Gij├│n is a perfect balance of tradition and modernity
From Villaviciosa we continued towards Gij├│n. Along with Oviedo, Avil├ęs, Langreo and Mieres, Gij├│n forms part of what they call the ÔÇťAsturian eightÔÇŁ named for the geometric shape that you would see by connecting the cities with an imaginary line. The city of Gij├│n was capital of the Muslim domains in the transcantabric region in the middle ages until the year 713, but it was successful again in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when it began to trade with the American colonies. In modern times, Gij├│n is most known for coal and transportation along with the production of cider.
Upon arriving, we made a stop at the football stadium (El Molin├│n of Sporting de Gij├│n). Rusko is a fan of M├ílaga for football (but that is understandable because it┬┤s his hometownÔÇŽno fair-weather fans) however, he is a fan of the sport and always likes to visit the stadiums in other cities and collect their scarves.
Then we entered the city and what impressed us most were the buildings and the architecture. A lot of people say that Gij├│n is not a particularly beautiful city, but that wasn┬┤t our experience. There were very few buildings without white molding around the windows or painted rich colors like turquoise blue or dark green. It reminded us a lot of the 30s or 40s from the las century. It was a shame that we didn┬┤t have more time to spend in the city and do a photo-portrait of its streets to show the beauty of the old mixed beautifully with the modern.
After parking the car we walked past the Church of San Lorenzo and the Jovellanos theater close to the Paseo de Bego├▒a. The theater was impressive and the Paseo de Bego├▒a is a wide street for pedestrians where there are a lot of terraces and people window shopping. We continued on to the boardwalk where we had a great view of the house of Jovellanos (a Spanish poet from the eighteenth century) that seemed like a cross between a palace and a church. Unfortunately, we didn┬┤t have time to go closer and see the ÔÇťBarrio de CimadevillaÔÇŁ, because it was starting to get late. We had to drive another hour in the car in order to reach our hotel for the night, so we decided to have a coke with views of the sea and enjoy the atmosphere of Gij├│n.
The cafeter├şa Nautico is located right on the boardwalk on the street Jardines del Nautico. It has an area that is a kind of lounge with wicker furniture and big white cushions with views of the sea. It was a great place to have a drink with friends or for a special date, especially because its views of the sea were unbeatable. The interior was more like a club or bar with its modern furniture and the black d├ęcor. There was also room to dance when at a certain hour they moved the tables aside.
If we had had more time, we would have also liked to see the Termas Romanas which were constructed in the first through fourth centuries and were the public baths of the city. We also would have liked to go up the Torre del Reloj (Clocktower) to see the views of the city. Despite leaving these things for the next visit, we ruskomend the city of Gij├│n with 4 boquerones for its history and its streets with unique architecture.