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Forget Paris, have you tried . . . ?

Avoid billboards and the tourist hordes in autumn by visiting less well-known but equally rewarding locations. Five experts present a guide to European cities from Gijón to Treviso.

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Forget Barcelona ...

Try Gijón

Gijón in the Asturias region of Spain
 

The largest city in the Asturias region of northern Spain, Gijón is a place where people live very well indeed, writes Annie Bennett. There are several museums, not to mention an outstanding arts centre, but you don’t want to get bogged down with a to-do list here. This is a place for shopping, sitting around in cafés and trying out Asturian tapas. The triangular city centre lies between two sandy beaches, with the old town, Cimadevilla, on a headland at its apex. Try some Asturian cider in one of the bars around the Plaza Mayor to get you into the laidback Gijón groove.

Where to stay: The Hernán Cortés (Calle Fdez. Vallín 5, www.hotelhernancortes.es; doubles from €59) is the grande dame of Gijón hotels. Right in the centre, it has an old-school elegance untouched by the hand of any groovy designer, which makes a change these days. Its bar and casino make it a bit of a social hub. For a quieter vibe the Quinta Duro (Camino de las Quintas 384, www.hotelquintaduro.com; €96) is just outside the centre. An 18th-century mansion set in vast grounds, it has 11 rooms furnished with antiques.

What to do: Stroll along the promenade flanking San Lorenzo beach then explore the lanes of Cimadevilla. Cut through to the other coast for a wander round the marina, perhaps with a session in the Talaso Poniente spa (www.talasoponiente.com), before hitting the shops around Calle Corrida. A short cab ride lets you combine the city’s spectacular Laboral arts centre (www.laboralcentrodearte.org) with the vast Atlántico botanic garden (www.botanicoatlantico.com).

Where to eat: Michelin-starred chef Javier Loya is at the helm at Avant Garde (Paseo Doctor Fleming, tel: +34 0985 331377), a chic bar and restaurant with a terrace in the NH hotel by San Lorenzo beach. Share a few dishes here, maybe the shellfish dim sum or the sea urchin croquettes. Ciudadela (Capua 7, tel: +34 0985 347732, www.restauranteciudadela.com) is a great place to try contemporary Asturian specialities such as air-dried venison with goats’ cheese or beef chunks with local Afuega’l Pitu cheese. In the rather romantic restaurant dining room at the back try the sea bass with scallops and sea urchin or the fabulous velvety crab soup.

Where to drink: The Garamont (Calle Covadonga 5, +34 0985 168776) is a chic spot for after-dinner drinks.

Details: See www.gijon.info. Asturias Airport is 26 miles from Gijón.

Annie Bennett is the author of guidebooks to Madrid and Barcelona for National Geographic and Blue Guides



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Martes, 7 de septiembre de 2010

El «Financial Times» prueba Gijón

El suplemento de viajes del diario económico internacional recomendaba, este fin de semana, la villa de Jovellanos entre los nuevos destinos que descubrir en Europa

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«Forget Paris, have you tried...?». El diario económico «Financial Times» recomendaba este fin de semana a sus lectores, en la sección de viajes, que se olvidaran ya de París. Y no sólo de París. También de Venecia, de Bruselas, de Praga y de Barcelona. A cambio de desterrar de los nuevos planes de viaje algunas de las rutas más turísticas, previsibles y manidas del continente, el «Financial Times» sugería a sus miles de lectores del mundo probar otros destinos alternativos en Francia, Italia, Bélgica, República Checa y España. Y, para pasmo, Gijón ganó la partida nacional...

El artículo se apoya en la opinión de Annie Bennett, autora, entre otros textos, de guías turísticas sobre Madrid y Barcelona para «National Geographic». «La mayor ciudad de la región de Asturias, en el norte de España, es un lugar donde la gente verdaderamente vive bien», sostiene Bennett en su artículo, quien cita la variedad de museos de la ciudad (aunque, dice, sin ningún centro de arte muy destacable) como una de las posibilidades del viaje. Pero ella no quiere liar a los europeos con una pormenorizada lista de lugares para visitar y centros culturales por los que pasar. Para Bennett, Gijón es «un lugar para ir de compras, sentarse en las terrazas y probar las tapas asturianas». El centro de la ruta lo triangula entre los dos arenales (Poniente y San Lorenzo) y Cimadevilla. No se le pasa la advertencia de que «probando la sidra asturiana en uno de los bares de la plaza Mayor, el turista se introducirá en la tranquila rutina gijonesa».

Ya metida en arena, las sugerencias de Bennett sobre Gijón van desde dos lugares concretos donde quedarse (el
Hotel Hernán Cortés, la «Gran Dama de los hoteles de Gijón», la llama; o la Quinta Duro, para una opción más reposada), a las posibilidades de qué hacer en la ciudad: dar un paseo por el Muro, explorar los callejones de Cimadevilla, dar una vuelta por el Puerto Deportivo, incluso con una sesión de spa en Talasoponiente, para acabar de tiendas por la calle Corrida. Sugiere un viaje en taxi hasta la Laboral y, de paso, visitar el Centro de Arte y el Jardín Botánico. Entre las sugerencias gastronómicas que se han leído en Europa cita la cocina de diseño del Avant Garde, o la más contemporánea de la Ciudadela. Y de menú sugiere croquetas de oricios, venado con queso de cabra, filetes de ternera con queso d'afuega'pitu, róbalo con vieiras y crema de nécoras. Y como lugar para beber, el Garamont, en la calle Covadonga.



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