed to Llagar. Upon arrival here, enjoy a visit to a cider cellar, where you can savour tastings of the local cider and Asturian cheese.TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CANARIES & MED CRUISES
Is this tour right for you?IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a considerable amount of compulsory walking, some of which will be over inclines and cobbled ground. There are a lot of steps to negotiate at Llagar, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The amount of walking undertaken during the period of free time is at the discretion of the individual. The order of the visited sites may vary.
- Discover the landmarks, history and beauty of Gijon
- Appreciate some wonderful views of Gijon and the Cantabric Coast from the impressive viewpoint of Mirador de la Providencia
Take in the highlights of the lively city of Gijón, which is located in the region of Asturias, in the green, north-western part of Spain.
Leaving the quayside your tour begins with a photo stop at Mirador de la Providencia, a viewpoint from which you can savour some fantastic vistas overlooking Gijón and over the Cantabric Coast.
Next, continue to the Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura (City of Culture) for another short stop, where you can admire this impressive building. It was originally designed as an orphanage for miners’ children, but, during its construction, it became the Technical College (Universidad Laboral). Its architect, Luis Moya Blanco, created a grand, self-sufficient and complex campus closed in itself as a symbol of the New Establishment.Finally, enjoy a pleasant drive through the city of Gijón, where you will be able to admire the most important sites of the city, before returning to your awaiting ship.TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CANARIES & MED CRUISES
Is this tour right for you?IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The order of the visited sites may vary. This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, therefore this is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users providing guests can board the coach unaided. Guests can remain on the coach during photo stops if they wish.
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