Gijón (Asturian, Xixón) is a coastal industrial city and its municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain. Its name comes from the Latin word saxonem (meaning "rocky", because of its cliffs). It was an important regional Roman city, although the area has been settled since earliest history. The name was originally applied to a small peninsula presently referred to as Cimadevilla, literally "top of village," between two beaches, one of which has a recreational port today. The main port, one of the largest in the north of Spain, is called "El Musel". Gijón has a growing population of approximately 275,000 (2005).