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Living in Oviedo
Oviedo is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Northern Spain. It’s full of pretty plazas and charming narrow streets, and it has a very rich artistic and cultural legacy. The Cathedral of San Salvador is a particular highlight with its unique example of different architectural styles, as well as the beautiful Santa María del Naranco church, situated on the slope of Mount Naranco. Despite being a popular destination for tourists, Oviedo has managed to retain its authentic traditional Spanish flavor. Being situated inland against the mountains, Oviedo has a temperate climate – it’s perfect for expatriates who like mild temperatures and a green environment. With InterNations, you can connect with other global minds and potentially fellow expats living in Oviedo and its surrounding area with whom you can enjoy the relaxed pace of life, walking in the stunning mountains and on the beautiful beaches, cider drinking and mushroom hunting, and diving and sailing in the gorgeous waters off the North of Spain. For those expats living in Oviedo who like something a little wilder, adventure sports such as canoeing and biking are also popular in Oviedo. You can really make a home here in Oviedo’s relaxing, safe and culturally rich atmosphere.
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Moving to Oviedo
Although a popular holiday destination, immigration into the Principality of Asturias is quite low compared to the Spanish national average. If you’re looking for a slice of authentic Spanish life, rather than English-oriented services, Oviedo will then be right up your street - and we at InterNations will be here to ensure that you can keep in contact with other expats if you'd like to. A working knowledge of the Spanish language will be really important for expats moving to Oviedo – more important than if you were an expatriate relocating to one of the bigger Spanish cities where there are larger populations of English speakers to help you out. Public transport in the city is excellent; you can live in one of the many villages and commute to town for work or a night out. Main roads between main cities are great, but beware of the more challenging mountain roads.
Working in Oviedo
Agriculture, dairy farming and fishing are the traditional industries of the region. Asturias, where Oviedo sits, used to be a huge economic success due to the mining industries, but these have been in decline since the 1970s and 1980s. Though not as thriving economically as it used to be, Oviedo and surroundings can still provide opportunities for expats in Oviedo to make a living. We at InterNations would encourage you to do your homework and seek out some potential employers before you move to the region. Why not use our discussion groups and forums to ask other expats advice on finding work abroad? English-teaching opportunities are popular with expatriates working in Oviedo but they are harder to come by than in cities like Madrid and Barcelona, so make sure to brush up on your Spanish just in case you need to take a different job.
- Katharina Berbner
Thanks to InterNations, I found a good language school for expats to take intensive classes in Spanish and socialize a bit more.