Ribadesella Travel Guide

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Ribadesella Things to Do

  • Picos de Europe

    Ribadesella is sheltered by the Picos moutains. In the evening when I was there in a mist from rain, but next morning sharp clear.

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  • River

    The river Sella from which the town gets its name, divides the town in two. The bridge the "Puente del Sella " is accessable by car or foot.

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  • Magdelana church

    Unusual with statue between towers. Website states that the church was built in 1924 but destroyed in 1936 civil war, then restored.

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  • Chapel of the Virgin de La Guia

    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...

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  • History route of Ribadesella's port

    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...

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  • Santa Ana Chapel

    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.Directions:The Santa Ana Chapel is located...

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  • Atalaya Tower

    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.Directions:The Atalaya Tower stands...

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  • Church of Santa Maria Magdalena

    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.Directions:The Church of...

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  • First steps

    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.

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  • Follow the water to the sea!

    Lovely short walk along the river to the sea, watch the fishermen and boats arriving, several enticing bars to stop at on the way.

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  • Cross into the new town

    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.

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  • Watch the fishing boats

    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!

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Ribadesella Hotels

  • Pension Arbidel

    We chose The Pension Arbidel on Cale Oscura 1 which is on the Camino route through Ribadesella and...

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  • Hotel Covadonga

    Arriving by FEVE train go down hill to town ,turn right then proceed to end of one of the main...

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  • Villa Rosario

    Dionisio Ruiz Sanchez 6, RIBADESELLA, 33560, ES

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Ribadesella Restaurants

  • Cafeteria Las Vegas

    After check-in at our hotel and first explorations of the city centre, we felt to take a little rest in a café. We decided on Cafeteria Las Vegas, as the outdoor terrace was packed with people enjoying the sun. Nevertheless we prefered to sit inside, where it was much cooler and relaxed.The interior is equipped with a large bar and decorated with...

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  • Restaurante Sidreria Casa Gaspar

    At around 20:45 h we started to look for a decent restaurant for dinner. As it was a Sunday evening in early May, most places were either already closed or empty.So the choice came down to only the Restaurante Sidreria Casa Gaspar, where at least a few people were sitting near the bar. At around lunchtime this place was packed with people, so it...

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  • Cafe La Villa

    Like most basic accommodation in Spain, also our Hotel didn't offer any breakfast. So we had breakfast in Café La Villa just next door to our hotel.Café La Villa is a typical Spanish cafe with a long bar inside and an outdoor terrace. It was well frequented that morning by both locals and tourists.We opted for their breakfast special (desayuno) for...

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  • Cafe Bar River

    As dinner in Spain is usually eaten not much before 21:00 h, we decided to sit down for an early evening drink in the Cafe Bar River and enjoy the last rays of sunlight.The cafe has several tables just in front of the building from where we could also do some peole watching. I ordered a shandy, which came as a bottle of San Miguel beer and a...

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  • Cafeteria El Pedral

    In the late afternoon we took a break from walking around the town in the Cafeteria El Pedral. It is a small place with only a few tables outside in the pedestrianised street. A small selection of pintxos was presented inside at the bar. Pintxos (or pinchos) are the Northern Spanish version of tapas, but they usually come with a toothpick or small...

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  • Snacking

    We've visited Spain several times now and I can remember very few meals we have had, we usually end up having a snack in many different bars, we call it a tapas crawl1 Ribadesella was no different, a wet Monday evening and the Covadonga restaurant had tempted us earlier but it was closed when we left our room so a crawl it was! All places we...

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Ribadesella Transportation

  • Ribadesella FEVEstation

    The station is about a 10 minute walk up a hill. Tickets can be bought at station or on train. In February I was the only one to board train. The stationmaster signalled to me with a flick of his fingers 3 times to say the train was 15 minutes late. This was my travel along FEVE from Ferrol to Hendaye .This section Ribadesella 11-00 to Santander...

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  • To Ribadesella by train

    Most of northern Spain's coastline is well connected by a narrow gauge railway operated by FEVE (Ferrocarriles de Via Estrecha), which is nowadays integrated in the Spanish national railway company RENFE.During our two weeks in the area we used the FEVE trains several times. For example we arrived to Ribadesella by FEVE train from Llanes. The trip...

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  • Explore Ribadesella on foot

    With only about 6200 inhabitants Ribadesella is small enough to be best explored on foot. Although it is situated on a very large area on both banks of the river Rio Sella, the main sights can be found in walking distance to the old town (Villa Vieja).Ribadesella is also a popular stop on the northern route of the Saint-James Way to Santiago de...

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Ribadesella Tourist Traps

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    On our map of Ribadesella we spotted the local lighthouse (El Faro de Ribadesella) on top of a hill to the west of the city. As lighthouses are usually located at places with panoramic views, we thought it could be a good idea to go there.

    The way led us along the beach promenade of the Playa de Santa Marina and then we took a small path steep upwards through the woods in the direction of the lighthouse.

    Unfortunately the lighthouse was completely surrounded by high walls and also the neighbouring estates didn't offer any chances to get anywhere near the lighthouse or near the cliffs. So we walked back to the city along the street, which at least offered some panoramic views of the beach promenade.

    Directions:
    Ribadesella's lighthouse is actually located in the village of Terenes, which is situated on the hill west of Ribadesella's modern district of Arenal de Santa Marina.

    Ribadesella's lighthouse Ribadesella's lighthouse View of Ribadesella's beach promenade
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Ribadesella What to Pack

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    Miscellaneous: On our way from the train station to our hotel we came along Ribadesella's Tourist Information Office, which was still open before its lunch break from 14:00 to 16:00 h. We took the chance to pick up a free map of the town.

    Apart from the map it was well equipped with all sorts of brochures of the region. The lady in charge was friendly and spoke English.

    Ribadesella's Tourist Information Office can be found at the old town river promenade Paseo de la Princesa Letizia, just north of the bridge Punte del Sella.

    Website: http://www.ribadesella.es/

    Ribadesella's Tourist Information Office Map from the Tourist Information Office
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Ribadesella Favorites

  • Travel info

    Before you travel send for information brochure from local tourist office, this can be done in internet in most cases .If not you can call in at the tourist office for a free map. On Spain tourist office site www.spain.info ,click practical info/tourist office,enter the place you wish to visit and the e mail address will come up

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  • Typical old town buildings

    Ribadesella's old town (Villa Vieja) has many worth-seeing buildings from the time between the late 16th and the early 18th century. At that time the town was home to Asturia's most important port and the houses belonged to local traders and merchants.The buildings are usually three to four storeys high, painted in light pastel colours and often...

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  • Villas along the beach promenade

    Along the beach promenade in the modern district of Arenal de Santa Marina many eclectic style villas dating from the end of the 19th century or beginning of the 20th century can be seen.The buildings are also known as "Indiano Houses" as they were built by locals who emigrated to America for work and on their return constructed these villas.One of...

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