Located on the shores of the Bay of Biscay in Asturias, Spain, the Gijon port is fast becoming one of the leading seaports and industrial centers of the continent. The port has long been the center of human habitation in Spain. Hence, the port resides in a city that is full of historical significance to the growth of trade for the country when it concerns seaports trading.
The Gijon port of call not only focuses on cruise ships as its means of income; it also serves as a major trading area of coal and iron from the Asturian mines. Gijon port has been inhabited for thousands of years with recorded human inhabitants as early as Roman times. The port itself was part of the Roman Empire’s Via de la Plata Route.
The rebellion of activists against the Spanish crown in the fourteenth century established a base for battle in the port. The siege lasted for several months and disabled the trade in the area that virtually destroyed the town and its surrounding areas. The destruction of the port did not disable the citizens to strive to bring it back to its feet. Now, it is one of the foremost centers of trade exports and imports, and cruise ship destinations.
The Gijon cruise port is part of the Green Coast Cruise. Other ports of call included in this cruise stops are the A Coruna, Santander and the Bilbao port. The cruise lines passing through these areas, makes the area a viable place for natural, pre-historic and cultural tour sights in the region.
Gijon cruise terminal is located in an area where passengers from the cruise can immediately access several shopping areas. The Libreria Paradiso for example is located only 1 kilometer away from the city center and 41 kilometers away from the airport. Local retail products like clothes, jewelry and fancy decors are sold in the store. Another well-known specialty store in the area is the Turrones y Helados Federico Verdu. Located at Moros Street No.10 in Gijon, the store sells special delicacies made with honey sugar and almonds.
Stores that tourists visit in Gijon also include the Ejes Comerciales, Centro Comercial Los Fresnos and the El Sentir del Chocolate.
Things to See
Gijon port of call is teeming with tourist sites and attractions that speak of historical significance. The La Franca Megalithic Tombs are one of the popular sites to visit. Located in a woody hillside, the tombs are ancient burial sites of early ancestors in the area. A few kilometers away is the Christian historic site of San Antolin de Bedon that is the remains of an old Benedictine abbey dated way back in the eleventh century.
The Old Town village of the city is also filled with tourist attractions such as the Museo Casa Natal Jovellanos, the Palacio de Revillagigedo, Plaza Mayor and the Roman Baths. One of the new sights in the town is the Plaza del 6 Agosto that runs along the main street through the Corrida area. Here, you can find the Provincial College of Industry and Nautical Science.
Restaurants and Bars
For local seafood cuisines, the Casa Victor in Carmen 11 is one of the best restaurants that offer such dishes. The restaurant was founded in 1933 by Victor Bango Pacita Gonzalez when he and his wife bought a local place in Gijon, Calle del Carmen, in dedication of the local fishermen’s harvest. This led them to specialize in seafood dishes that are now part of their specialty menus.
Local Asturain cuisines are served by restaurants such as Cuidadela, Gallery Art, La Solana and Casa Zabala.