Revitalized Gijon is a sprawling coastal community in northern Spain, and far from the industrial city it once was. Nowadays, it features picturesque seafront walks, parks, and pedestrianized zones, as well as a seriously good beach and nightlife scene. Its centerpiece is Cimadevilla, a historic waterside fisherman's quarter that features characterful old buildings, top-notch seafood restaurants, and lively nightspots.

    Must-see attractions include Revillagigedo Palace, a stout 18th-century building used as an arts center, and the city's aquarium, which houses some 5,000 marine species. Atop Santa Catalina hill is the city's best-known landmark – a curious abstract sculpture by artist Eduardo Chillida.

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      You'll find a choice of great things to do in Gijón, a northern Spanish harbourside town where fascinating bits of Roman history complement a modern beach resort scene. Even though it’s one of the Asturian region’s largest coastal towns, you can easily explore its core on foot. The more popular town of Oviedo to the south may please you with...

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