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PresentacionGijón's profile is determined by the sea. The city lies at the heart of the Asturian coastline. Located between Capes Torres and San Lorenzo, Gijón has always lived under the protection of the Cantabrian sea, which has determined its industrial, commercial and urban development as well as its weather or even its personality. the presence of the sea, its smell and buzz penetrate through the city's streets and reach even the innermost areas of the town. Nine beaches, some in the downtown and others hidden between cliffs, a marina that has repeteadly been awarded the blue flag for the quality of its facilities and an industrial growing port comprise Gijón's sea front, eighteen kilometers of coast that walkers can cover almost entirely without interruption.

Gijón occupies an area of 181,6 square kilometers mostly belonging to the rural area. The city has a soft relief with few slopes over 30% and streams and small rivers, which run between eucalyptus and native species such as oak, yew or chestnut are abundant.

Over 90% of the population live in the urban area, which streches along the coastline. The peninsula of Santa Catalina and Cimadevilla district, where the origins of the city lie, delimit the city's areas historically distinguished. The industrial area lies in the western part of the city, controlled by the port and the shipyard, industrial areas and working districts (La Calzada and El Natahoyo).

The residential area has been shaped to the west of the city, along San Lorenzo beach and reaches La Providencia. The historical center containing the most important cultural, administrative and commercial references, lies at the south of the city, between the marina and San Miguel square and Begoña Park. Farther south, El Llano, Pumarín and El Coto districts owe their current shape to the intense industrialization process that Gijón suffered from the mid XIX century.