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Useful data about Gijon

WHERE IS GIJON?

With a surface area of 181.7 sq.km, the Concejo (municipality) of Gijon is located in the centre of the Asturias coast. It opens up to the sea with a double bay between 43º2''30" and 43º34''18" Northern latitude and 1º 52 '' 29 " and 2º 8'' 0" Western longitude from the Madrid Meridian. The city is 2000 years old and is located 477 kilometres from Madrid (5 h), 384 kilometres from the French border (4h.40 min.) and 432 kilometres from the Portuguese border. It takes three and a quarter hours to get to Bilbao and four and a quarter to get to Santiago de Compostela. A 2 hours flight separates it from London.

HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE IN GIJON?

It is the most populated municipality in the Principality of Asturias. About 280,000 people live in its municipal district, 90% of whom live in the city of Gijon, whilst the remaining 10% are spread over the superb rural medium that surrounds it.

IS THE CITY SAFE?

One of the safest of the country, with an extremely low accident rate. One of the attractions of its lively nightlife is that you can enjoy yourself without any problems until very late at night. Just take the same basic precautions as for any other trip.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN GIJON? WHAT KIND OF CLOTHES SHOULD I TAKE?

The Gijon climate, in the area of Atlantic Spain, can be defined in this sense as being warm, with an average annual temperature of 15º and gentle oscillations between the maximum and minimum average annual temperatures. In summer the average temperature is 19.5ºC and in winter 9.5ºC February is usually a cold month with maximum temperatures of 13.8º and minimum temperatures of 5.4º. It receives 800 to 1000 mm rainfall each year, which is distributed quite evenly, that is, without any very dry periods and also without heavy rain at certain times of the year. Suggestions: Always bring informal and warm clothes and footwear. If you have the chance during your meeting or event to attend an “espicha” you will be grateful. The Espicha is a festivity in an apple press where the people from Asturias go with informal clothes and solid shoes. The presses are always cool and permanently impregnated with the smell of apples. Your feet will not get warm until you have drunk sufficient cider and danced to the sound of the bagpipes.

TIME ZONE

GMT +1

ELECTRICAL CURRENT

230 V – 50 Hz. Type C plug (two round jacks).

CURRENCY

The official currency in Spain is the Euro. The greater part of banks offer the currency exchange service, but without the obligation of providing this: they are free to do so or not. Currency exchange can also be carried out in El Corte Inglés department stores (Customer Care department) from 10 to 22 h, it being mandatory to present one’s passport. The majority of establishments admit payment with Visa and Mastercard credit cards.

COMMUNICATIONS

By Air

The airport of Asturias is found in the locality of Santiago del Monte, 48 km from Gijón (approx. 35 minutes), connected by motorway (A-8) linking it to the main Spanish cities and other European destinations.

There are two options to travel to the city:

  • TAXI: There is a taxi rank at the airport itself which remains in service until the arrival of the last flight. Taxi fare: €45-60 to/from the Airport.
  • BUS: Company ALSA covers the trip between the airport and Gijón with stops at the localities of Piedras Blancas, Salinas and Avilés. Bus fare: € 8.00 Single, € 16.00 Return. Daily departures from the airport at 7.00, 8.00, 9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.00, 18.00, 19.00, 20.30, 22.00 and 23.20 h.
  • CAR RENTAL: Three companies provide their services offering a wide timetable (Also having offices in Gijón): Avis, Europcar, EnterpriseAtesa.
By Train

Companies FEVE and RENFE connect the city with the rest of Asturias and Spain. RENFE has daily connections with Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante and combinations with other Spanish cities. The railway station is located 10 minutes from the city centre (C/ Sanz Crespo, s/n).

By Bus

Company Alsa offers daily bus links with Madrid and the main Spanish cities. The bus station is located in the city centre (C/ Magnus Blikstad, 2).

WHAT BUDGET SHOULD I CALCULATE?

Some data to calculate it:

  • To get to the city from the airport
    • Taxi: €45-60 and 35 min.
    • Bus: €8
  • To move around Gijon
    • Taxi: €6-8 (average)
    • Bus. €1.25
  • To go out on the town Gijon has quite a lot restaurants with quality marks (From those that have 1 Michelin star to the most popular ones), as well as cafeterias, bars and pubs.
    • A coffee: €1.30-1.40
    • A set menu: €9.00-24.5 (Average €15)
    • À la carte: €20.00-45.00
    • A beer: €2.50
    • A bottle of cider: €2.70
    • A drink in a pub: €5.00-7.00