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Oviedo: Ribadesella, Llanes, and Santillana del Mar Day Trip

1. Oviedo: Ribadesella, Llanes, and Santillana del Mar Day Trip

Discover the gems of the Eastern Asturias coast on this day trip from Oviedo. Travel by air-conditioned bus to the cities of Ribadesella, Llanes, and Santillana del Mar. Enjoy a guided walking tour in each town and have some free time in Llanes.  Meet your guide at a conveniently-located point in Oviedo and hop aboard a comfortable and spacious bus. Take in the scenery on the drive to Ribadesella while relaxing in a climate-controlled setting. Arrive in Ribadesella and immerse yourself in the history and tradition of this town a guided tour of the historic center and the Portiellu neighborhood. Stroll down picturesque streets to admire sights like the Hermitage of the Guide, where the patron saint of sailors rests.  Take in a jewel of the Asturian Renaissance at the Palace of Pietro Cutre, the Casa Ardines, and the Palacio de la Atalaya. Soak up some stunning views of Ribadesella and the Bay of Biscay. Continue to Llanes, one of the most popular summer destinations in Asturias. Follow your guide on a tour past its Casino and 13th-century tower. Go by the Palace of the Dukes of Estrada and the Gates of Llanes. See the Parres Sobrino square, which was a shooting location for the film “El Orfanato.” Have some free time to continue exploring your own before heading to Santillana del Mar, one of the places that you cannot miss if you are in Cantabria. Walk through its alleys on a guided tour. Get advice on where to get lunch and shop from your guide.  Immerse yourself Santillana del Mar as you see its quaint the Town Hall, the Palace, the House of the Marquis of Santillana, and the Archduchess Margarita of Austria. Return to your meeting point in Oviedo at the end of your tour. 

From Gijón: Ribadesella, Llanes, & Santillana del Mar Trip

2. From Gijón: Ribadesella, Llanes, & Santillana del Mar Trip

The guided tour of Ribadesella will take us to many of its most typical and emblematic buildings. We will visit its historic center and also the Portiellu neighborhood, to better understand the history and tradition of this Asturian town. One of the most characteristic and beautiful things are its picturesque streets, where, scattered around, some of the houses and palaces appear that have gradually become a must-see. Thus, the Palace of Pietro Cutre stands out, a jewel of the Asturian Renaissance, the Casa Ardines, or the Palacio de la Atalaya, in the square of the same name. One of the things that we have to see in Ribadesella, without any doubt, its Hermitage of the Guide, where the patron saint of sailors rests. In addition, from this place, you get some of the best views of Ribadesella and also of the Bay of Biscay. Our itinerary continues towards Llanes, about half an hour away. This is one of the most chosen summer destinations in Asturias, both for its leisure offer and for the beautiful places that can be visited here. Again following our guide we will learn more about the most important places, its Casino, its tower, from the 13th century, the Palace of the Dukes of Estrada or the Gates of Llanes. There will also be time for well-known spaces such as the “Parres Sobrino” square, which rose to fame with the movie “El Orfanato”, which was shot in Llanes. Here we can enjoy free time to continue exploring a bit on our own, or to return to the places that we liked the most. The last stop will be Santillana del Mar, one of the places that you cannot miss if you are in Cantabria. We will be able to walk quietly through its alleys to see, for example, the Town Hall, the Palace or houses as imposing as the House of the Marquis of Santillana or that of the Archduchess Margarita of Austria. During all the visits we will be assisted by the advice and recommendations of the guide, who will show us where to eat, what dishes are the most typical or what are the purchases that cannot be missed. It runs along the coast of Eastern Asturias, yes, places are usually sold out, so reserve your places now!

From Arriondas: Canoeing Excursion on the Sella River

3. From Arriondas: Canoeing Excursion on the Sella River

Explore the Sella by canoe on this guided canoeing trip from Arriondas. No previous experience is necessary, as there is a quick canoeing tutorial at the beginning of the tour. Have all the equipment you need paddle safely on the river.  Check-in and make your way to the activity provider's jetty which is strategically located in Arriondas next to the Arriondas Bridge where the famous Dionisio de la Huerta opened in 1931.  Use the changing rooms and gear up with a well-maintained paddle and canoe. Listen as your guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to navigate your canoe. Set out on this calm river, which is suitable for families with children over the age of 6.  Start in Arriondas, an island village, and end in Ribadesella, a coastal village at the mouth of the Sella River. Soak up the atmosphere of lively beach bars and keep an eye out for wildlife like colorful birds.  Reach the end of your trip and be picked up and transferred back to your starting point in Arriondas.

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Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Beautiful towns. In Ribadesella you could spend less time at the viewpoint (the climb is hard, but worth it) and a little more in the streets of the center, because you only see them on the way to the bus. In Llanes, avoid eating at La Bodega del Buzu, which despite the fact that the guys are very friendly, the food is not of good quality and they serve small portions, contrary to the rich and abundant Asturian spirit. Santillana is also beautiful, the three towns are highly recommended. Of course, the prices of everything are rather high, they are designed for tourists. They are places that cannot be missed on a trip to Asturias.

The tour is nice if you want to explore smaller towns you may not of had on your list to visit. The tour was all in Spanish even though there was an English option when choosing this excursion. My tour guide did try to explain a bit in English but many other guests did help translate. Overall, I thought the tour was fine for seeing new places but be aware it will only be in Spanish.

Recommendable !! Friendly, fast and attentive. We arrived at the last stop of the sella, and they picked us up practically as soon as we arrived, because each one has a rhythm and you call them to come for you. They give you your canoe, vest, paddle, a drum to store your belongings, and they give you a brief explanation of its use and the route.

Llanes es precioso. Ribadesella es bonito .A la escalera para subir a la ermita le deberían poner una baranda para que pudieran subir bien personas mayores o con sobrepeso. Santillana del Mar está bien. La guía que tuvimos hablaba en exceso.No eran necesarios tantos detalles.Es imposible recordarlo todo.

Make sure to check if the tour will be offered in English. I used Google Translate in transcript mode. The tour was very good, even with the language issue.