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Territory of Ribadesella Museum
Ribadesella (Eastern Asturias)
Contact Address
Antiguas Escuelas. El Carmen S/N. 33567 Ribadesella
985 861 563
  • Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm and 4:00pm-6:30pm
    Sunday: 11:00am-2:00pm

    1st June to 8th September:
    Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00am-2:00pm and 5:00pm-8:00pm

    Closed on Monday

    Individual: €1.60


A tour of the historic and cultural heritage of the borough of Ribadesella

Located in the eastern part of Asturias, between the sea and the mountains, the borough's history and economy have been marked by its seafaring and agricultural tradition, but also by mining operations. This human activity has been framed in an area of ​​great geological diversity, whose evolution has left very good examples of different geological periods.

Natural Heritage: Ordovician
The ground floor is given over to Natural Heritage, focusing in this case on the Ordovician geological period. The construction of the El Fabar Ordovician tunnel, part of the Autovía del Cantábrico motorway, gave geologists a unique opportunity to study, layer by layer, the sediments and marine fossils dating from between 500 and 435 million years ago.

Historical Heritage
Exhibited on the first floor, which houses the history of Ribadesella from its origins as a medieval pola (township) until the 1930s. The exhibition allows visitors to see the evolution of the town, its adaptation to the physical environment and its subsequent transformation so that the town might become what it is today: the medieval layout of the streets, the 19th-century expansion on land reclaimed from the river, and the garden city raised on the former Santa Marina sandspit.

By viewing the models, photographs and historical documents, visitors will learn about the activities that formed the basis of the economy of Ribadesella: fishing, trade, the mining of certain ores and local agricultural products. Understanding the phenomenon of emigration through the emblematic Havana brigantine and the effects this had, especially in the development of rural schools. These changes in mentality were also applied to leisure: the appearance of the summer resort and the use of the beaches. Finally, there is a small ethnographic section devoted to Ergue, the Ribadesella masons' jargon.

Complementing this historical visit, the museum has the original drawings by Antonio Mingote that formed the basis for the Historic Harbour Route panels.

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Territory of Ribadesella Museum