The town was completely rebuilt after it was destroyed in the civil war so it is fairly modern but has its own unique charm.
Gijon is in the Asturias region which is fairly rural and is famous for cider which is poured by the waiter from above the head to airate it. The famous local dish is Fabada - it has butter beans, black pudding, chorizo and ham and is delicious.
We hired a car for a day and went to explore the Picos de Europa mountain range; about an hour away. Sadly the dog came down and we only got a few glimpses of the mountains.