Cruise Port Atlas | Gijon, Spain Day Trips | Attractions

Gijon, Spain Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruises that visit Gijon: Oceania, Seabourn, Silversea, Royal Caribbean

Recommended Attractions: Gijon, Aquarium, Poniente Beach, San Lorenzo beach, Bagpipe Museum, Oviedo, Aviles, Picos de Europa National Park

Revillagigeda PalaceGijon City Attractions

Port to City Center - 6 KM, 15 minutes

Gijon's primary attractions are the nearby beaches and the vibrant cultural life in this industrial and university town. Sports are a big part of the local culture and the soccer team is world class. The Gijon Aquarium houses 12 different sea and river ecosystems with over 400 different species. Poniente Beach is between the city center and the Port of El Musel where the ships dock. On the other side the city is the larger San Lorenzo beach. Gijon has a number of smaller art museums that may be of interest, but the most unusual museum is the Bagpipe Museum that features examples from around the globe. Asturian music features the bagpipe.

Several beaches in and near the port   Aquarium   Bagpipes and Nightlife   Spectator Sports   Aquarium  

Uneven surfaces    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Revillagigedo Palace

Oviedo CathedralOviedo

Port to Ovieda - 32 KM, 30 minutes

Smaller than Gijon, Oviedo is Asturia's capital city. It is famous for its elegant old town district with serene squares filled with cafes and the famous sidrarias, which serve the local hard cider, sidra. The old town is compact and intersected by mostly cobbled, pedestrian-only streets. No visit would be complete without a stop at the cathedral situated on a square with two old mansions (palacios) and a chapel. Other squares visitors will want to see are the Plaza de Daoiz y Velarde with another historic palacio and the Plaza de la Constitucion with the majestic Church of San Isidoro el Real and the town hall. Within the historic center is the attractive and fragrant indoor market. While most of the buildings in the historic center are made with yellow stone and red tiled roofs, the cathedral is almost white. Its style is primarily Gothic, but due to its long construction period, elements of older styles are also in evidence. Outside the old town, there are a good number of pedestrian streets with beautiful architecture, such as found on Escandalera Square.

Gothic cathedral and mansions   Asturian cafe culture   Asturian Cuisine   Local hard cider and wines  

Varied Walking with many cobbled streets    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Oviedo Cathedral by Damiovi

St. Thomas ChurchAviles

Port to Aviles - 27 KM, 30 minutes

Founded in the early Middle Ages, Aviles was an important port and the birthplace of Pedro Menendez de Aviles who founded the first permanent settlement in the U.S., now known as St. Augustine, Florida. Two important medieval churches, St. Thomas and St. Nicholas of Bari, are the most important historical attractions. The Aviles Estuary, a narrow bay that once served as the harbor, is now partially filled in and covered with new buildings designed by renowned architect, Oscar Niemayer. This new area promises to be the center of the city's cultural renaissance. Long a center for Celtic culture, every July the city hosts the annual Inter-Celtic Festival of Aviles with performances from other Celtic regions.

Photo of Aviles by Sergio.solar

Churches and other medieval buildings in the city center   Celtic Festival   Several nice beaches nearby   Traditional Asturian Cuisine  

Varied walking depending on activity    Limited Wheelchair Accessibility

Picos de EuropaPicos de Europa

Port to Picos de Europa - 108 KM, 1 hour 50 minutes

Picos de Europa is a scenic mountain area that is Europe's second largest National Park. Known for steep and rocky limestone-topped mountains and deep valleys, the scenery here is decidedly Alpine. The views here are among the most dramatic in all of Spain, which explains why it was the country's first designated National Park. The most popular activities in the park are hiking and mountain climbing, but for those seeking a less adventurous excursion, short walking tours in the lower regions of the range are a great way to get some wonderful pictures to bring home. A limited number of bus tours are offered into the park. Be sure to book early if the scenery of Picos de Europa is what you are looking for. The park also has caves and caverns that guests can experience. Particularly scenic and easily accessible are the Lagos de Covadonga and the 13 KM walk along Cares Gorge.

Islands in the bay   Mountain animals and birds   Unique Ecosystem   Hiking and Climbing  

Challenging Walking    Only Wheelchair Accessible if taking a bus tour

Photo of Picos de Europa by Damiovi

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible