HistoryAsturias was inhabited, first by '' '', then by . Since the era, and during the , Asturias was characterized by cave paintings in the eastern part of the area. In the period, a native culture developed, that of the ''Asturiense'', and later, with the introduction of the , s and were constructed. In the , the territory came under the cultural influence of the ; the local Celtic peoples, known as the es, were composed of tribes such as the ''Luggones'', the ''Pesicos'', and others, who populated the entire area with '' castros'' (fortified hill-towns). Today the Celtic influence persists in , such as those of rivers and mountains. With the conquest of Asturias by the under (29–19 BC), the region entered into recorded history. The Astures were subdued by the Romans but were never fully conquered. After several centuries without foreign presence, they enjoyed a brief revival during the Germanic invasions of the late 4th century AD, resisting and raids throughout the 5th Century AD, ending with the Moorish invasion of Spain. However, as it had been for the Romans and Visigoths, the Moors did not find mountainous territory easy to conquer, and the lands along Spain's northern coast never fully became part of . Rather, with the beginning of the Moorish conquest in the 8th century, this region became a refuge for Christian nobles, and in 722, a ''de facto'' independent kingdom was established, the '' Regnum Asturorum'', which was to become the cradle of the incipient '' '' (Reconquest). In the 10th century, the Kingdom of Asturias gave way to the , and during the the geographic isolation of the territory made historical references scarce. Through the rebellion of Prince Henry (the later ) in the 14th century, the Principality of Asturias was established. The most famous proponents of independence were Gonzalo Peláez and Queen Urraca, who, while achieving significant victories, were ultimately defeated by troops. After its integration into the , Asturias provided the Spanish court with high-ranking aristocrats and played an important role in the colonisation of America. Since 1388, the heir to the Castilian (later Spanish) throne has been styled . In the 16th century, the population reached 100,000 for the first time, and within another century that number would double due to the arrival of American . In the 18th century, Asturias was one of the centres of the Spanish Enlightenment. The renowned thinker Benito de Feijóo settled in the of San Vicente de Oviedo. , a and prominent reformer and politician of the late 18th century, was born in the seaside town of . During the , Asturias was the first Spanish province to rise up against the French following the abdication of King on 10 May 1808. Riots began in Oviedo and on 25 May the local government formally declared war on with 18,000 men called to arms to resist invasion. The came to Asturias after 1830 with the discovery and systematic exploitation of coal mines and iron factories at the mining basins of Nalón and . At the same time, there was significant migration to (especially , , , and ); those who succeeded overseas often returned to their native land much wealthier. These entrepreneurs were known collectively as 'Indianos', for having visited and made their fortunes in the and beyond. The heritage of these wealthy families can still be seen in Asturias today: many large 'modernista' villas are dotted across the region, as well as cultural institutions such as free schools and public libraries. Asturias played an important part in the events that led up to the . In October 1934 Asturian miners and other workers staged an armed uprising (see Revolution of Asturias) to oppose the coming to power of the right-wing CEDA party, which had obtained three ministerial posts in the centralist government of the . For a month, a Popular Front Committee exercised control in southern Asturias, while local workers committees sprang up elsewhere in the region. A war committee dominated by supporters took power in Oviedo . Troops under the command of a then unknown general named were brought from to suppress the revolt. Franco applied tactics normally reserved for overseas colonies, using troops of the and : ferocious oppression followed. As a result, Asturias remained loyal to the republican government during the , and was the scene of an extraordinary defence in extreme terrain, the . With Franco eventually gaining control of all Spain, Asturias — traditionally linked to the — was known merely as the "Province of Oviedo" from 1939 until Franco's death in 1975. The province's name was restored fully after the return of democracy to Spain, in 1977. In the 50s and 60s the industrial progress of Asturias continued with the constitution of national enterprises like Ensidesa and Hunosa, but the 80s was the decade of a dramatic . On 30 December 1981, Asturias became an autonomous community within the decentralised territorial structure established by the Constitution of 1978. Rafael Luis Fernández Álvarez, who had previously served as the President of the Regional Council since 1978, became the first , upon the adoption of autonomy. The Government of the Principality of Asturias, Asturian regional government holds comprehensive competencies in important areas such as health, education and protection of the environment. The current president, elected in 2019, Adrián Barbón (Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, PSOE).
Administrative and territorial divisionAsturias is organised territorially into 78 Municipality, municipalities, further subdivided into Parroquia (Spain), parishes. Asturias is also divided into eight ''Comarcas of Asturias, comarcas'', which are not administrative divisions. They are only used as a system to homogenize the statistical data made by the Principality.
Municipalities of Asturias
ParishesThe parroquia or parish is the subdivision of the Asturian municipalities. Currently, there are 857 parishes integrating the 78 municipalities in the region, and they usually coincide with the ecclesiastic divisions.
Geography and climateThe Cantabrian Mountains (''Cordillera Cantábrica'') form Asturias's natural border with the province of León (province), León to the south. In the eastern range, the Picos de Europa National Park contains the highest and arguably most spectacular mountains, rising to at the Torrecerredo peak. Other notable features of this predominantly limestone range are the Redes Natural Park, Parque Natural de Redes in the central east, the central Ubiñas south of , and the Somiedo Natural Park, Parque Natural de Somiedo in the west. The Cantabrian mountains offer opportunities for activities such as climbing, walking, skiing and caving, and extend some in total, as far as province to the west of Asturias and province to the east. Similar opportunities are available for the traveler of Asturias interested in Caldoveiro Peak. The Asturian coastline is extensive, with hundreds of beaches, coves and natural sea caves. Notable examples include the Playa del Silencio (''Beach of Silence'') near the fishing village of Cudillero (west of ), as well as the many beaches surrounding the summer resort of Llanes, such as the Barro, Ballota and Torimbia (the latter a predominantly nudist beach). Most of Asturias's beaches are sandy, clean, and bordered by steep cliffs, on top of which it is not unusual to see grazing livestock. The key features of Asturian geography are its rugged coastal cliffs and the mountainous interior. The climate of Asturias is heavily marked by the gulf stream. Falling within the Cantabrian belt known as Green Spain it has high precipitations all year round. Summers are mild and, on the coast, winters also have relatively benign temperatures, rarely including frost. The cold is especially felt in the mountains, where snow is present from October till May. Both rain and snow are regular weather features of Asturian winters. In coastal or near-coastal areas, daytime high temperatures generally average around – during winter and – in summer.
PollutionThis part of Spain is one of the most well conserved in the entire country, and full of vegetation and wild spaces. It holds two of the most important natural parks in Spain, and is very renowned for the Picos de Europa and Somiedo areas. The Gijón area was marked and singled out as one of the pollution hotspots in Western Europe in a 2015 report from the International Institute for Applied Science Systems, where predictions for 2030 conditions were made. Gijón was marked much higher than any other Spanish metro area, in spite of the much larger populations in cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. This was attributed to heavy industrial activities. Since outdoor air pollution is a major cause of premature death in Europe, the excessive pollution is a major concern for Asturias. The majority of Asturias population live within a range from the port of Gijón, so pollution would be likely to heavily affect the population. A Spanish government study conducted in 2010 regarding life expectancy in relative communities, Asturias was ranked lowest (tied with Andalucia) for male life expectancy with 76.7 years from 2007 readings. However, female life expectancy was 84 years and normal among autonomous communities. However, even the male life expectancy is only just below Western European standards, and exaggerated by the high Spanish life expectancy. Considering that many Asturians live in relatively close proximity to Gijón's heavily industrial areas, these figures for especially female relative health still contribute to a position that Gijón is a safe location to live. The numbers for "disability-free" life expectancy has risen significantly both for males and females in the area since 1986, according to the report. Update: the coal fired electric generating plant, Aboño, completed a Spanish government/EU demand to install equipment to drastically reduce its emissions. Also, the other two major polluters - Arcelor Gijón and Arcelor Avilés - have announced an investment of 100 million euros to do the same. These factories have been a major cause of the area's high airborne pollution.
DemographicsAccording to the 2020 census, the region has a population of 1,018,784 which constitutes 2.1% of the population of Spain, with the population density numbering 96 people per square kilometre. Asturian population has the highest mortality rate in Spain and the lowest total fertility rate (1.03), the lowest in the European Union. Immigration is not as high as in other Spanish regions as immigrants only represent, according to the 2017 census, 3.65% of population.
LanguagesThe only official language in Asturias is Spanish language, Spanish. The Asturian language, also known as Bable, is also spoken, and is protected by law (''Ley 1/1998, de 23 de marzo, de uso y promoción del bable/asturiano'' — "Law 1/1998, of 23 March, of Use and Promotion of Bable/Asturian"). It is sometimes used by the Asturian civil service. In the western part of Asturias, Eonavian is also spoken, and its promotion also falls under the responsibility of Law 1/1998. Whether Eonavian is a dialect continuum or a variety of Galician language, however, is a subject of debate, and its use in the Asturian Administration is minor compared to the use of the Asturian language. Within Asturias, there is an ongoing process to establish place names in Asturian and Eonavian dialects.
ReligionIn 2019, the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas, Centre for Sociological Research carried a study showing the population of Asturias was 65.2% Catholic Church in Spain, Catholic (25.1% practicing), 13.5% Agnosticism, agnostic, and 12.8% Atheism, atheist.
PoliticsThe organisation and political structure of Asturias is governed by the Statute of Autonomy of the Principality of Asturias, in force since 30 January 1982. According to the Statute, the institutional bodies of the Principality of Asturias are three: the Council of Government of the Principality of Asturias, Council of Government, the General Junta of the Principality of Asturias, General Junta and President of the Principality of Asturias, President. The form of government of the Principality is Parliamentarism, Parliament: The General Junta is the legislature to choose, on behalf of the Asturian people, the President of the Principality of Asturias. The President is also the one of the Council of Government, the head of executive power, and politically answerable to the General Junta. The functions of the General Junta are the approval of budgets, and the direction and control of the action of the Council of Government. It is composed of 45 deputies, elected for four years through the universal suffrage within a system proportional representation that the allocation of deputies is based on D'Hondt method.
Results of the elections to the General Junta
EconomyFor centuries, the backbone of the Asturian economy was agriculture and fishing. Milk production and its derivatives was also traditional, but its big development was a byproduct of the economic expansion of the late 1960s. Nowadays, products from the dairy cooperative Central Lechera Asturiana are being commercialised all over Spain. The main regional industry in modern times, however, was coal mining and steel production: in the times of Francisco Franco's dictatorship, it was the centre of Spain's steel industry. The then state-owned ENSIDESA steel company is now part of the privatised Aceralia, now part of the ArcelorMittal Group. The industry created many jobs, which resulted in significant migration from other regions in Spain, mainly Extremadura, Andalusia and . The steel industry is now in decline when measured in terms of number of jobs provided, as is the mining. The reasons for the latter are mainly the high costs of production to extract the coal compared to other regions. Regional economic growth is below the broader Spanish rate, though in recent years growth in service industries has helped reduce Asturias's high rate of unemployment. Large out-of-town retail parks have opened near the region's largest cities (Gijón and Oviedo), whilst the ever-present Spanish construction industry appears to continue to thrive. Asturias has benefited extensively since 1986 from European Union investment in roads and other essential infrastructure, though there has also been some controversy regarding how these funds are spent, for example, on miners' pensions. The Gross domestic product (GDP) of the autonomous community was 23.3 billion euros in 2018, accounting for 1.9% of Spanish economic output. GDP per capita adjusted for purchasing power was 24,400 euros or 81% of the EU27 average in the same year. The GDP per employee was 98% of the EU average. This makes the region the 10th richest in Spain, a big decrease from the 1970s/1980s - the heyday of the Spanish mining industry, when Asturias was commonly regarded as one of the most prosperous regions in Southern Europe. Asturias has been growing below the Spanish national average since the decline of the mining industry, and grew just 0.82% in 2008, the lowest of all regions in Spain. On the plus side, unemployment in Asturias is below the average of Spain; it stood at 13.7% in 2017.
AirAsturias is served by Asturias Airport, Asturias International Airport (OVD), from Oviedo, near the northwest coast and the industrial town of Avilés. * Several national carriers link Asturias to Madrid and Barcelona, Alicante, London, Paris and others. ** Iberia Airlines, Iberia ** Volotea ** Vueling Eastern Asturias is also easily accessible from Santander Airport. Recent improvements introduced in the road network permit flying into Santander, Cantabria, Santander and later driving into Asturias, which can be entered in less than an hour's drive. The Irish airline Ryanair operates flights to Santander Airport from Frankfurt Hahn, Liverpool, Dublin, Edinburgh, London Stansted and Rome Ciampino.
SeaEl Musel (the Port of Gijón) is able to receive cruise ships of any size. Companies as P&O, Swan Hellenic or Hapag Lloyd choose the Port of Gijón every year for their calls in the Atlantic European Coast. The following areas are available for cruise vessels: * Moliner quay: 313 m berthing with 14 m draught. * 7ª Alignment: 326 m with 12 m draught. * Espigón II. South alignment. 360 m berth with 9 m draught. These locations allow a high degree of access control, with security guaranteed for both vessels and passengers alike. The city centre is only away and the Port Authority provides dedicated coach connection allowing passengers to take advantage of the cultural, gastronomy, gastronomic and commercial opportunities that Gijón has to offer. Between 2010 and 2014, the city of Gijón was connected by ferry with the French city of Nantes. This connection was also known as the "sea highway" and it had a frequency of two ferries per day in both directions. The route was cancelled in September 2014.
TrainSpain's national RENFE rail network also serves Asturias well; trains regularly depart to and from the Spanish interior. Major stops are the regional capital, , and the main coastal city, . Meanwhile, the FEVE rail company links the centre of the region with Eastern and Western Asturias. Under the Cantabrian Mountains, the Pajares Base Tunnel, is currently under construction, and will reduce the journey times from Madrid to Asturias from 5 hours to just 3 hours, paving the way for the arrival of AVE trains in the near future.
BusThere is also a comprehensive bus service run by the ALSA (bus company), ALSA company. It links , , and with Madrid and other major towns, several times a day. These include services to Barcelona, Salamanca, León (Spain), León, Valladolid, A Coruña, Bilbao, Seville, San Sebastián, Paris, Brussels and Nice, to name just a few.
Key attractionsis the capital city of Asturias and contains Santa María del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo, a pre-Romanesque church and a palace respectively, which were built by the first Asturian kings on Mount Naranco, to the north of the city (World Heritage Site). In modern architecture, the ''Palacio de Congresos de Oviedo'' (or ''Modoo'') was designed by Santiago Calatrava. Gijon, the biggest city of Asturias, is a coastal city known for cultural and sports events, and a beach tourism centre in northern Spain. It also is known for the traditional Asturian gastronomy and for being an Asturian cider production spot. Museums in the city include the Universidad Laboral de Gijón, including a modern art museum and theatre. is the third largest city in Asturias, where "La villa del adelantado" (as locals call it, in reference of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés) is a meeting point. "Saint Nicholas of Bari" or "Capilla de los Alas" in Romanesque and Romanesque-Gothic style, respectively; Palacio de Balsera, in Modernist style or St. Thomas of Canterbury church (dating from the 13th century) are examples which show the historical patrimony to be found in the city. The Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Centro Niemeyer, designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, is an example of contemporary architecture in Asturias. The Picos de Europa National Park, and other parts of the Asturian mountain range: The Picu Urriellu mountain (2519 m or 8262 ft), also known as ''El Naranjo de Bulnes'', is a molar-shaped peak which, reputedly, glows orange in the evening sun, hence its name. Weather permitting, it can be viewed from Camarmeña village, near Poncebos, south of Arenas de Cabrales. The shrine to the Virgin of Covadonga and the mountain lakes (''Lakes of Covadonga, Los Lagos''), near : Legend has it that in the 8th century, the Our Lady of Covadonga, Virgin blessed Asturian Christian forces with a well-timed signal to attack Spain's Moorish conquerors, thereby taking the invaders by surprise in the Battle of Covadonga. The '' '' and eventual unification of all Spain is therefore said to have started in this very location. The paleolithic art in the caves of Asturias is declared World Heritage Site with the Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain, Paleolithic Art of Northern Spain. Asturias also has examples of Industrial archaeology, industrial heritage as a consequence of its industrial activities in the 19th and 20th centuries. It had metallurgical and chemical factories, mines, bridges and railways, including in the towns of , Mieres and . The Asturian coast: especially the beaches in and around the summer resort of , the Playa del Silencio near Cudillero fishing village, or the "white" village of Luarca (Severo Ochoa hometown).
Other places of interest* Ceceda village: east of along the N634 road. Of particular interest in this exemplary settlement are the traditional ''Hórreo, horreos'' (grain silos), raised on stilts so as to keep field mice from getting at the grain. * The Dobra (Sella), Dobra River: south of , known for its unusual colour. * The ''senda costera'' (coastal way) between Pendueles and : This partly paved nature route takes in some of Asturias' most spectacular coastal scenery, such as the noisy ''bufones'' (blowhole (geology), blowholes) and the Playa de Ballota (Cudillero), Ballota. * Caldoveiro Peak, a scenic mountain hiking area * The unusual rock formation on the beach at Buelna village: east of . Best viewed at low tide.
ArchitectureAsturias has a rich artistic legacy that emphasizes Romanesque art, Romanesque (''Asturias Arts'') indigenous architecture with monuments like Santa María del Naranco, Santa Cristina de Lena and San Miguel de Lillo. These monuments have a Ramirense Romanesque style (due to Ramiro I of Asturias, Ramiro I) or San Julián de los Prados, known as Santullano ( ) of the Alfonsino pre-Romanesque style (due to Alfonso II of Asturias, Alfonso II), which are all in Oviedo. Other examples of architecture are Villaviciosa's church, San Salvador de Valdediós (commonly known by the Asturians as "Conventín"), and the church of San Salvador de Priesca. Another example is Cabranes, Cabranes' San Julian de Viñón. The Romanesque architecture, Romanesque style is very present, since all Asturias is crossed by one of the Camino de Santiago routes, which highlights the Monastery of San Pedro de Villanueva (near Cangas de Onis), the churches of Church of San Esteban (Aramil), San Esteban de Aramil ( ), Church of San Juan (Amandi), San Juan de Amandi ( Villaviciosa) and Santa María de Junco (Ribadesella). The Gothic architecture, Gothic style is not as abundant, but there are good examples of this style, such as the Oviedo Cathedral, Cathedral of San Salvador in Oviedo. The Baroque architecture, Baroque style is more present by means of palace architecture, with such notable examples as the Palace of Camposagrado and Velarde - the latter seat of Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias. The Baroque style stands out in public civil engineering and bridge tolls (Olloniego); the milestones, the chairs or seats present along the road to Madrid and the resort of Caldas de Priorio (Oviedo) building. In 1985, the UNESCO declared the pre-Romanesque monuments and the Oviedo Cathedral, Cathedral of Oviedo as World Heritage Sites. In popular architecture, the traditional granaries in Asturias, called ''hórreos'', are known for their demographic extension and their functional evolution, its basic characteristic being its mobility: it can be easily dismounted and transported to another location. The Panera is the evolution of the hórreo, with examples exceeding of area covered. The purpose of the horreo is to store objects and crops. With the arrival of maize and the beans, they were endowed with exterior corridors and railings for drying the harvests. Asturias is home to the only architectural work in Spain (as well as the largest in Europe) of the Brazilian architect and disciple of Le Corbusier; Oscar Niemeyer: the Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre. The architectural project was donated to the Principality by the architect, who was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award, Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, in the XXV edition of these awards. Niemeyer's project combined several different elements, and projected an open space, a place for education, culture and peace. In the capital of the Principality stands one of the most representative buildings of modern architecture, the Palace of Congresses of Oviedo, by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who also awarded the Prince of Asturias of Award for the Arts in 1999. Special importance has been placed in recent years on the recovery of industrial heritage through various routes and industrial museums, especially in the central area of the region.
Festivals and holidaysSome of the most famous festivals in Asturias are from the small town of . These festivals celebrate the important saints and the Virgin Mary adored by the town. The associations that prepare the festivals have a rivalry between them and each year they try to outdo each other with more impressive shows. The three most important are the festival of San Roque (St. Roque) held on the 16th of August, the festival of Nuestra Señora Virgen de La Guia (Our Lady, Virgin Mary, the Guide) held on the 8th of September, and the festival of Santa Maria Magdalena (St. Mary Magdalene) held on the 22nd of July. The Magdalena is well known for its impressive march of logs where boys as young as 3 and men carry logs through the town until they reach the end point and start a large bonfire.
Food and drinkWhile Asturias is especially known for its seafood, the most famous regional dish is ''Fabada Asturiana, fabada asturiana'', a rich stew typically made with large white broad bean, beans (''fabes''), shoulder of pork (''lacón''), black pudding (''morcilla''), and spicy sausage (''chorizo''). Apple groves foster the production of the region's traditional alcoholic drink, a natural cider (''sidra''). Since it is natural and bottled without gas, it produces a weak carbonation, and when Asturian cider is served, it is poured in a particular way, ''el escanciado'': the bottle is held above the head allowing for a long vertical pour, causing the cider to be aerated as it splashes into the glass below. After drinking most of the content, it is customary to splash a little out onto the ground, as a way to clean the glass of any lees (fermentation), lees for the next serving. Traditionally, the same glass is refilled and passed around, with everyone drinking from it in turn. Asturian cheeses, especially Cabrales cheese, Cabrales, are also eaten throughout Spain and beyond; Asturias is often called "the land of cheeses" (''el país de los quesos'').
SportAsturias has two main football teams: Real Sporting de Gijón, Sporting de Gijón and Real Oviedo, which have played over 35 seasons in La Liga. Other current notable sports teams are Oviedo CB (basketball) and AB Gijón Jovellanos (handball). Racecar driver Fernando Alonso is a two-time Formula One world champion, and races with Asturias' flag colours on his helmet. Also, cyclist Samuel Sánchez won a gold at the Olympic games. Football players from Asturias include World Cup winner David Villa as well as Quini, Luis Enrique (footballer), Luis Enrique, Juan Manuel Mata, and Santiago Cazorla, among others.
LiteratureThese are some notable people of Asturian Literature: * Antón de Marirreguera (17th century) * (1744–1811) * Ramón de Campoamor (1817–1901) * Leopoldo Alas, Leopoldo Alas, "Clarín" (1851–1901) * Armando Palacio Valdés (1853–1938) * Ramón Pérez de Ayala (1880–1962) * Alfonso Camín (1890–1982) * Alejandro Casona (1903–1965) * Carlos Bousoño (1923) * Ángel González Muñiz, Ángel González (1925–2008) * Corín Tellado (1927–2009) * Gonzalo Suárez (1934) * Rafael Reig (1963) * Aurelio González Ovies (1964) * Xuan Bello (1965) * Jorge Moreno (1973)
MusicThe music of Asturias is varied. The most characteristic instrument in traditional music is the Gaita asturiana, Asturian bagpipe, or ''Gaita asturiana'', which has a single drone, in common with the traditional bagpipes of other Celtic nations such as Wales and Ireland. The bagpipe is often accompanied by the hand drum, whistles and accordion. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in traditional folk music, and several music ensembles have gained regional and international recognition for their ethnomusicological study and presentation of indigenous Asturian music. Notable examples include traditional pipers such as Xuacu Amieva and Tejedor and fusionist José Ángel Hevia (whose music video provides views of both the gaita and the Asturian landscape), and the groups Llan de Cubel, Xera (band), Xera, Nuberu and Felpeyu. Additionally, numerous rock, ska and heavy metal groups have also found relative success within Asturias, many of which incorporate elements of traditional Asturian music into their sound.
AnthemThe Asturian anthem Asturias, patria querida (Asturias, beloved fatherland), which was a popular song adopted as the region's anthem and formalised by ''Ley 1/1984, de 27 de Abríl''.
Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de AsturiasThe Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias is the premier orchestra in the Principality of Asturias. It is based in the Auditorio Príncipe Felipe in Oviedo, but also performs in the main concert venues in Gijón and Avilés. Rossen Milanov is the Music Director.
Other''Leyenda, Asturias'' is also the name of the fifth movement of the ''Suite Española, Op. 47'' by Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz. Nevertheless, the music has little in common with the region's own folklore. Another famous piece of classical music more authentically inspired by the Asturian musical heritage is Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's ''Capriccio Espagnol'', which prominently features a theme from an ''alborada'', a dance tune traditionally played to celebrate the rising of the sun.
Notable people* Luis Enrique Martínez García, former FC Barcelona captain and manager. he has also been the manager of Spain national football team since July 9, 2018. * Juan Carreño de Miranda, court painter * Fernando Alonso, Formula One racing driver, 2005 and 2006 world champion * Leopoldo Alas "Clarín", 19th-century author of ''La Regenta'', a seminal work in the Spanish literary canon * Armando Palacio Valdés, 19th and 20th-century novelist and critic * Francisco Álvarez Cascos, minister in Spain's government 1996–2000 and 2000–2004 * Santi Cazorla, Arsenal F.C, Arsenal and Spain international football player, European Champion 2008 and 2012 * Torcuato Fernández-Miranda, key lawmaker during the Spanish transition to democracy * Ángel González Muñiz, Ángel González, major Spanish poet of the 20th century. * , philosopher, politician, Age of Enlightenment, Enlightenment thinker * Pedro Rodríguez de Campomanes, statesman, economist, and Age of Enlightenment, Enlightenment writer * Agustín Argüelles, liberal politician * Pedro Menéndez de Avilés Spanish explorer and founder of Saint Augustine, Florida * Gonzalo Méndez de Canço, governor of the Spanish Florida (1596-1603). * Queen Letizia of Spain, a native of and wife of Felipe VI of Spain, Felipe VI, King of Spain * Severo Ochoa, 1959 Nobel Prize winner for physiology or medicine * Rafael del Riego, general and liberal politician * Carmen Polo, wife of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco * Chechu Rubiera, cyclist * Victor Manuel, Spanish singer-songwriter * José Andrés, chef * Amalia Ulman, artist * David Villa, New York City FC and Spain international football star, European Champion 2008, World Champion 2010 * Juan Manuel Mata, Manchester United F.C. player, Spain international football star, World Champion 2010 and European Champion 2012 * Michu, former Swansea City and Rayo Vallecano player * Xaviel Vilareyo, national poet, writer and musician * Samuel Sánchez, cyclist, Olympic gold medalist * Melendi, is a Spanish pop singer-songwriter * Pablo Carreño, professional tennis player * Margarita Salas, scientist
Events* * Asturian miners' strike of 1934, Asturian Revolution (Asturian History) * Gijón International Film Festival (Entertainment) * Avilés International Cinema and Architecture Festival (Entertainment)
See also* Asturian architecture between the years 711 to 925 * List of oldest church buildings * :Churches in Asturias, Churches in Asturias * Asturian cinema * Asturcón, Asturcón pony * :Asturian mythology * Arama 36/37: Association for the Recovery of Asturian Military Architecture 1936–1937
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