Gijón, the largest city in Asturias with 275,000 inhabitants, was a center of industrial development and trade in this region. But the time of smoking chimneys is over. Where coal used to be loaded from the neighboring mines, yachts and sailing ships now swing in the sports harbor. The industrial port was moved further away from the city.
The cityscape of the port city is relatively modern, functional and uninviting. The old building structure was severely damaged during the Spanish Civil War. And yet the city appears in a different light when you look at the Gijón from the sea side from the Cerro de Santa Catalina hill.
Asturias port city in the north of Spain is an experience. Here the residents are still among themselves, here life is still authentic and the bars are not a show for tourism. Gijón is pure Asturias.
Gijón is a metropolis on the coast of Asturias in northern Spain. The industrial city with a population of 275,000 has already produced such big names as the writer Jovellanos and the football coach Luis Enrique.
Here, football freaks associate the city with the “shame of Gijon”, when Germany and Austria behaved at the 1982 World Cup in such a way that the next round was safe for both of them. They almost only played on their own goalkeeper and Austria’s TV presenter is said to have roared with anger, the audience may please turn off the flicker box.
Today, Gijón is no longer a black industrial moloch, but a wonderful city. And the kickers from Sporting Gijón also play good football.
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