🇪🇸 Gijón or Xixón is a city and municipality in north-western Spain. It is the largest city and municipality by population in the autonomous community of Asturias. It is located on the coast of the Cantabrian Sea in the Bay of Biscay, in the central-northern part of Asturias; it is approximately 24 km north-east of Oviedo, the capital of Asturias, and 26 km from Avilés. Gijón is the 15th largest city in Spain. Gijón forms part of a large metropolitan area that includes twenty councils in the centre of the region, structured with a dense network of roads, highways and railways, making it the seventh largest in Spain.
During the 20th century, Gijón developed as an industrial city in the steel and naval industries. In recent years Gijón has transformed into an important tourist, university, commercial and R&D centre. Gijón is the location of the Radiotelevisión del Principado de Asturias, the neighbourhood of Cimavilla, the Universidad Laboral de Gijón, the Revillagigedo Palace, and the adjoining Collegiate Church of San Juan Bautista. Gijón is part of the statistical comarca of Gijón. The port is at the centre of many of the local businesses. Apart from directly port related activities, the economy is based on tourism, steel (Arcelor), other metallurgy, livestock rearing and fisheries.
Gijón has a population of over 275,700 people. Gijón also forms the centre of the wider Gijón metropolitan area which has a population of over 835,053 people. Gijón is the #355 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 2.1297 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores. Gijón is ranked #614 for startups with a score of 0.26.