Bigger, grittier and gutsier than Oviedo, seaside Gijón (khi-hon) – Asturias' largest city – produces iron, steel and chemicals, and is the main loading terminal for Asturian coal. But Gijón has emerged like a phoenix from its industrial roots, having given itself a thorough face-lift with pedestrianised streets, parks, seafront walks, cultural attractions and lively eating, drinking and shopping scenes. It's a surprisingly engaging city, and a party and beach hot spot too, with endless summer entertainment. Though it's no quaint Asturian fishing port, Gijón sure knows how to live.
These are the top experiences and sights in Gijón, according to Lonely Planet.