If you would like to make Ribadesella the next stop of your trip, do not worry, you have chosen well. This is a very charming place, and also one of the top tourist destinations from this area
You won’t be able to stop looking at the beauty of this landscape, a place filled with mountains, and many other iconic monuments.
In its vicinities you will find many other interesting towns to visit, such as Llanes, or Cangas de Onís, as well as enjoy of a relaxing walk by one of the many beaches of the Cantabrian Sea.
Ribadesella is a place that offers many opportunities for tourists, which has made it a very popular destination.
Thanks to the great variety of activities that you can engage in this area, this is one of the ‘concejos’ or regions that has evolved the most during the recent years, making this place a favorite destination. We must make special mention to the kind of active tourism you will find in here which, thanks to its location and characteristics of its landscape, have made it an ideal destination for kayaking, amongst many other activities. This, together with the recent increase on rural tourism, has made this one of the highlights of this region since, either if you are travelling with your friends or you family, there is always something left to do, another place to visit, or new a legend to discover in Ribadesella.
If you have already planned your trip and would like to know some more about what you will find in this area, we recommend to take a walk by the promenade, where you will find some paintings by the Spanish artist Antonio Mingote, that will take you on an artistic journey through the history and important historical events which have taken place in Ribadesella.
Also, this town receives many visitors during August, since on the 5th of this month the Day of the Descenso del Sella is held, a festivity of National Tourist Interest that consists in going down the waters of the river Sella on a canoe.
Another peculiarity of this place is the great variety of the typical colonial houses of this part of Spain, known here as the Casas de Indianos, and which you must check out before you leave.
Now that you know a few things about this area, we have a list of the most emblematic sights that we recommend you visit during your stay.
At the Cuevas de Tito Bustillo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will see some of the most impressive historical cave paintings in this region, and you will also find a small museum where you will be able to learn more about this place.
Walking by its old town will unveil some aspects of the culture of this place, such as its customs and the local gastronomy, as this this a place with a great abundance of bars and restaurants. Within it, you will also find the church of Santa María Magdalena, and the house of the Ardines family, and we also recommend that you pop into the fish market at the harbor, if you have the chance to.
Nevertheless, you can also see this town from another perspective by getting on the tourist train that will take you on a trip around the town and most more iconic spots of Ribadesella.
And if you are looking for some spectacular views, Ermita de Guía is the place for you, where apart from visiting this old religious building, you will also be able to enjoy of the impressive views from there.
Ribadesella is a place of contrasts between the mountains and the sea, and where the temperatures are usually not very changeable during the year, although you mustn’t forget to pack an umbrella for the trip.
It rains during the entire year here, especially during November, which means that you will be surrounded by some great, vast lands of the deepest green color.
As for the weather, it is usually mild and not very changeable, with January being the coldest month of the year, and August the hottest one.
So now you are finally ready to pack your suitcase with everything you need.
You will fall in love with the gastronomy of Ribadesella, as it is a combination of its seas and its mountains, perfectly combined in their recipes. It is true, nonetheless, that fish and seafood dishes are the most demanded ones, and the source of one of its main economic activities.
One of the most popular traditional dishes is ‘caldereta de pescado’, as well as the typical ‘marmitas’, both of them very popular dishes.
And leaving the some of the most filling traditional recipes behind, let’s move now to the local drinks, with the so famous local variety of cider, ‘sidra’, as its main representative.
Each of them part of a menu that, without doubt, you must try if you come to Ribadesella.
Now that everything is ready for you to go on this journey, the only thing left to do is plan how you will reach your destination.
If you are coming by car, the motorway will be your best option, as well as the quickest one, although if you really want to make your journey even shorter, you can also come by plane, as there is an airport 100 Km away from Ribadesella. And you can always take a bus from there, which will take you to the bus station very close to Ribadesella.
And, if none of this options have convinced you, coming by train might be the best suited option to your needs.