Gijón began as a fishing village nearly 3,000 years ago, according to the records of the Campa Torres Archaeological and Nature Reserve in Gijón. Today the city is an important port on the Atlantic coast of Spain.
The historic fishing village known as Cimadevilla is located on a peninsula that divides the port in half. The village is the main tourist attraction of the city.
Most of the streets are cobblestone and barely two cars wide. Many of the buildings have been renovated to display the colorful life of the village. Those that have not are evidence of centuries of construction designed to withstand the powerful forces of the Atlantic.
A hike up the hill and through Cimadevilla leads to Cerro de Santa Catalina. It is a park on the tip of the penisula that provides a view of the outstretched coastline forming the port.
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