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WHAT to See in the CIMADEVILLA in Gijón – SPAIN

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The The Cimadevilla neighborhood is located in the city of Gijón and it is one of the most authentic that one can visit. If we go to this Asturian city, we will have to pass through its most famous neighborhood, which is full of charming places and a good atmosphere, especially in high season. That is why it is an essential place when visiting Gijón.

If you are going to see the city ​​of Gijón, you must cross this historic districtAttend all kinds of events. It is the oldest in the city and it has been able to adapt to changing times. Today we find a district full of life but which also has a unique charm.

How to get to the Cimadevilla district

This neighborhood is located in the Asturian city of Gijón, easily accessible by car. The neighborhood is located on the peninsula of Santa Catalina and it is very easy to get there and find it, since we can simply follow the promenade from the beach and see at the end the Cimadevilla district. There are several car parks nearby and some also in the Cimadevilla area, but it is always better to leave the car in the new area and walk. This way we can also see part of the modern city and beach area, which is very beautiful and has a wide walking area.

History of Cimadevilla

Cimadevilla was the oldest district of this city and was located on a fortified hill. On this hill is the chapel of the ‘Brotherhood of the Sailors’ Guild of Santa Catalina’, the oldest in the city. In the 17th century, the military hill was raised to protect the city and the coast from the attacks of sea pirates. It is a area in which there was even a presence of Romans, which gives us an idea of ​​its strategic importance due to its physical location facing the sea and on a hill isolated by the rising tide. In the 16th century, a trading port was built which put an end to this isolation and transformed this district into a residence of sailors and fishermen, as it is called today, like an old fishing district, which was the main trade of the city. . In recent decades, this area has been revitalized and has gained importance for its history. The buildings have been rehabilitated and its presence has been improved as it is a very touristic point.


Cerro de Santa Catalina and Praise of the Horizon

In honor of the horizon

The hill of Santa Catalina is today a very beautiful garden, ideal for walking and where you can see people doing sports or walking their pets. This hill gives us great views of the city, as it is in a higher area, as well as the sea and the horizon. It is in this area that we can find the famous work of Chillida called Elogio del Horizonte. It is a large concrete sculpture, of astonishing dimensions, which was erected in the neighborhood in 1990. It is a sculpture that modernizes the old part of the city and which, in addition to having a great presence, produces sounds due to the air, something that is striking.

Roman wall and baths

Roman terms

There are few Roman remains left in the Cimadevilla district, but we can still find the remains of the ancient Roman baths of Campo Valdés. East archaeological site was discovered at the beginning of the 20th century but it will be restored only after the civil war and finally in the eighties. Today we can see part of the Roman baths built in the 1st century and the walls of the old town.

Revillagigedo Palace

Revillagigedo Palace

In this ancient area of ​​the city there is also room for some palaces such as Revillagigedo, also known as Palace of the Marquis of San Esteban de Natahoyo. This palace is located next to the current marina of the city. It is a good example of 18th century Asturian palatial architecture. It has a beautiful baroque style and two crenellated towers, with a heraldic coat of arms on the front of the facade. The adjoining chapel is the Collegiate Church of San Juan Bautista, built in the Baroque style and completed a few years after the palace. The two form a beautiful ensemble in the old quarter.

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