NH GijonHotel in Asturias
The understated rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus desks, sitting areas and minibars. Some rooms add Nespresso machines, sofa beds and scenic views. There’s a restaurant, a terrace lounge and an outdoor pool, plus a fitness center. A hot tub, a hammam and a sauna are also available. Cooking is an art, an art which is carefully executed at all abba’s restaurants. We strive for top quality cuisine, the perfect balance on menus and in our wine selection. Our restaurant Amalur has recently been awarded the distinction of “Hotel Gluten Free” in Gijón and adhered to the Celiac Association of Asturias.
This modern hotel is within 3.5 km of both Botánico Atlantico Garden and the LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial museum. The city of Gijón is ideally located in the centre of the Asturias coast and offers excellent access to the most important parts of the region.
If you want to explore Asturias, its towns and cities and fishing ports, villages and mountain scenery, open spaces, and much more, Gijón is definitely the place to come, whether for a rest or some fun. Its spacious Playa de San Lorenzo, promenade, the marina, its Semana Negra, its social life and its festive atmosphere will lure you towards exploring a city which lives in the streets in the summer months, and is bustling and cheerful.
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When most surfers think about Spain, Mundaka instantly comes to mind, but what about the rest of that north-facing coastline? Divided into two regions, namely Galicia and El Cantabrico, it’s the Cantabrican coastline that extends westwards from the French Basque border, for 867 km. Encompassing the 3 provinces of Pais Vasco, Cantabria and Asturias, the coast is shadowed by The Cordillera Cantabrica and Picos de Europa mountain ranges, reaching up to almost 3000m (10,000ft). These wet, verdant mountains meet the sea as high cliffs, cut by deep valleys leading to an assortment of narrow and wide rivermouths called Rias. The unspoiled landscapes are regularly interspersed with dense pockets of urbanization and heavy industry. Much of northern Spain’s coast was targeted by Franco for industrial development, alongside the traditional local economy of agriculture and fishing, resulting in some stark visual contrasts.
In Asturias, the mountains run close to the coast, which means a much more rugged coastline than both Cantabria and the Basque Country. It has steep cliffs and very difficult access. There are many rocky coves with small offshore islets either blocking the swell or causing interference to the waves. These areas are, therefore, not particularly good for surfing. However, there are also some excellent beachbreaks, many of which face west and are unaffected by the NE sea breezes that blow during summer. There are a few spots that only come into their own during the larger swells of winter, including the regional classic Rodiles. These work up to a reasonable size but tend not to handle the largest swells. Crowds are not a major factor in Asturias. Surfing tends to be highly concentrated at a handful of spots such as Salinas, near the heavily populated industrial centre of Avilés, a few areas near the city of Gijón, and at Tapia, which is now a well-known contest site. Outside of these areas you can often find totally uncrowded surf. Surfboards are practically all shortboards, although there is a growing longboard movement in Salinas. There are few surf shops and most equipment is brought in from Cantabria or the Basque Country. Notable spots include Rodiles, a rivermouth left-hander in a beautiful setting, similar to Mundaka, El Mongol, a powerful right-hander in the centre of Gijón, and the solid beachbreaks at Tapia. Asturias is more consistent than those areas further west and a good place to visit during spring, summer and autumn.