Information about stage 21: Stage from Gijon to Aviles
It take 7 to 9 hours if you walk it in one day
Leaving a big city is always tedious, especially due to all kinds of signs that prevent you from seeing the yellow arrows. After Gijón, a walk awaits us through Mount Areo , the Carreño valley and the last eight kilometers along the AS-19, wrapped in the industrial landscape that surrounds Avilés . After leaving the network of streets in Gijón , the route seeks the base of Monte Areo by road, and through paved streets, between small urbanizations, we gain height admiring a landscape where two extremes meet: Industry and nature. The asphalt turns back onto the road and we find ourselves surrounded by a mass of eucalyptus trees. After the Dolmen de San Pablo signpost , we turn left to descend towards the valley of Carreño and Santa Eulalia del Valle . We cross this valley for four kilometers and arrive at Tamón after going through a tunnel. Leave Tamón on the AS-326 and we link up with the AS-19, which takes us first to Trasona and later to Avilés.
Short stage and practically without difficulty except for the climb to Monte Areo, although it is not much.Caution like every day when walking on roads.
Departure from Gijon
You have to exit through Rodríguez San Pedro street, next to Poniente beach. The itinerary continues along Juan Carlos I avenue and then turns right onto Mariano Pola. Leave the city along Avenida de Galicia and Avenida República Argentina. From the exit of the urban center of Gijón to Tabaza there are no restaurant services at the foot of the road. Today’s stage runs through the two large Asturian steel centers, always surrounded by nature.
What to see, what to do
Old town of Aviles
Avilés has managed to preserve its traditional architecture and numerous buildings in its old town were declared a Historic Site in 1955.
Church of the Franciscan Fathers
Located on Calle de la Ferrería, it was the old parish of San Nicolás de Bari. It is the oldest Romanesque testimony in Avilés. It was built between the end of the 12th century and the beginning of the 13th century, within the walled enclosure of the city.