The Principado de Asturias is located in the North of Spain occupying a territory of 10.603 km2 which is home to 1.081.000 people. It is bordered to the West by Galicia, on the North by the Cantabrian Sea, on the East by Cantabria and to the South by the province of León. Its capital is Oviedo, with Gijón being the most populous city; other important towns are Avilés, Langreo, Mieres, Pola de Siero, Cangas de Narcea, Navia, Luarca, Grado, Arriondas, Cangas de Onís and Llanes.
The Principado de Asturias has a international airport of Asturias is located in the locality of Santiago del Monte, Castrillón, at the center of the province, a 10 minutes drive by car from Avilés and 30 minutes from Oviedo and Gijón. It has domestic flights to Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Alicante, Valencia, Ibiza, Mallorca and international connections to London, Paris, Geneva and Lisbon. Asturias also has the Morgal airfield in Llanera which is a few minutes’ drive from Oviedo.
There is also an extensive network of rail services managed by FEVE at regional level.
RENFE offers long distance rail services to Alicante, Barcelona, Ferrol, León, Madrid and Santander. Currently an AVE high-speed train line is under construction to reduce travel time with Madrid.
In the Principado de Asturias there are two main routes of national motorways crossing the province: the A-66 crosses the region from North to South, and the A-8 from the East to the West. In addition there are some regional highways and a wide and well maintained network of roads managed by the local Government. You can cross Asturias from one extreme to another in a maximum of three hours.
The electricity and water supply is guaranteed by the abundance of mineral, hydrographic and hydraulic resources.
There is a significant reserve of industrial land resource, both in already existing industrial parks and in suggested industrial areas. There are also two technology parks, one in Gijón and another in Llanera.
95% of the population has access to broadband internet services, which makes Asturias the Spanish region with the highest rate of broadband cable internet access.
There are numerous industrial and scientific research centers from the University of Oviedo to private institutions such as as ArcelorMittal, Saint-Gobain, the Cellulose National Enterprise (ENCE) or ThyssenKrupp. Companies can choose from a plentiful stock of well qualified workers, both with professional skills as well as of people with university education.
Asturias is dedicated to the development and use of clean energy with innovative projects in offshore wind energy and a centre of collection, treatment and disposal of waste, which is a leading environmental model in Spain.
The Principado de Asturias is also the province in Spain with the highest rate of public health care per capita, counting 21 hospitals of which 14 are public and 7 private, including the world-famous Ophthalmic Institute “Fernandez Vega”.
As a consequence of an amazing environment of mountains, valleys, rivers, sea, fauna and flora, 40% of the territory is designated as a natural reserve, the highest rate of any European province.
Add a large cultural infrastructure, excellent cuisine and the innate kindness of its inhabitants and you understand why the quality of living in the Principado de Asturias is arguably one of the best in Spain.
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