29th Nov – 2nd Dec
Euro-Mediterranean Symposium on Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy
Gijón is the biggest city in the Principality of Asturias, in Northern Spain, with its shores bathed by the waters of the Cantabrian Sea. It has become the cultural nucleus of the region, and many historical treasures are hidden throughout the city. You can take a sneak peek at some of our most emblematic location in the video below!
Climate in Gijón, as in the rest of the Atlantic coast of Spain, is characterised by cool winters (8-16°C in November) and mild summers as well as high humidity throughout the year. Rain is not unusual, so bring an umbrella just in case!
Whether you are interested on pre-history (Campa Torres Archaeological-Natural Park), on the Roman legacy (Campo Valdés Roman Baths, the 4th-century manor house Roman Villa of Veranes) or just want to enjoy the vast variety of museums that the city has to offer, there’s always something new to see. If you want to make the most of your visit to Gijón and you have some time to spare, information about interesting places that you can visit can be found here. They include:
- Atlantic Botanical Gardens of Gijón: this beautiful, full-of-life museum is dedicated to the flora and vegetation of the Atlantic region. It includes two thousand plant species, distributed through the vast extension of land that makes up the museum. A place to learn and relax.
- Laboral City of Culture, inaugurated in 2007 to give new live to this impressive building (the largest in Spain!) that has served many purposes throughout its existence, conceived at first as a school for orphans and becoming the current cultural headquarters of the city: it hosts the Art and Industrial Creation Centre, faculties from University of Oviedo, the RTD centre of ThyssenKrupp… Moreover, its 117 m tower will offer you some breath-taking views of the city!
- Asturias Railway Museum, which pays tribute to the great importance of railway in the industrial development of the city and displays many remarkable elements from different stages of the history of the region, including beautifully restored locomotives and wagons.
- Jovellanos’ Birthplace Museum, the 16th century palace-mansion where scholar Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos lived. Not only will you learn about the figure and works of Jovellanos, but you will also be able to enjoy a rich collection of furniture and works of art.
- Barjola Museum: temporary exhibits of contemporary art, as well as a permanent collection of Juan Barjola are not the only thing you can see: painting, sculptures, photography and graphic work all have place in this centric museum.
- Evaristo Valle Museum Foundation: the permanent collection of Evaristo Valle’s works (donated by his niece) is accompanied by temporary exhibitions and frequent cultural activities in a museum surrounded by beautiful gardens that are a view of their own.