Gijón is a large coastal city in northern Spain, and the largest city in the Principality of Asturias Region. Located in the Bay of Biscay, the port is at the centre of many local businesses. Apart from port-related activities, the economy is based on tourism, steel, other metallurgy, livestock rearing and fisheries.

Gijón is a city on the rise with a growth strategy that focuses on the development of knowledge and innovation. The city was awarded the Biosphere Destination Certification by the Responsible Tourism Institute, to recognise its efficient tourist management and has seen a 44.2% increase in visitors over the last four years.

Gijón has created the “Knowledge Mile”, a geographic space inside the eastern district of the city that hosts several enterprises and public institutions focused on knowledge development. This hub aims to foster synergies between different sectors by bridging technology and science with art and culture. 

Gijón was a participant city in the DCC. 

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Mannheim
Mannheim
Germany
  • Core
Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
Greece
  • Core
Issy-les-Moulineaux
Issy-les-Moulineaux
France
  • Core
Iași
Iași
Romania
  • Core
Alcoy
Alcoy
Spain
  • Core
Białystok
Białystok
Poland
  • Core
Algeciras
Algeciras
Spain
  • Core
Lagos
Lagos
Nigeria
  • Core
Heidelberg
Heidelberg
Germany
  • Core
Bytom
Bytom
Poland
  • Mentor
Porto
Porto
Portugal
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Espoo
Espoo, Tampere & Turku
Finland