Trace a line along the wild Cantabrian coastline of Spain and you’ll find Gijón, a former fishing port on the Atlantic Ocean. Expect golden beaches like Playa de San Lorenzo, Roman ruins at Campo Valdés and top-quality local cider.
Gijón is the largest city in Asturias, the country’s premier cider-producing region. Often overlooked in favour of the regional capital of Oviedo (half an hour’s drive south), it nevertheless has plenty to engage the curious traveller, including dozens of boisterous sidrerías, superb seafood restaurants and great surfing beaches. Here are the best reasons why we think everyone should visit one of northern Spain’s most underrated destinations.
Although more readily associated with Scotland, bagpipe music has been an integral part of Asturian culture for centuries. Head to the International Bagpipe Museum to learn all about its connection with this part of Spain, and see a collection of bagpipes from elsewhere in Europe, Asia and Africa. It’s situated east of the Old Town, on the other side of the river. Opt for the audio guide for a more in-depth experience.