Bustling when the weather allows it; and that even in the harsh winter months, the Wall continues to be a benchmark for walks, contemplation, physical training, as well as for bathers and surfers.
The bustle of this great urban beach never lets your guard down.
With a length of 1.550 meters and shell shape, we talk about one of the most emblematic beaches of the Principality. If we take a panoramic we see that the bay of Gijón is split in two by the Santa Catalina Hill, ancient Roman settlement on which is located the seaside neighborhood of Cimadevilla. On one side of the hill is the beach of San Lorenzo, to the mountain of La Providencia, and on the other the two ports, the sports and commercial, and the new beaches: Poniente beach and Arbeyal beach. The first was conceived in the vicinity of the marina, specifically in the urban area known as El Fomento, invading what was an area of occupation shipyard and extending also some 1.500 meters in length.
Artificial and urban, Poniente is a young beach, created in the mid-90s in the western part…
Beach of the Arbeyal
The beach of El Arbeyal is the third beach in importance of Gijón, bordering the popular neighborhoods of ...
At the eastern end of San Lorenzo, we see that the Paseo del Muro continues beyond the beach itself, it is the well-known Cervigón coastal path, a sea route of more than 2 kilometers that brings us closer to other beaches such as Rinconín or Peñarrubia. This great walk is a kind of colophon to the maritime intensity of San Lorenzo.
Coastal path of the Cervigón
Gijón has a large number of small squares and squares, ideal for sitting and reading the newspaper or…
the beach It is the great amphitheater in the history of Gijón. The Romans passed through it, it was a battlefield in almost all ancient times, a playground for Jovellanos' childhood (his birthplace is found in the vicinity of the Cimadevilla neighborhood) and expansion area for a city that borrowed most of the sand for the sake of urban development.
The history of the beach during the XNUMXth century cannot be separated from the growth of the city. The devastating action of the sea, which openly beat Gijón, and the sand prevented urban expansion to the southeast. Jovellanos himself was a visionary on this point. The enlightened man, who enjoyed frequent walks along the coast of Gijón, had proposed the construction of the retaining wall to the municipal corporation and had a decisive part in its realization. The end of the works, however, did not come until the first decade of the XNUMXth century. In 1933 the monumental stairway to access the beach, the well-known Escalerona, was built., in order to solve the problems posed by the massive access to the beach. The baths had become fashionable since the late nineteenth century and there were several spas that existed in this area.
Gijón currently extends to the very edge of the sea with large buildings. Tall buildings that perhaps for someone can be annoying or unsightly but that are not so well looked, because the beach town planning of Gijón, despite being grandiloquent, is not exorbitant or aberrant. However, different corrective solutions are projected for this large window to the Bay of Biscay. The idea is an integral remodeling, homogenize as far as possible the aspect of the facades and use time and money in a project that is feasible and compatible with the future needs of the city.
Currently, in this marine head of Gijón we find many shops, restaurants, chigres and tascas in which to enjoy the products and gastronomy of Gijón. A great showcase of services that is also for leisure and culture, with nearby museums and art galleries. In addition, San Lorenzo is a first-rate urban road, as it connects the two ends of its urban area in a simple and pleasant way. Its numbered stairs are also fixed stops of the citizen's free time. Appointments on the ladder, which or so, are very common. Staying in San Lorenzo is a good way to find yourself at first, as well as a very good starting point to walk anywhere.
Beach guarded with bathing conditions marked by a moderate swell. It has all the necessary services for a pleasant stay: showers, footbaths, fountains, toilets, bins, containers, parking. Wardrobe and lockers, deck chairs and daily sand cleaning. It has medical and first aid services. Surveillance towers, rescue boat, beaconing of bathing areas, police, public address service and tourist information.
Attractions: tourist, fishing and sports (windsurfing, surfing, sailing, motor boating, beach soccer, volleyball).
Text: © Ramón Molleda for asturias.com