Gijon is a city in the north coast of Spain, in the autonomous region of Asturias.

The city is situated on the central Asturian coast, from sea level to an altitude of 513 meters at Picu Samartin and 672 metres at Pena de los Cuatro Jueces, bordered on the West by Carreno, the East by Villaviciosa, and to the South by Siero and Llanera

The city is situated along the Asturian coast and is distinguished by the peninsula of Cimavilla (the original settlement) which separates the beach of San Lorenzo and adjacent neighborhoods to the east from the beaches of Poniente and Arbeyal, the shipyards, and the recreational port and the Port of El Musel to the west. It is close to the other main Asturian cities, Oviedo and Aviles.


The summer is hot with a mix of sunny and cloudy days. In winter Gijon has a mild climate, with quite a lot of rainy and windy days. Rarely it can snow.

Statue of King Pelayo, emblem of the city, at Marques square
Statue of King Pelayo, emblem of the city, at Marques square

The A-66 motorway (Ruta de La Plata), A-8 (Autopista del Cantabrico) and the AS-1 (Autova Minera) are the main highway accesses. By train, Gijon has daily service to Madrid, La Coruna, Santander, and Barcelona. Cruise ships call at El Musel, and the Airport of Asturias is located in the not far away municipality of Castrillon with daily flights to major Spanish and European cities.
A subway system, called Metrotren, is currently under construction to improve the public transport in Gijon.
There are 22 regular lines of bus and 4 night lines of bus called Buho and special lines in special events like the Feria Internacional de Muestras de Gijon (Gijon International Exposition Fair) or the Semana Negra (literally Black Week), the city’s famous one-week Festival based on Hardboiled literature.