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The Canoe Fiesta of Asturias
Parres and Ribadesella (Eastern Asturias) (Arriondas and Ribadesella)
Type
Festival of Touristic Interest
Dates
4 de Agosto
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Fiesta de las Piraguas - Descenso del Sella
Fiesta de las Piraguas - Descenso del Sella
Fiesta de las Piraguas - Descenso del Sella
Fiesta de las Piraguas - Descenso del Sella
The Canoe Fiesta of Asturias, with tradition as its hallmark

Also known as the International Descent of the River Sella, this is one of the most popular fiestas both in and out of Asturias. Having a leisure/sports nature, the Canoe Fiesta mixes in a fresh and natural manner all the charm and interest of a canoe race in calm waters with a purely Asturian fiesta and all this in a truly privileged scenario, on the waters and banks of River Sella, since the sports competition takes place between Arriondas and Ribadesella, in the easternmost area of Asturias.

This canoe race is one of the oldest in the world and its onset marked the origin of Spanish competitive canoeing in calm waters. It is therefore a great sports event missing none of the "rituals" of the typical Asturian fiesta: music, parade of charangas, cider, and the "Asturias, my dear Homeland" marking the start of the race, only a few kilometres away from the breath-taking peaks of the Picos de Europa.

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The Canoe Fiesta of Asturias
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