GIJÓN (AND OVIEDO)
Gijón (and Oviedo) with your dog
Gijón has become one of the most dog-friendly cities in Spain, with many shops, bars, cider houses and cafés that declare themselves to be dog friendly and that make day-to-day things easy for those with pets. That’s why it’s the perfect place from which to explore the rest of the Principality, including Oviedo.
The involvement of the city hall, shops and other premises in Gijón should be commended for how people with dogs have been integrated. We were in a position to confirm this in July 2018, and were pleasantly surprised to see first hand that premises which allow dogs sport a specific municipal sign and also that the city hall website provides a list of dog-friendly places, ranging from art galleries to bookshops and clothes shops, also including hotels, cafés and many more besides. We haven’t bothered preparing any other list, bearing in mind this complete list already exists.
By the way, we were also told there about the Perriplano, a geolocated list of places for dogs that has been put together via citizens’ collaboration and which also includes a lot of useful resources.
Thanks to this information, we were freely able to enter the Librería Central,one of the stores that appear in my short film about Asturias, without having to apologise for doing so. Jorge and Miguel attended to us well and my human companion was able to buy a book that he will find most useful (see video).
Very close by, we were amazed about one of the greatest shrines to confectionery we have found on our tour of Spain. We are referring to Aliter Dulcia, which is a café, creative confectioner’s and cookery school. Isabel Pérez and her team have managed to create such top delicacies that they deserve a monument. In view of the difficulty in choosing which one, my human companion went for the currently popular cake – the lemon brownie. If you enter their Instagram ,you´ll be able to get a much better idea of what we’re talking about.
Somewhere I had a great time (and Pablo even more so) was at the Metrópoli Festival in Gijón. It’s a big plus that they let you enter the exhibition site, and specifically, I was able to enter several Comic Con pavilions and had my photo taken with the V visitors – the mythical 80s series. This festival also took we four-legged friends into consideration, and organised a Comic Dog with workshops, competitions, cosplay and games alongside Mimuso World. Even though we couldn’t attend this event (I felt like dressing up as the lizard from V) owing to scheduling problems, I’ve put my name down for next year.
In terms of tourist attractions, things are no better than elsewhere. We only found one museum I was allowed to enter (the garden of the Museum of the People of Asturias), with its beautiful permanent exhibition on traditional buildings). LABoral City of Culture also allows dogs into the inner courtyard, the café and restaurant, but not in the shop.
PARKS AND BEACHES
To stretch our legs, we made off for the Santa Catalina Headland, from where you can get a fantastic view in the company of In Praise of the Horizon, by my compatriot Chillida. However, the green space I most like for running around is on the outskirts of the city - the huge Cabo de San Lorenzo Park, crowned by its curious Providence lookout.
Everyone told us about the beach there for dogs - El Rinconín, accessible to dogs throughout the year – although the truth of the matter is we decided not to step on it because the ground is very stony. It’s also true that the situation regarding going to the beach with your dog has not yet been properly addressed in Asturias. Officially there are three, but we don’t believe they meet the right conditions. Having disregarded El Rinconín and Cala Saliencia in Cudillero (a small, poorly-accessed beach), we decided to head for the large beach at Bayas, in Castrillón, although neighbourhood pressure to fine humans who let their dogs off the leash is such that we also decided to forget the idea (members of my species are are not allowed to run around there).
To me at least it doesn’t make sense to go to a beach and not be able to run from one end to another. They could at least also provide free access at certain times of the day in summer. For all these reasons, we decided to head for the mountains and rivers of Cangas de Onís. LINK
We leave you with the Regulations governing the Behaviour of Pets in Gijón.
Oviedo is 30 kilometres away, and the situation is quite different there. The dog-friendly establishments in this city, which at the time of drawing up this report were putting together a new bylaw governing pets, are few and far between. Among them is the Hotel Carbayón, where we stayed on our visit to the area. This is a cosy family hotel where dogs are also allowed to access the cafeteria – which is pretty unusual in dog-friendly hotels. We provide you with a list of places to visit in Oviedo at the end of this text.
Oviedo is worth visiting if only to lie on the grass and gaze at Santa María del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo, two pre-Romanesque masterpieces.
SUGGESTIONS FOR VISITING OVIEDO WITH YOUR DOG
Boca a boca (restaurante vegetariano), San José 16.
Restaurante El Ferroviario, Gascona, 5.
Lata de zinc (vegetariano y música en directo) en Julián Cañedo.
Meraki, en la Plaza del Paraguas.
La Casona de la Montaña, en el Parque de Invierno.