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Location type: City
Location address: España, Asturias, Gijón
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Gijón ([xiˈxon]; officially Gijón / Xixón [ʃiˈʃoŋ]), is the largest city and municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain. Early medieval texts mention it as “Gigia”. It is located on the Bay of Biscay, approximately 20 km north of Oviedo, the capital of Asturias.

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Gijón was an important regional Roman city. It is known as the end (or the beginning) of the Via de la Plata.

Although the term Vía de la Plata apparently comes from ‘‘silver’‘, it is in fact related to the Arabic, balata, which means ‘‘paved’‘.

Currently, the path is used by the modern A-66 and AP-66 freeways, as well as by the older N-630 national road.

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