It is a town of barely fifty inhabitants that is part of the parish of Junco and belongs to the council of Ribadesella distant from this town about five kilometers. The village of Cuevas del Agua enjoys a privileged situation which, together with its peculiar access, makes it in some way an authentic lost village where the signs of identity of rural life are conserved like few other places. In this place a power station was built in 1905 to supply the town of Ribadesella.
The village of Cuevas del Agua is one of the most coquettish of the council. Enjoy the banks of the river Sella in the shade and protection of the surrounding mountains, Las Torres, La Pandiella, El Colláu, La Cuesta and Les Roces. Between its two neighbourhoods, Cuevas and Santiago, we find beautiful houses of typical Asturian construction and a good number of traditional hórreos. It is said that it is the village of the council that has more hórreos. Its hermitage is dedicated to Santiago, but there are signs that there was probably another previous one dedicated to San Román. In the village there is a nature classroom where we can learn about the most characteristic ecosystems of Ribadesella. From Cuevas del Agua we can also undertake the beautiful Route of the mills and discover in situ how these hydraulic mills of other times worked.
Cuevas or Cueves, as it is called in Asturian, celebrates its patron saint festivities in honour of Santiago on 25 July.
The name Cuevas del Agua is a toponym that refers to the action that the precious liquid performs in the limestone environment in which it is found. Its only road communication is through a natural cave, La Cuevona de Cuevas.
In the Middle Ages, when human strength was replaced by hydraulics, water mills, taking advantage of the energy of the rivers, supplied entire regions with flour from different cereals. Its true boom was from the seventeenth century thanks to the extension of corn cultivation from America. The fact that they were always located between the banks of the rivers and as if they were a refuge almost always hidden together with being a reference for the economy of the community, led them to emerge around them numerous legends about love affairs and sinful tejemanejes that took place inside.
To get to Ribadesella we can do it following the A-8 Autovía del Cantábrico that joins Gijón and Torrelavega, getting to the town by the old national N-632. Once there we will go towards the Caves of Tito Bustillo, going up the river Sella by the road that leads to them and leaving them behind, we will continue passing by the towns of La Huertona and Sardalla, following by an ascending section until finding the signposting towards Cuevas del Agua that will force us to turn aside to descend to the encounter of the autovía, to shortly cross it the highway, enters us in La Cuevona and ends in our destiny Cuevas de Agua.
There is access, through the pedestrian footbridge over the river Sella that joins them with the road N-634, as well as the pedestrian way of San Román, to the bus stops of Omedina or Santianes-La Ribera.
Cuevas del Agua has a FEVE narrow-gauge train stop, which covers the Oviedo-Santander line.
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