GEOGRAPHY• The principality of Asturias is one of the seventeen autonomous communities in Spain. It has a wide variety of landscapes, which combine green and rugged mountains, white sand beaches, rocky beaches, and a vast extension of green and natural landscape.
HISTORY• 1-Roman period (29-91 BC) Roman bridge in Cangas de Onís• 2-Resistance to Muslims.The battle of Covadonga,and Pelayo, the most important soldier.• 3-Declaration of "principality of Asturias" 1388.• 4-1934: the rebellion in the coal mines and the miners revolution
GASTRONOMY OF ASTURIAS • Fabada is the typical dish of Asturias. • Sidra and seafood are also typical. • The food is homemade.
THE REGIONAL HOLIDAY OFASTURIAS IS SEPTEMBER 8TH. . • It honors our lady Covadonga, patron of Asturias
OTHER IMPORTANT HOLIDAYS• Oviedo: 19th September.• Gijón: 15th August.• Avilés: 28th August.
GETTING TO KNOW THE• Luarca WEST – Beautiful fishing village – Famous graveyard. Ramón y Cajal buried there• Castropol – Beach of Peñarronda • Presence of unique plant species – Santiago church • Until the nineteenth century it was a pilgrim´s hospital• Tineo – Inland village with palaces and well-preserved houses
GETTING TO KNOW THE• Oviedo, the Capital CENTRE – Prerromanic churches in Monte Naranco• Cudillero – Fishing village with beautiful harbour• Avilés, our home town – Important old town centre with bars, night life – Galiana and Rivero are important streets• Gijón – Most populated town – Important summer festivals
GETTING TO KNOW THE• Covadonga EAST • The church of Covadonga • The Cave of Covadonga• Picos de Europa • Famous trekking paths• Ribadesella • Beaches and row boatshttp://www.el-caminoreal.com/monumentos/monumentos.htm
ASTURIAS IN FIGURES• Total population: 1.075.381• Surface area: 10564 km² (2,1% of national surface)• Women: 559.570• Men: 515.292• Number of companies: 72.276• Most populated city: Avilés (3107,8 hab./m ² )• Oviedo-Gijón-Avilés: 53,4% of Asturias population
FUN FACTS• Airport with most flights cancelled by fog (0,55%)• Highest percentage of road sections with high risk of accidents• Community with the third lowest percentage of foreigners (3,04%)• Highest percentage of crimes solved in Spain (61,8%)• The average percentage of computers Asturias (42,6%)• Gijon is the fifteenth largest city in Spain
• Oviedo is the twenty-second largest city in Spain• Australia is the country from which most products are imported (474 millions €)• Germany is the country to which most products are exported (596,85 millions €)
ECONOMY• The economy of Asturias has a declining primary sector which employs 20% of the active population with beef production, agriculture (corn, potatoes and apples) and fishing.• The mining of coal remains significant, but it is not as important as it once was.
ECONOMY• The secondary sector employs 33% of the active population, and includes steel, food, shipyards, weapons, chemicals, transportation equipment , and so on.
ECONOMY• The tertiary sector includes 53% of the working population and is on the rise. It is responsible for the concentration of population in urban areas and the importance that tourism has acquired in the region in recent years.
FAMOUS ASTURIANSFernando Alonso,formula one racingdriver. 2005 and 2006world champion.Letizia, Princess ofAsturias, wife of PrincePhilip.Severo Ochoa, 1959novel prize winner forpgisiology and medicine.