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BULNES, FIND YOURSELF IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

Deep in the Picos de Europa, a small town is hidden. Its name is Bulnes. And there’s no place like that anywhere else. On an altitude of 649 meter, the parish of Cabrales is left to be discovered for adventurers. With less than 50 inhabitants, Bulnes is an oasis of calmness. It exists out of…

FIVE RATHER UNUSUAL BEACHES IN ASTURIAS

The coastline of Asturias is very impressive. At times you find sights which leave you stunned. For example, the Bufones de Pría. There are also dozens of beaches, where people enjoy the sun (when it shines). Some of them are flooded by tourists, others are rather remote. Every playa has its own story. But some…

VAQUERO PALACIOS: A NEW LOOK OF ENERGY

Sometimes the separated worlds of industry and art meet. One example is the remarkable marriage between the Asturian architect/painter Joaquín Vaquero Palacios and the energy company Hidroélectrica del Cantábrico, now part of Energias de Portugal (EDP). In the decades ’50-’60-’70-’80 Vaquero Palacios designed five hydropower stations, which fit in the concept of architectural Gesamtkunstwerk. A…

FROM MEXICO CITY TO GIJÓN: GUILLERMO WEBBER

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. Guillermo is a Mexican boy that came to Gijón to study communications, he especially likes the neighbourhood he lives in.

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…