One of the touristic highlights of Ribadesella is the Chapel of the Virgin de La Guia (Capilla de La Virgen de la Guia) which stands on top of the hill Monte Corberu. It is surrounded by three old cannons.
From here panoramic views of the town and the surroundig region with the Asturian mountains in the background can be enjoyed.
The history of the chapel dates back to the 16th century, when the first structure was erected here. After a collapse of the cliff the chapel was rebuilt at the end of the 19th century.
The Virgin de La Guia is the patron saint of the sailors, hence many model sailing ships can be seen inside the chapel.
The Chapel of the Virgin de La Guia stands on top of the hill Monte Corberu, which can be reached within about 20 minutes on foot from the old town via the scenic path Camino de Guia.
The history route of Riabdesella's port (Ruta Historica del Puerto de Ribadesella) consists of 6 large ceramic panels with drawings of Ribadesella's history.
In detail they show scenes from the following 6 milestones: prehistory, Rome and the middle ages, the Renaissance, the war of independence, the emigration and the modernity.
The panels are 5 m long and 2 m high and were designed by the famous Spanish cartoonist Antonio Mingote. The history route of Riabdesella's port was inaugurated on the 27th January 2007.
The history route of Riabdesella's port is located just north of the old town. It can be found along the river promenade Paseo de la Grua at the foot of the hill Monte Corberu.
We actually had problems to find the Santa Ana Chapel (Capilla de Santa Ana) as it is hidden in a small side street. So more by chance than on purpose we saw a sign pointing the direction.
The Gothic style chapel was finished in the 16th century, but rebuilt in 1995. It can be reached via a small staircase.
The Santa Ana Chapel is located in the small side street Calle Santa Ana at the foot of the hill Monte Corberu.
The Atalaya Tower (Torre de La Atalaya) was errected in the 19th century on the site of a former ancient defensive tower.
The romantic neo-medieval tower is based on a square layout and topped by battlements. Nowadays the facade is covered with vines and creepers.
As the tower is privately owned it can't be visited.
The Atalaya Tower stands at the beginning of the path Camino de Guia, which starts just near the north eastern end of the square Plaza Villar y Valle in Ribadesella's old town.
The parish Church of Santa Maria Magdalena (Iglesia Parroquial de Santa Maria Magdalena) was built in 1924, but destroyed during the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Reconstruction of the Church started after the end of the war.
The front facade is topped by a large Christ statue, which stands between the two towers of the church.
The Church of Santa Maria Magdalena dominates Ribadesella's old town silhouette.
On one side of the river is the main commercial area with restaurants and shops. Cross the bridge to the Santa Marina Beach and you'll find access to the beautiful sandy beach and old mansions that line the promenade.
This picture shows my daughter taking her first steps into the Atlantic Ocean.
Lovely short walk along the river to the sea, watch the fishermen and boats arriving, several enticing bars to stop at on the way.
Cross the bridge into the new town and follow the path along the water edge. Good view across to the old town and a chance to watch surfers in action if you're lucky.
Ribadesella looks to be a busy fishing port, interesting to watch the boats arriving, guess it would be even better when it's not raining!