What to see in the Cimadevilla neighborhood


El Cimadevilla neighborhood is located in the city of Gijón and it is one of the most authentic that we can visit. If we are going to go to this Asturian city we will have to go through its most famous neighborhood, which is full of charming places and a great 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 have to go through this historic neighborhood, witness of all kinds of events. It is the oldest in the city and has known how to adapt to the new times. Today we find an area full of life but also has a unique charm. 

How to get to the Cimadevilla neighborhood

This neighborhood is located in the Asturian city of Gijón, which can be easily reached by car. The neighborhood is located on the Santa Catalina peninsula 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 area. There are several car parks nearby and some also in the Cimadevilla area, but it is always better to leave your car in the new area and walk. So we can also see part of the modern area of ​​the city and the beach, which is very beautiful and has a large promenade area.

History of Cimadevilla

Cimadevilla was the oldest neighborhood in this city and it was located on a walled hill. On this hill is the chapel of the 'Guild of Mareantes de Santa Catalina', the oldest in the city. In the seventeenth century the military hill was raised to protect the city and the coast from pirate attacks by sea. Is a area in which there has even been a presence of Romans, which gives us an idea of ​​its strategic importance due to the physical situation facing the sea and on a hill that was isolated by the rising tide. In the XNUMXth century, a commercial port was built that ends this isolation and transforms this neighborhood into the residence of sailors and fishermen, as it is known today, as an old fishermen's neighborhood, which was the main trade in the city. . In recent decades this area has been revitalized and has gained importance for its history. Buildings have been rehabilitated and their presence has been improved because it is a very tourist spot.

Cerro de Santa Catalina and Praise of the Horizon

Praise of the Horizon

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

Roman wall and baths

Roman terms

Little remains of the Roman remains in the Cimadevilla neighborhood, 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 XNUMXth century but it would not come back to him until after the Civil War and finally in the XNUMXs. Today we can see part of the Roman baths built in the XNUMXst century and the walls of the old city.

Palace of Revillagigedo

Palavio revillagigedo

In this old area of ​​the city there is also space for some palaces such as Revillagigedo, also known as the 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 the Asturian palatial architecture of the XNUMXth century. It has a beautiful baroque style and two crenellated towers, with a heraldic shield on the front of the façade. The attached chapel is the Collegiate Church of San Juan Bautista, built in the Baroque style and completed a few years after the palace. The two make a nice set in the old town.

Jovellanos Birthplace

Jovellanos Museum

This birth house is also known as the Jovellanos Museum. It is a palatial house from the XV century that belongs to the Jovellanos family. It has two towers on the sides and an attached chapel. The square in front of the house is called Plaza de Jovellanos. In the museum you can see rooms dedicated to the life of Jovellanos. On the other hand, we can see some rooms in which to appreciate works by Asturian artists of the XNUMXth century.

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