2 Best Sights in Ribadesella, Galicia and Asturias

Playa de Santa Marina

To the west of the Río Sella estuary, which divides the town, this gentle curve of golden sand is one of the prettiest beaches in Asturias. It's tucked beneath the town's seafront promenade, lined with 20th-century mansions. Moderate waves provide safe swimming conditions, although, as with all of Spain's Atlantic-facing beaches, currents and weather can be unpredictable. In high season (particularly in August) the beach can get very busy. This part of the coast is not called the "dinosaur coast" for nothing; over by the Punta'l Pozu Viewpoint, you can see footprints embedded in the rocks and cliff faces where they left their mark millions of years ago. Amenities listed are only available June–September. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; showers; toilets. Best for: surfing; swimming.

Paseo Agustin de Argüelles Marina, Ribadesella, 33560, Spain

Rock Art Center of Tito Bustillo

Discovered in 1968, the cave here has 20,000-year-old paintings on a par with those in Lascaux, France, and Altamira. Giant horses and deer prance about the walls. To protect the paintings, no more than 375 visitors are allowed inside each day, so reservations are essential. The guided tour is in Spanish. Audio guides are available in English. There's also a museum of Asturian cave finds, open year-round.

Av. de Tito Bustillo, Ribadesella, 33560, Spain
Sight Details
Rate Includes: €5, free Wed., Closed Mon. and Tues., Closed Nov.--Feb.