Gijon cruises

The Spanish city of Gijon, capital of the Asturias region of northern Spain, looks out onto the Bay of Biscay, with the Picos de Europa mountain range as a backdrop inland. Fringed by attractive beaches, the city itself has its fair share of grand architecture, sculptures and museums, including one devoted to bagpipes from around the world. 

The area has a rich, hearty cuisine based on fish and seafood, slow cooked stews, beans, cakes and rice puddings. This is also a region of cheeses, with more than 40 varieties, often served with cider which tends to take preference over wine here.

Gijon’s Cultural Heritage

The history of the port stretches back some 3,000 years, and its ancient roots are remembered at the Campo Valdés Roman Baths, the largest and best-preserved baths in northern Spain. A short drive outside the city, the remains of the Roman Villa of Veranes occupy a hillside, while the Campa Torres Archaeological Park dates back even further, before the Romans arrived. 

Venturing 12 miles or so away from the coast, you can step into the past within the Asturian capital of Oviedo. The Old Quarter is a World Heritage Site and its centrepiece is the magnificent gothic Cathedral of San Salvador. Many other gems catch the attention here though, from San Julián de los Prados, an early ninth-century church with an intricately painted interior, to the main market and tempting little pastry shops.

Discover Gijon

One of the most distinctive sights within the Old Quarter of Gijon is the imposing Palacio de Revillagigedo, with its square turreted towers. The Church of St John the Baptist and the sculpture of the King Pelayo are among the other highlights here. You may seek the calming sanctuary of the impressive botanical gardens and a number of intriguing galleries and museums. 

The old fishing village Cimadevilla is the postcard face of Gijon. This photogenic part of the city juts out into the sea on a narrow headland, filled with tall houses, painted in yellows, oranges and reds, overlooking a yacht-filled marina. Should you feel energetic here, the city’s many cycle lanes may encourage exploration on two wheels, while a hike up the Cerro de Santa Catalina will provide you with exceptional views of the outstretched coastline and hills renowned as the greenest in Spain.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Enchanting Oviedo

    Visit Oviedo, the capital city of the principality of Asturias and see why it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1985.

    Enchanting Oviedo

    Embark on a scenic drive to the beautiful capital city of Asturias, Oviedo. Upon arrival, a stop will be made at the Pre-Romanesque Church of Santa María del Naranco, the former palace of King Ramiro I. It was converted into a church between 905 and 1065 and today is considered to be the most emblematic building of Asturian Art.

    Continue into Oviedo town and to the very essence of the city; the Old Quarter. Step back in time as your guide leads you on a walking tour around the narrow streets, pausing to admire the beautiful historic buildings and numerous statues of different artistic styles, all of which add to the charm of Oviedo.

    The centrepiece of the Old Quarter is the magnificent gothic Cathedral of San Salvador. This distinctive building boasts a tall spire that extends skywards and dominates the whole town. During a guided visit of the cathedral, you’ll see the Holy Chamber which was built to house the jewels and relics of the cathedral.

    Round off your tour at a local restaurant, where refreshments of local tapas, accompanied by a glass of beer or cider will be served.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour, some of which is over uneven ground. There is a walk of approximately 300 metres from the bus drop-off point to the Church of María del Naranco. Modest dress is required for the visit inside the cathedral.

    Tour code

    GIJ_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Cycling through the ‘Path of the Bear’

    Saddle up and peddle through the beautiful landscapes of La Senda del Oso, otherwise known as the ‘Path of the Bear’.

    Cycling through the ‘Path of the Bear’

    After a scenic drive of approximately 1 hour from the port of Gijón, you’ll arrive at the village of Entrago - the starting point for your two hour cycling adventure through Senda del Oso (the so-called ‘Path of the Bear’).

    Situated between the villages of Entrago and Tuñon, this former mine railway line provides an idyllic cycling and walking track, so hop on your bike and peddle through the spectacular valley of deep, narrow canyons and bridges and natural habitat of the Cantabrian brown bear.

    Upon arrival at the village of Tuñon, take some time to recharge with a relaxed picnic, while soaking up the tranquility of your surroundings.



    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion is operated by coach and on foot. Guests must be in a good physical condition and have previous experience of riding a bike. With an average gradient of 1.5%, this route is suitable for all abilities. This excursion is not suitable for pregnant women or infants and carries a weight restriction of 18 stone. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult; child seats (max. 20 kg) and bike trailers (max. 25 kg) are available upon request. Participants' height will be required to allocate the most appropriate bikes. Helmets will be provided and must be worn when cycling. Please wear comfortable footwear and clothing suitable for bike riding. Before booking this excursion you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    GIJ_009

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5¼ hours

  • Asturian Roots

    Immerse yourself in Asturian history during visits to the Royal Site of Covadonga and the charming village of Cangas de Onís.

    Asturian Roots

    Your tour begins with a panoramic drive through Gijón, which will show you some of the sights of the city.

    Afterwards you’ll journey for around 1½ hours to reach the Royal site of Covadonga. This religious sanctuary is considered to be one of the most important and historic sites used to depict the story of Spain, as it was where the reconquest of Spain began, led by King Pelayo and his troops. Today Covadonga is a place of Pilgrimage for devotees to Our Lady of Covadonga, known locally as ‘La Santina’. During your visit you’ll see the Holy Cave and Basilica where La Santina is worshipped, as well as being treated to magnificent views of the Picos de Europa mountain range.

    Continue driving through the wonderful green landscape of Asturias, before reaching the stunning Parador de Cangas de Onís hotel, set within a former Romenesque monestary. This unique location will provide the perfect backdrop for you to Indulge in a sumptuous lunch accompanied by wine.

    Complete your tour with a visit to the charming town of Cangas de Onis, the first capital of the kingdom of Asturias. A leisurely guided walk will introduce you to some of the highlights of the town, including the Statue of the King Pelayo, the Pintu Palace and Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church. You’ll also see the famous 3-arched Roman Bridge, from where a reproduction of the well-known Victory Cross proudly hangs.

    Take a little free time to browse the local shops, before the return journey back to Gijón.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour, as well as around 20 steps to negotiate.

    Tour code

    GIJ_005

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7½ hours

  • Asturias Loop Transfer

    Discover, at your leisure, the fertile valleys and stunning coast of the Northern region of Asturias, on a full day tour in Gijón and Oviedo.

    Asturias Loop Transfer

    After a short drive through lush landscapes, you’ll be dropped off in the heart of the Roman city of Gijón. There’s endless things to see, do, taste and enjoy in the city by the sea but how will you spend the 2 hours you have here? It’s completely up to you, but you can relax in the knowledge that your transfers for the day are all in hand. Stroll along San Lorenzo Beach, around the former fishermen’s quarter of Cimadevilla or capture the panoramic views from the Eulogy of the Horizon monument.

    Hop back on the coach and head to characterful city of Oviedo. The compact capital of the region means that you can explore the whole city on foot. Discover the beautiful Cathedral and its Holy Chamber, the colourful fresh produce at Fontán Market or the Fine Arts and Archaeological Museums to name a few places. And for those wishing to savour the local gastronomy, don’t miss a visit to the ‘Cider Boulevard’ (nickname given to Gascona Street), lined with restaurants and cider taverns.

    Board the coach for the return drive to the ship.



    This excursion is operated by coach and on foot. This is a transfer service only and no entrance fees or refreshments are included. Maps of both cities, Gijón and Oviedo, will be provided on the coach by your tour escort. They will also specify the meeting times for the onward transfers. Please be aware that modest dress is required for inside the Cathedral of Oviedo.

    Tour code

    GIJ_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Gijón Highlights and Cider

    See the main sights of Gijón and learn the traditional method of producing cider.

    Gijón Highlights and Cider

    A brief panoramic drive will introduce you to the historical city of Gijón, during which, your knowledgeable guide will enlighten you on the history of the region of Asturias.

    Disembark your coach in the city centre and join your guide for a leisurely guided walk around the Old Quarter. As you stroll around this charming area you’ll see a number of important sites including the Revillagigedo Palace, the Church of St John the Baptist and the sculpture of the King Pelayo, to name a few. You’ll also have the opportunity to venture a little further afield, to the top of Cerro de Santa Catalina Park to admire the unique monument ‘Eulogy of the Horizon’ and marvel at the beautiful view over the Bay of Biscay.

    Back onboard your coach, your tour continues with a scenic drive along San Lorenzo Beach, before reaching the Laboral University. This magnificent building is Asturias most important architectural work of the 20th century, and the biggest building in Spain.

    Complete your tour with a visit to a typical ‘Llagar Asturiano’, where you’ll learn about the process of producing the traditional local cider. Afterwards, indulge in a selection of local tapas, accompanied by a glass of cider during a traditional ‘espicha’ - a lively feast typical of Asturians when celebrating the opening of a cider vat for the very first time.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour, some of which is over cobblestones and uneven ground. A typical ‘espicha’ is served with participants standing, therefore there will be limited seating at the Llagar.

    Tour code

    GIJ_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Leisurely Gijón Views

    This leisurely tour of Gijón is perfect for those who enjoy sightseeing at a more relaxing pace.

    Leisurely Gijón Views

    Sit back and relax onboard your coach as a panoramic drive winds its way through the city centre and along the seafront, to La Providencia viewpoint. From this hill top you’ll have a wonderful view of Gijón.

    As your scenic drive continues, you’ll pass by Laboral University. Have your camera ready to capture photos of this impressive building, which is considered the biggest building in Spain.

    One of the most beautiful and peaceful areas of the city is Isabel La Católica Park. Join your guide for a leisurely stroll through the park, where you’ll be able to view some of its resident birdlife; you may encounter a variety of bird species including peacocks and swans.

    At the end of your walk you’ll arrive at the luxury Parador Molino Viejo Hotel. Built on the ruins of an old mill, it is the perfect place to enjoy refreshments of typical Spanish tapas, accompanied by local cider, coffee or tea.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves minimal walking; however there are approximately 14 steps to negotiate. The walk through Isabel La Católica Park is optional; those passengers choosing to opt out will be transferred directly to the Parador Hotel by coach.

    Tour code

    GIJ_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours