Situated on the Cantabrian Sea, it is some times refereed to as the capital of the green coast.
With its 275,00 inhabitants it is now the principal nucleus of population in Asturias. Less compact than Oviedo it covers 3 beaches in its urban reaches; there is a small old town, a sports marina and obviously good shops.
There is a 9km coastal footpath which joins the beach "Playa de Poniente" with the park "Parque Cabo S. Lorenzo" where there are sculptures, resting areas and look out points. Another path (6kms) has been created from a disused railway, which used to transport coal from the Camocha mine (start of the walk) to the large industrial port of Musei
In Gijon there is a large selection of museums including 2 art museums, an ethnographical museum, a railway museum and an archaeological museum. (See section museums in Asturias.) There are also roman baths, which can be visited "Termas Romanas del Campo Valdés"