The sea, Gijón's greatest leisure park
Do you want to know what life on a boat is like and experience bonito tuna fishing first-hand? Have you thought about taking up sports like surfing or windsurfing? Do you want to discover the depths or take your first diving course? Or do you simply feel like a relaxing outing in a kayak or on a boat along Asturias’ green coast? If so, your destination is Gijón!
The Asturian city most open to the sea offers thousands of possibilities to enjoy its beaches, bay and coastline, ranging from diving schools and companies that offer beginner to advanced courses in board sports (surfing, kite surfing, windsurfing, etc.) to regional canoeing and sailing federations that provide opportunities for everyone who wishes to practice these sports safely.
However, the alternatives do not end there. In Gijon, you can enjoy pleasant strolls along the bay or you and your partner, family or group of friends can rent a catamaran to explore the Asturian coastline and its small villages. For those who prefer to explore the tradition further, there is nothing better than the first-hand experience of enrolling on a boat, all amenities included, to set out for the high sea in search of the much appreciated tuna fish or going along for monkfish and hake fishing in the Avilés Canyon.
And if you are someone who gets sea-sick, you can enjoy the many regattas that visit Gijón from dry land. This city has become a key point on the Bay of Biscay as a stage for the most prestigious sailing competitions. This summer, the 43rd edition of the celebrated La Solitaire du Figaro regatta is charged with firing the starting gun for the new season. From 25th June to 1st July, Gijón will host one of the stages of the most important solo race disputed along the European Atlantic arc, one of the most celebrated in the world. Gijón is the only stage of the race in Spain, after calling at French ports.
A month later, from 21st to 28th July, the II Pornic-Gijón-Pornic Regatta will arrive in port from Brittany. Forty-five boats in three classes – single-handed, two-handed and fully-crewed – are expected to take part in this race for boats with a length of 8.50 to 14 metres. From 4th to 10th August, it will be the turn of the V Royan-Gijón Regatta, which will sail from this French town near La Rochelle for the capital of the “Green Coast”.
There are also opportunities for the youngest members of the family. Gijón organises nautical cultural weeks throughout the year. These are an opportunity for children and young people from other nearby inland regions to get to know the sea better, to take up sports such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing or canoeing and to get to know the city.
Perhaps you’ll feel encouraged to join the hundreds of people from Gijón who, year after year, choose to see the impressive “Grand Week” fireworks from a different perspective, toasting from a ship anchored in the bay with the illuminated city as a background. If so, come to Gijón and enjoy the sea.