The beach of San Lorenzo, Gijón

A big urban beach

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The walk by Muro and the beach of San Lorenzo draw one of the most beautiful sea sights of all Asturias. Gijón, is a dynamic city and it is populated by friendly people. Here we can find kites, surf boards, skates, bikes, football, footing, sand castles, sports champions, beach chairs, sunshades and many people.


This is the beach of San Lorenzo during summer time but in winter, the walk of Muro is a good referent for walking, relaxing and practising sports such as surfing or swimming.

The movement in this beach never stops.

With a length of 1.550 metres and shaped like a shell, this beach is one of the most famous in this Principado of Asturias. If we take a bird’s sight,we can see how the bay of Gijón is divided into two ports, the Cerro of Santa Catalina, an old roman settlement, is now over the neighbourhood of Cimadevilla. To one side of this hill is the beach of San Lorenzo which extends up to the mount of La Providencia and to the other side, stand the two ports: The sports port and the commercial one. Also here, we find the new beaches of Poniente and that of the Arbeyal. The sports port is located in an urban space known as The Fomento and it extends for over 1.500 metres.

By the eastern limit of the beach of San Lorenzo, we can see the walk of Muro which is longer than the beach itself. This is the coastal walk of Cervigón. It is more than two kilometres long and leads us to the beaches of Rinconín and Peñarrubia.

The “playona” (the biggest beach in the city) is a kind of amphitheatre of the History of Gijón. For the romans, it was a battle field in old times, and in the first quarter of the 20th century it was a recreational area for the young Jovellanos (a famous asturian writer) whose house was close to the famous neighbourhood of Cimadevilla. This big beach has lost part of its territory in favour of the urban expansion of the city.

The history of this beach along the 20th century is linked to the growing of the city of Gijón. The open sea and this beach were a break for the expansion by the South East. Jovellanos himself was aware of this situation. This wise man proposed the building of a retaining wall (“Muro” in Spanish). But the end of this construction did not come until the first decade of the 20th century. In 1993 a big ladder was built to give access to the beach. This high ladder was known as “Escalerona” with the aim of favouring the access to the sand. Swimming and having a sun bathe became fashionable by the end of the 19th century, for this reason several spas were built around this area.

Gijón extends itself until the ultimate limit with the sea. Today, high buildings are built just opposite the sea. For some people, these constructions are awful because they are supposed to invade part of the nature of sea but on the other hand, it can not be said in any way, that this area is full of these constructions. The current idea is to homogenize the faces of all buildings as much as possible but, this requires an important investment of money and time. In addition, it must be said that this project will be compatible with the future needs of this city.

Also here in Gijón, we can find a big variety of shops, restaurants and bars where we can taste the delicious local food. Here there are also well conditioned leisure centres, museums and art galleries for having a close contact with all cultural events. Furthermore, San Lorenzo links both limits of the urban centre. At this point, we can meet our friends and go everywhere in this city.

Texto: © Ramón Molleda para desdeasturias.com

Information of interest

Supervised beach with bathing conditions marked by a moderate swell. It has all the amenities necessary for a pleasant stay: showers, foot baths, fountains, toilets, bins, containers, parking. Cloakroom and lockers, rent chairs and daily cleaning of the sand. It has medical and first aid services. Watchtowers, rescue boat, buoy-marked bathing areas, police, public address system and tourist information

Attractions: tourist, fishing and sports (windsurfing, surfing, sailing, boating, beach soccer, volleyball) .