Café Gijón (Also known as Gran Café de Gijón) is a culturally significant Coffeehouse situated at No. 21, in the principal boulevard of Central Madrid, Spain, which is known as Paseo de Recoletos. The café is opposite both a railway station of the same name and the National Library of Spain (BNE). The terrace in front is on the central walkway of the Paseo.
Café Gijón Prize:
El Premio Café Gijón is an annual Spanish literary award for an outstanding novel. The idea, conceived in 1949 by Fernando Fernán Gómez Fernan Gomez, Gerardo Diego, Camilo Jose Cela Enrique Jardiel Poncela and other leaders of the Tertulias was to promote those meetings and to create an independent prize to compete with Nadal Prize, which was organised by commercial publishers.
Although the award was originally managed by the Café Gijón, and is now financed by the tourism agency of the northern port city of Gijón in (Asturias, it is only concerned with the spread of quality literature and the promotion of authors whose work may not otherwise be published for lack of funds. Although winners receive no financial prize, the award attracts considerable media attention which promotes both the winning authors and of course the sponsors of the prize.