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PERLORA, AN ABANDONED HOLIDAY VILLAGE

Cottages, churches, employee housing, a BBQ area with a playground, tennis courts, minigolf courses, 3 beaches, a football field – all abandoned and connected! Perlora Holiday Village, was born in the fifties, when Franco’s dictatorship was at its height, as a holiday complex for workers from all over the country. The single workers union was behind…

HOW TO FIND A FLAT TO RENT IN ASTURIAS

When you move to Asturias, one of the first things you will need to do is to source some accommodation. Searching for an apartment is always a daunting task, but searching for one in a foreign country adds an additional element of uncertainty. Renting a property in Asturias is a good way to get to know…

SEMANA NEGRA, THE BLACK BOOK FAIR

The ‘Semana Negra’ of Gijón is a literary festival born in 1988 thanks to the initiative of the writer Paco Ignacio Taibo II and it is celebrated, every July, in Gijón, Principality of Asturias (Spain). It began dedicated exclusively to the black novel, but has been extended to the science fiction, the fantasy and the historical…

FROM BATH TO CARREÑO: TERRI MITCHEL

The Expat Interview Series began as a way to give expats around Asturias a space to tell their story of why they moved to their new home, and how they did it. If you want to be part of the series, get in touch! INTERVIEW WITH TOBY GOVAN Name: Terri Mitchel Where do you come from?: Bath, UK WHERE DID YOU…

PICO PIENZU, TREKKING WITH STUNNING VIEWS

There are few places with such special magic. The Pico Pienzu is the highest peak of Sierra del Sueve at North of Picos de Europa very close to the sea. It’s only at 5km from the sea and it’s a peak of 1161m, a curiosity difficult to find all over the World and for this…

FROM CZECH REPUBLIC TO PINZALES: MARKÉTA MACKOVA

The Expat Interview Series began as a way to give expats around Asturias a space to tell their story of why they moved to their new home, and how they did it. If you want to be part of the series, get in touch! Name: Markéta Macková Age: 27 Where do you come from?: Czech republic…

SURF IN ASTURIAS, A WAY OF LIFE

In the northernwestern corner of Spain, you will find one of the top surfing hotspots in Europe. The region of Asturias, located on the Green coast, reminds a paradise surrounded by beautiful mountains and beaches with world class waves. It has an extensive coastline (around 354 km) and surf tourism has been increasing year on year. Surfing…

THE CUISINE OF ASTURIAS

Spanish Food and Cooking is steeped in richness and diversity. The gastronomy varies by region dramatically and the green Coast is a must for gourmet travellers. The Atlantic region, in the north of Spain, stands out with its specialties consisting of sauces and fish dishes. Asturias, concretely, offers diversity in a cuisine that blends “sea and mountain”, with…

BECOMING A RESIDENT IN GIJÓN

If you are planning to move to Gijón and it is going to be your first time living in Spain, most likely you will need to get the NIE. The NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjero) is a Spanish identification number assigned by the Spanish government to any foreigner. Both EU citizens and non-EU citizens get issued a…

GIJÓN, THE PEARL OF THE GREEN COAST

Gijón is without a doubt one of the most special cities of the northern Green Coast of Spain. Encompassing 182 km² and a population of around 275 735, it is the largest city in the region of Asturias, located on the Bay of Biscay. Both the sea and the mountains are continually present in this city, which…