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The Principality of Asturias is an autonomous community of Spain located on the northern part of the country facing the Cantabrian Sea. It is formerly the Kingdom of Asturias during medieval times. Asturias is 10,604 sq km (4,094 sq mi) and has a population of slightly over a million people (2011 estimate). The regional capital is Oviedo while the biggest city is Gijón. The region is divided into counties called comarcas, of which there are eight.

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Asturias borders Cantabria to the east, Castilla y León to the south and Galicia to the west. Within this region is the Pico de Europa National Park, with some of the most spectacular mountains in the country. Along the rugged coastline of Asturias are numerous beaches, coves and sea caves.

The Asturias region of Spain is renowned for its seafood. It is also popular for its cheeses, its apple cider and specialty dishes such as the stew fabada asturiana. Compared to other regions of Spain, Asturias lags behind economically, due to a decline in the steel industry, a mainstay of its economy. However this has somewhat been replaced by a service industry that helps to reduce its rate of unemployment.

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Main Cities in Asturias

Map of the Towns and Cities of Asturias

Sights in Asturias

  1. Cangas de Onís
  2. Dobra River
  3. Picos de Europa National Park

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