Parador de Gijón occupies an old mill located near San Lorenzo beach, in the Asturian coastal town of Gijón. It is a lovely location to relax on holiday by the sea. The Parador de Gijón hotel is well-located in the city for exploring the port area and the historical centre. You can also enjoy views of the sea from the large windows of the hotel. Dining in the Gijón’s restaurant is the perfect place to sample local-style cuisine. Here you can enjoy dinner before heading for a sociable drink in the on-site bar. The city of Gijón is an ideal base for exploring the lovely Asturian coastline, including nearby charming fishing towns.
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Gijón is a coastal industrial city and a municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain. Early mediaeval texts mention it as "Gigia". It was an important regional Roman city, although the area has been settled since earliest history. The name was originally applied to a small peninsula presently referred to as Cimadevilla, literally "top of village," between two beaches, one of which has a recreational port today. The main port, one of the largest in the north of Spain, is called "El Musel".
The city is situated along the Asturian coast and is distinguished by the peninsula of Cimadevilla (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 Avilés.
Gijón has an Atlantic humid maritime climate, with mild temperatures and high humidity throughout the year. The summers are warm, with both overcast and sunny days and winters are cold with significant rains.
The A-66 motorway - the Ruta de La Plata, A-8 - the Autopista del Cantábrico, and the AS-1 - the Autovía Minera are the main highway accesses. By train, Gijón has daily service to Madrid, Alicante, Zaragoza, and Barcelona. Cruise ships call at El Musel, and the Airport of Asturias is located in the close-by municipality of Castrillón with daily flights to major Spanish and European cities.
A subway system, called Metrotren, is currently under construction to improve the public transport in Gijón. 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.
San Lorenzo Beach in Gijón is an urban and crowded beach, also one of the biggest in Asturias - about 1.5 km long. Along this beach you'll find several peaks of water from the right to the left. During high tide you'll find counter waves. On low tide, on the western limit of the beach, a high wave breaks with different sections. Ladders 9 and 10 are a meeting point for all surfers. This beach has a long tradition in this sport and has its own surfing club.
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