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Comarca Avilés
Comarca Avilés
Comarca Avilés
Comarca Avilés
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    • Old Quarter of Avilés.
    • Niemeyer Cultural Centre.
    • Trasona and its Canoeing and Rowing High Performance Sports Centre.
    • Sollovio river pool in Illas.
    • Salinas in Castrillón.
    • Arnao Mine, Village and Beach in Castrillón.
The territory combines coast and inland and holds several "records": the last major work by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the best preserved old quarter in Asturias, the first river pool, the most famous carnival celebrations and one of the most delicious blue cheeses, as well as being home to the only underwater mine in Spain.

Central, with coast and inland. With art and industry. With past and present. With lots of atmosphere. Comarca Avilés has everything: a countryside marked by a gentle landscape combining plains and rolling hills. Farmhouses and raised granaries-cum-storehouses or hórreos. Pasture and livestock. Greenways, like the one leading up to Gorfolí Peak, in Illas, where there is also one of the few river pools in Asturias, and dairies making renowned blue cheese like La Peral, which has placed this territory on the world cheese map.

It also has city life and, of course, lots of history. A walk through the city of Avilés, Asturias' Medieval Town, popularly known as the Villa del Adelantado takes us back to a past of medieval feudal estates such as that of the Marquis of Ferrera, or to the time of the conquest of the Americas, where Pedro Menéndez de Avilés played a prominent role, thus resulting in his title of "El Adelantado" (Conquering Governor) being used as the city epithet. Avilés' old quarter is the largest and one of the best preserved in northern Spain, a perfect setting for the most famous carnival celebrations in the region. And if that were not enough, Avilés' reclaimed estuary is now more than suitable for enjoying water sports like sailing and canoeing and already has clubs and leisure pontoons which float against a backdrop of avant-garde architecture, the Niemeyer International Cultural Centre. This last major work by the Brazilian genius "bathes" on the banks of Avilés Estuary, its tower offering a breath-taking panoramic view of the city.

The territory's beaches are afforded by Castrillón, where Bayón Beach, the largest in Asturias, can always be seen from the planes landing and taking off from Asturias Airport, located in this borough. Castrillón is definitely a land of large beaches, boasting others such as those of San Juan de Nieva and Salinas, the coastal culmination of one of the longest-standing and most stately summer resorts in Asturias, which also has a curious outdoor Anchor Museum. As far as curiosities and differences are concerned, another example is Arnao, both the village and the beach, where the first undersea mine in Spain was worked in the 19th century, now converted into an interesting museum.

For elite sport, there is Corvera with its Canoeing and Rowing High Performance Sports Centre, which has made Trasona Reservoir an international reference for practising and competing in these specialities. To relax from so much competition or to do business there is a golf course and spa very nearby, thus completing the sports village environment that Corvera boasts.

The territory has very good road and rail links, being right in the centre of the region. It is ideal for its complementary facets of town and country life, for sports and relaxation, for good food and partying and for sailing as well as keeping your feet on the ground. That's Comarca Avilés.

Four boroughs make up this territory: Avilés, Castrillón, Corvera de Asturias and Illas.

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