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SURF PARADISE SALINAS

With a length of more than 200 km, the Asturian Coastline is a very extended one. The salty water from the Atlantic Ocean has always played an important role in the lives of the Asturians. The fishermen defy the waves to come home with a shipment of fish. The industrial ports of Gijón and Avilés…

FROM ROTTERDAM TO GIJÓN: RENÉ

In the categorie expat stories, we’re trying to tell the stories of expats who moved to Asturias. Their reasons to move are all very diverse. So are their experiences. René moved to Gijón 19 years with his wife and two children. Before he lived in many places in Spain. In the video you can discover…

BUFONES DE PRÍA: A MIRACLE OF NATURE

Asturias’ biggest trump might well be its spectacular nature. The natural parks Picos de Europa, Somiedo and Ubiñas-La Mesa are wonderful locations to go out for a (multiple days) hike. Thanks to the abundant precipitation, the green vegetation still manages to grow alongside the steep, rocky hillsides. The trees offer an excellent shelter for the…

XIXÓN SOUND, ASTURIAS’ MUSICAL REVOLUTION

Many people look back in nostalgia to the ‘90s. Windows 95, the Tamagotchi, the test screen and pokemon; it was in many ways a revolutionary period. Many of these novelties really influence our daily life unto today, others just make us smile when we’re reminded of them. But the ‘90s was not only a decade…

CAMINO DE COVADONGA: AN UNCENSORED REVIEW

The sanctuary of Covadonga is the Santiago de Compostela of Asturias. Although the journey from Gijón is with just 70 kilometers much more modest than the Camino to Santiago, it’s still a big challenge. The road goes through the rough landscape of Asturias and is thus rarely flat. A two or three day trip by…

FROM BUSY BIRMINGHAM TO HEALTHY HUENTES: ADAM AND MARIA

Adam is British, Maria is Danish. After having lived in England for years, they decided to turn their life all around and start a bed and breakfast in the small town of Huentes, right in the middle of the walking route from Gijón to Covadonga. There they live with their two young daughters. After two…

AVILÉS: HISTORY, INDUSTRY AND CULTURE

When Woody Allen went location scouting for his movie “Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona”, somebody recommended him Avilés. He thus went to the city to take a look. But as he left the highway towards the city and drove through the first streets, he quickly decided: “no, this is nothing”. Eventually he continued and reached the city…

COMPULSORY EDUCATION IN ASTURIAS

The standards in Spanish education have greatly improved in the last 20 years through increases in spending and educational reforms. Because the Spanish educational system is quite complex, we will try to explain how it works. In Spain, education is compulsory between 6 and 16 years old. Based upon the Ley Orgánica de Educación or Fundamental Law of…

HIGHER EDUCATION IN ASTURIAS

Upper secondary education After the four years of high school, students have the possibility to do bachillerato and ciclos formativos. Or start working. Bachillerato takes two years and is a preparation for university. There are five possible fields of study: natural sciences, health, social sciences, humanity and art. But these don’t affect the options afterwards.…

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO DRINKING CIDER IN ASTURIAS

Asturias has a real cider culture, you have probably heard this before. It is one of the most typical products of the region and is something many Asturians are really proud of. For them, cider is not just a drink, it’s a whole culture. You must experience this culture yourself to really know it. But…