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Museums in Gijón: A Roman Chronicle

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The Via de la Plata Route’s gateway to the Bay of Biscay, the city of Gijón still conserves the traces of its Romanization. Three of these spots have been made into site museums which are a must visit to become acquainted with the city’s origins.

The first stop-off is at Cape Torres, seven kilometres from the centre of Gijón on the west side of its bay, where the Campa Torres Archaeological-Nature Park is located. Here you can visit the remains of "Noega” Hill Fort, one of the main fortified settlements in northern Spain (earlier than 409 B.C.). The site was originally inhabited by a group of Astures, who, following the coming of the Romans, pacifically adopted their uses and customs.

The park is also of significant natural value and is an outstanding point for bird watching from Cape Torres lighthouse.

Back in the city once more, you'll find the Campo Valdés Roman Baths site museum, created with the aim of conserving and researching the remains of the public baths from the Roman era and of making them known to the general public. Visitors enter the ruins via a walkway that reproduces the original route through the baths, which date from the 1st - 2nd century A.D. and are similar in type to Pompeian baths.

To complete the visit to Gijón’s archaeological museums, you’ll have to head out of the city towards the Roman villa of Veranes, known since ancient times as the “Big Tower” or Torrexón de San Pedro. The site occupies around a hectare of grounds in the place known as Venta de Veranes (Cenero parish), twelve kilometres from Gijón, off the old road from Gijón to Oviedo (former AS-18, current AS-II). The visit to the archaeological remains of the villa follows a path with different observation points which allow you to get up close to its different rooms and spaces. Outstanding among these is the polychromatic mosaic of the reception room or oecus.

Three sites devoted to the preservation and dissemination of history, but which are also places to enjoy a pleasant day out for all sorts of public.


Experience the museums!

Throughout the year, the city’s museums see the continuous comings and goings of schoolchildren who visit them to receive a class “on site”. During the summer, they become workshops for youngsters and a stage for unforgettable visits:

  • Gustatio with the faun of Veranes

Besides a guided visit to the site, visitors can enjoy the flavours of Roman cuisine in the company of the villa’s faun. A Roman gustatio is served, i.e. an aperitif that presents a selection of small dishes prepared from original recipes with the most esteemed produce served in Roman times.

  • A Saturday with the faun

Dramatised visits to the Roman Villa of Veranes. The spirit of the Veranes' faun takes over a puppet to be your host on your visit to the villa.

  • A Journey to Roman Gijón

Guided visit to the city’s archaeological site museums: Campa de Torres Archaeological-Nature Park and Campo Valdés Roman Baths.