GIJON-INDUSTRIAL, HISTORICAL & SEASIDE
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Where I stayed
airbnb vanessa and Alvaro
We stayed with Vanessa and Alvaro, 5kms from the Gijon city centre through airbnb. They are a 22 year old couple who were very hospitable and generous.
We enjoyed their modern apartment, were able to park the car on the street and drove into Gijon, thinking it was a smaller city than it was and searched for parking for some time trying to understand the signs and fees. We figured finally that parking is free behind blue lines during siesta time-2-4pm but you need to pay between 9-2 and 4-8.
Gijon has a population of 270,000 and as mentioned in the title of this blog is a mixed bag of industry, seaside and historical old city.
But we loved the seafront and the old city and spent 6 hours exploring the city. This area is all about cider; beer and wine takes a back seat and the apple cider is brewed in bottles for about a year and served in Sidrerisia Bars from a height by the barmen! Wow we were impressed with the ceremony but still prefer beer and wine.
The local food specialty is fabada, a stew of white beans, chorizo and pork- quite yummy but very filling.We tried it all out at La Galana and came away full and cheerful!
Alvaro served us cider at home with some delicious rice pudding that he made. this was another happy experience for us and Gijon was a good base to explore more of the coast.
It is incredible but we are having perfect weather all the way; we are told that Gijon is often cloudy and foggy! Not for us but must admit the day we left we hit fog on the highway.
A general strike was held in Spain on Thursday, demonstrating against the new law that allows dismissal of employees but we were not really affected but tried as usual to understand the politics and outcomes of this crisis. Most Spanish can't see a way out of this and with 25% unemployment fear the long term outlook.
We travelled a little further east along the coast to visit Villiviciosa, Llastres and the very popular tourist town of Ribaesella on the general strike day.
OK that's it for Gijon; time to move on to our next stop which is the high peaks of Picos de Europa,
about 100 kms away.