Last year I went to my first Descent of the Sella Festival and I was impressed. There were lots of people from everywhere, and there was a great atmosphere both at the party and in the camping center, and it was an especially memorable 3-day holiday. It's a small but very nice town with a beach. It was a luxury holiday.
In July, the city streets are decorated to celebrate the Feast of the Virgin, Our Lady of Guia, who is the patroness of seafarers. There's a market, some attractions, festivals and, of course, the religious devotion that brings this many people together year after year. Besides the typical festival, the cultural aspect is also strongly valued these days, and there are many different exhibitions and concerts you can go to, to please the taste of all its visitors.
Each September 8 the Principality celebrates its patron saint, the Virgin of Covadonga, with processions, food fairs, concerts. It's called "Day of Asturias". The festival is a tribute to the Battle of Covadonga, cristina victory that led to the beginning of the Reconquista, the celebration itself has been held since the year 1984. It takes place every year in a different area of Asturias. Thus, in 2010 it will be in Ribadesella, but in the year 2009 it was held in Cudillero. Nearly a hundred booths with the most representative of Asturias: Asturias in Gastronomic Delights more Product Fair Asturian (local cheeses, venison and wild boar sausages, corn tortos, pies, casadielles, honeys and jams ...) Local crafts (jewelry, accessories, furniture, sculptures, leather) trades of yesteryear (blacksmiths, weavers and potters), live music, especially pipe bands, and cider, much cider. Finally, Asturian folk groups as "Felpeyu" and "Corquiéu" shake hands with pop musicians known throughout Spain, as Sergio Dalma or Chenoa. My advice: Get for 2 euros a glass of cider and enjoy your handkerchief and few "culines" cider anytime from 5 until 8 September inclusive.
This is perhaps the star of the events which take place during the celebration of the festival of the patron. A siren sounds from rula, announcing the descent of the Virgin from the chapel to the parish church, where she spent the night. At dawn, the bell rings again, and the Virgen leaves the church, accompanied by church members, a set of bagpipes and a whole entourage of followers. At the port, the rest of the people await the arrival of the Virgin, who is mounted on a boat that is waiting on the shore and goes to sea, while members of the public throw flowers overboard, in memory of all those sailors who lost their lives fishing. After the procession, the Virgin is taken back to the hermitage.