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GIJÓN’S DRIVE IN CINEMA

Despite its popularity in the United States, the drive-in cinema never really got past first gear in Spain. The ‘Autocine of Gijón’ is the only one of its kind in all of northern Spain and one of the only 4 that still remain in operation throughout the country. August,1993. The Autocine Gijón opens its doors with…

CLIMBING ANGLIRU, A CYCLIST’S DREAM

Few climbs are so feared by professional and amateur cyclists as the Alto de l’Angliru. Often called the hardest climb in Europe. A monster of 12,5 km at an average gradient of 10,1 percent. But these numbers don’t tell the whole story, the reality is worse… In 1999, the organization of the Vuelta a España…

A VISIT TO CIUDADELA DE CELESTINO SOLAR

The Ciudadelas or Courts are groups of houses of 30 m², inside an enclosure. They were little societies, people shared toilets and lived with on average 80 to 100 people in a small area. These houses were shared by up to 11 people. When Gijón underwent an industrialization at the end of the 19th century,…

CAMINO DE COVADONGA: AN UNCENSORED REVIEW

The sanctuary of Covadonga is the Santiago de Compostela of Asturias. Although the journey from Gijón is with just 70 kilometers much more modest than the Camino to Santiago, it’s still a big challenge. The road goes through the rough landscape of Asturias and is thus rarely flat. A two or three day trip by…

HOW AND WHERE TO WATCH SPORTS IN ASTURIAS

For many people, watching sports is an ideal way to release some stress in the weekend. When moving to another place, it can be pleasant to continue this hobby. In Asturias, there is a variety of teams, competing in different sport disciplines. The most popular sport by far is football, but it’s absolutely not the…

SEMANA NEGRA, THE BLACK BOOK FAIR

The ‘Semana Negra’ of Gijón is a literary festival born in 1988 thanks to the initiative of the writer Paco Ignacio Taibo II and it is celebrated, every July, in Gijón, Principality of Asturias (Spain). It began dedicated exclusively to the black novel, but has been extended to the science fiction, the fantasy and the historical…

SURF IN ASTURIAS, A WAY OF LIFE

In the northernwestern corner of Spain, you will find one of the top surfing hotspots in Europe. The region of Asturias, located on the Green coast, reminds a paradise surrounded by beautiful mountains and beaches with world class waves. It has an extensive coastline (around 354 km) and surf tourism has been increasing year on year. Surfing…