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Territory (Oriente de Asturias)
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Paseo Princesa Letizia. 33560 Ribadesella
985 860 038
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    • Tito Bustillo Cave and Cave Art Centre.
    • Old Quarter, Historic Route around the Port and La Guía Chapel.
    • Santa Marina Beach and Promenade with Indiano buildings and Vega Beach with its sand dune system.
    • Cuevas Cave and Dinosaur Footprints on the cliffs...
    • Listen to Audio Guide of Ribadesella

  • On the A8 dual carriageway and the N-634, N-632 and AS-263

  • Population: 6,209 inhabitants

    Area: 84.37 km2

Located on the eastern coast of Asturias, at the foot of the Picos de Europa, Ribadesella offers visitors a broad variety of attractions: scenery, history, culture, nature, festivities, gastronomy... concentrated in an area through which Asturias' most famous river flows, the Sella.

Quality of life abounds in Ribadesella, a life that revolves around a wide promenade along which the river, estuary and sea accompany the other landmarks of the town: La Guía Scenic Balcony, La Grúa Path and the Historical Route around the Port, Princess Letizia Promenade and the Sella Canoe Race Winners Promenade, Santa Marina Beach with its spectacular Indiano buildings raised in the early 20th century by returning emigrants who had made their fortune in the Americas, and the Dinosaur Trail in Punta'l Pozu. But the jewel in the crown is Tito Bustillo Cave, a World Heritage Site.

In 1968, a group of potholers found their way into the cave and discovered an extraordinary group of paintings and markings on the walls of one of the galleries. Since then, studies have been conducted inside the cave and today the entire cavern can be said to contain at least 12 major sets of rock art with a variety of paintings and markings that have led Tito Bustillo Cave to be considered one of the most important examples of Palaeolithic Cave Art in the world.

Ribadesella also has a rural area offering interesting visits: examples of popular architecture and manor houses belonging to ancient lineages coexist in a countryside dotted with small coves of extraordinary beauty, caves with spectacular geological formations, such as La Cuevona de Cuevas (the "Big Cave of Cuevas"), providing access to the village of Cuevas, and dramatic cliffs, with their amazing blowholes or bufones.

Different cultural, festive and sporting events take place throughout the year in this seaside town which make it unique: horse racing on Santa Marina Beach, chamber music concerts in a spectacular, matchless acoustic space, namely Ardines Cave, the Jazz Festival, the Sella International Canoe Race, the only listed International Tourist Interest Festivity in Asturias, festivities with maritime processions in the summer... and much more!

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