Gijon is a beautiful coastal city in Asturias in the north of Spain with several urban beaches. Even more, there are as well several green routes such as Peña Francia from the city center to the outskirts. Either if you prefer walking, jogging or cycling, these green routes offer you the possibility to enjoy nature and the quietness of the Asturian countryside.
The green path of Peña Francia river is an accessible route of approximately 7 kilometers one-way. It starts at La Guia roundabout near the Molinon Football Stadium, and the sports center Las Mestas. The sculpture composition “Sentimiento” (Feeling) by Manuel Garcia Linares stands. It is formed by a family of three looking to the river and nearby tree trunk with birds flying over.
The green route starts as a green path on the left-hand side by the riverbank. Locals enjoy walking with their dogs or practicing their favorite sports such as jogging or cycling. It is possible to appreciate a side view of Las Mestas sports center from the path. Further ahead, the route passes close by the sculpture “Hacia la Luz” (Towards the light) by Francisco Fresno.
The path continues beside other sports facilities such as El Tragamon golf course. The soccer field of the Club Deportivo El Arenal located nearby. Gijon has got several golf courses if you want to practice your golf swing. La Laboral stands out at a distance. That is the biggest architectonic construction in Spain. The stone clock tower standing by is the tallest construction in Asturias.
Following the signs “Senda” (trail) or Deva, the path passes by the neighborhood of Cabueñes through small intervals on local roads until it joins the Peña Francia riverbank again. There are several picnic areas with tables and benches across the path.
The green route enters now the parish of Deva passing beside the impressive walled entrance with coats of arms of a protected architectural heritage, Quinta del Conde. It continues along bordered by massive large oaks, to the Church of San Salvador de Deva. A few meters ahead, the route ends in what is known as “Lavaderu de Deva,” formed by a fountain, a laundry area, and a stone bridge.
Alternatives to Peña Francia
It is time now to relax and enjoy the murmur of water, before heading back to the busy city life in Gijon and the roaring sea. If you want to try other options, check these posts for the green route of the Piles river or the coastal walk of San Lorenzo. Enjoy!
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