Parador de Gijón
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- Single rooms (1)
- Twin rooms (34)
- Double rooms (5)
- Capacity (79)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Ambiance music
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Golf (12km)
- Airport (45km)
- Station (2km)
- Port (3km)
Parador de Gijón - Former water mill (4*)
The Parador de Gijon, occupying a lovingly restored century-old water mill, and still surrounded by water, is in the beautiful Isabel la Catolica Park. The park is home to over 102 different species of birds and guests can wonder at the sight of peacocks strolling around the park.
The interior of the Parador is both sunny and cosy: from the bar one may look out over the old mill pond and the many species of bird that enjoy the water, including both white and black swans, and the garden includes a children’s play area. The bar itself retains some of the mill’s old architecture, and much of the Parador aims to emulate the similar style. The rooms are bright benefitting from large windows, with some rooms overlooking the magnificent park.
In the Parador de Gijon’s restaurant, guests may enjoy a variety of delicious traditional Asturian dishes, including Fabada (a stew of local sausages and white beans), hake cooked in cider (a local speciality) and Frixuelos (cream-filled wafers).
Just a short walk to the popular San Lorenzo beach and close to the new city centre, the Parador de Gijon is ideally located to explore the best of the city by foot.
Situated in Asturias in the North of Spain on the Cantabrian Sea, Gijon has played a large part in the region’s history. Since Roman times, Gijon’s ideal coastal position led to the majority of the city’s industry being based around its port and beaches, and to this day the city bases a large part of its industry on this.
Like many areas of Spain, Asturias was under the rule of a number of different civilizations, most notably the Romans who claimed the area from the indigenous Asturs. This Roman influence can be seen in many structures around Gijon’s old town, la Cimadevilla, where fragments of Roman structures can still be found, most notably the Campo Valdés Roman Baths. Now a museum, the baths were initially discovered in 1903, but only made open to the public in 1965, and are considered to be one of the most important Roman remains in northern Spain.
It was under the Catholic Monarch’s rule that Gijon really thrived and during this time that the city’s current port was built, around which its key industry was formed. The port and beaches allowed for easy trade across the Bay of Biscay, and along with fishing, the coastal industry became the backbone of the city, and in turn, Gijon became invaluable to the region as a means of income. This influence can still be felt today as Gijon is incredibly proud of its maritime history, and many museums and features are dedicated to this rich history.
The old mill that is now the Parador de Gijon was also very important to the city. Unlike other areas of Spain, wheat was not grown in the region, and instead the mill was used for grains such as spelt and millet, and of course corn which was traded across the ocean. The mill provided work, and the fact it has withstood wars, and real estate trades, is a true testament to its foundations.
For beach lovers, San Lorenzo beach is one of Gijon’s key attractions with incredible views over the Bay of Biscay and Gijon’s impressive coastline. Until recently, it was the only beach within the city limits, before the beaches of Poniente and Arbeyal were constructed to meet local and visitor demands.
Although its beaches and port are a huge part of Gijon’s attraction for many visitors, it has much more to offer in terms of culture and natural beauty. Surrounded by expansive areas of native flora and fauna, it provides a beautiful setting for nature lovers. The Monte Deva Nature Reserve is a particularly beautiful spot and can be reached by hiking routes allowing trekkers to explore all the region has to offer.
The city itself offers up some beautiful architecture, including the Revillagigedo Palace, an incredible blend of Renaissance and baroque architecture. Gijon’s old part, the Cimadevilla is home to some of its most important historical sites. One of the most popular buildings is the birthplace of Jovellanos, a 15th century building functioning as a museum dedicated to this important figure in Asturian history. Known as the ‘enlightened’, Jovellanos played a large role in the Age of Enlightenment, and his dedication to improving Asturias through education and training, particularly Gijon where young workers were trained in sea trading, made him a highly-valued figure among his countrymen, who considered him a visionary, and as such continue to honour him through the many buildings around the city named after him. The mixture of monumental history, maritime heritage, natural beauty, and modern urban planning means there truly is something for everyone to enjoy in Gijon.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 11.00 and dinner from 21.00 to 23.30.
It may be possible to arrive up to 23.00 and still enjoy a meal.
In the Parador de Gijón's restaurant guests may enjoy a variety of Asturian dishes, including Fabada (a stew of local sausages and white beans), hake cooked in cider (a local speciality) and Frixuelos (cream-filled wafers).
- Mr G Messett
My wife and I stayed at this 4 star Parador for 1 night on our way back to the Santander car ferry port following the completion of a 7 night self-drive “Rutas” tour organised by Keytel in the UK who specialise in Parador holidays. Free parking was available within the grounds. Our room was adequate, if not large, to normal Parador standards (i.e. very good) and overlooked the park in which the hotel is set. We had a walk in the Isabel la Catolica Park after checking in, which is very interesting and pleasant and filled with an abundance of bird life including many different species of ducks/geese and lots of peacocks. The modern building is built next to an old watermill which also houses the restaurant which we found to be very pleasant, serves good food (beware the huge starters!) and has friendly, helpful staff. Outside the park, opposite the hotel is the 30,000 seat Sporting Gijon soccer stadium (la Liga) which hosted some of the games in the 1982 World Cup. If you want a selection of good cheap wines to take back to the UK we can recommend the supermarket Alimerka, which is in the stadium area close to the hotel and has a fine choice at extremely good prices (by UK standards).
How to get there
The Parador is located in the residential area of Gijón, in the middle of the'Isabel La Católica' park, next to El Molinón football stadium and the Asturias Trade Show enclosure. Gijón is 28 km from Oviedo along the A-66 motorway and 30 km by the N-630 main road.
Leon - 145km
Santillana - 163km
Santillana Gil Blas - 163km
Ribadeo - 170km
Bilbao Airport - 280km
Region & Cuisine
The Principality of Asturias is one of the smaller Autonomous Communities of Spain, but lacks nothing in terms of attractiveness to lovers of nature, countryside and beautiful landscapes.
Forming part of ‘Green Spain’ which extends across the north-west of the country , the 375 km coastline along the Bay of Biscay contributes to the mild climate of this region: summer temperatures average 16°C -18°C and rarely fall below 12°C in winter. Except in the mountains of course, and mountains, in the shape of the Picos de Europa National Park, are undoubtedly one of the main attractions of rural Asturias.
The Picos, rising to over 2,500 metres, are serious mountains extending south into the neighbouring province of León and providing the most glorious scenery. Particularly beautiful is the area of the Covadonga lakes, reached in less than half an hour by car from the Parador at Cangas de OnÍs: the route passes the Sanctuary of Covadonga, reputedly the site of the 8th century battle where the Moorish forces were defeated, heralding the beginning of the Reconquest and the birth of the Asturian monarchy.
The principal cities in Asturias are Oviedo (the capital), Gijón (the most populated with 270,000 inhabitants) and Avilés (an industrial and fishing centre) – all in the north of the Principality and each with its ‘casco antiguo’, or historical centre, and all three of them well worth visiting. But, for this writer, the main attraction of Asturias is its varied countryside, with scores of small towns and villages dotted around the landscape and home to so many varied and protected species of flora and fauna, including the brown bear and the ‘capercaillie’, a species of wood grouse.
With its proximity to the sea, Asturian cuisine naturally includes many sea-food dishes including ‘sopa de marisco’ (a form of bouillabaisse), ‘pescados a la sidra’ (fish - often hake - in cider) and grilled bonito. Apart from this, Asturias is also known for its fresh local farm produce, including the widest range of local artisan cheeses of any region of Spain - notably ‘Cabrales’, a delicious blue cheese matured in caves. The indisputable number one Asturian dish is ‘Fabada Asturiana,’ a heavy stew made with ‘fabes’ – a type of large broad bean – and pork, black pudding, chorizo …sensational! Or, for the fainter- hearted, ‘fabes con almejas’(clams) are also delicious. The regional drink is cider, but locally produced wine can also be found virtually everywhere.
Please be aware of the following:
- 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.