The Cuevona of Cuevas del Agua gives access to this town belonging to the council of Ribadesella. On the banks of the river Sella, at the foot of Peaks, the stream of Caves has formed this unique cave that forms a peculiar entrance to the town of Cuevas.
The grandiosity of the high vaults make this immense cavern has always been the only access to the village of Cuevas del Agua, running through it the only road that reaches the population. This cave of karstic formation offers us in its scarce 300 m of route the opportunity to enjoy a singular and magnificent spectacle, contemplating the calcareous formations that form the internal landscape of the cave. Highlighting some of them with their own name, the tongue of the devil, the beards of Santiago or the flag stalactites. It is worth mentioning that the cave has its own flora and fauna whose habitat is the interior of this cavity, a blind salamander, a species of frog and bats, already scarce due to human presence, together with a flora of great importance made up of algae and fungi, lichens and mosses or ferns at both entrances.
The road that crosses the Cuevona in a soft descent towards the village, allows us to cross it with an unusual comfort for this type of formations and together with the artificial illumination make it an accessible place for all the public, although it is advisable to carry elements that make us visible to the vehicles that cross it, such as reflective clothes, a headlamp or lantern will allow us to inspect the darkest corners in search of the inhabitants of the cave. The route starts from a small car park located just before reaching the cave and ends in the village of Cuevas located in a privileged environment and has a good number of hórreos worthy of being visited.
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In the area is believed to exist the Trasgu, the elf who is very joking. He wears a red hat and his hand is pierced, so it is necessary to put small grains of linseed, so that they fall down the hole and he gets angry and leaves the house.
To get to Ribadesella we can do it by following the A-8 Cantabrian motorway that joins Gijón and Torrelavega, reaching 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 for an ascending section until finding the signposting towards Caves of the Water that will force us to divert us to descend to the encounter of highway, being shortly after crossing it when we will find the small car park where we can leave our vehicle and from where we will walk, along the road, the few meters that separate us from the entrance to La Cuevona.
A route on asphalt with little visibility that forces us to be attentive to the passage of vehicles in order to avoid accidents.
For the good conservation of the environment, it is not advisable to leave the layout of the road.
In the town of Cuevas we will find the pets that normally wait for their owners next to the hórreos.
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Habitually the caves used for the passage of roads have to be widened and conditioned for vehicle traffic being mostly artificial caves, La Cuevona is one of the few natural caves in the world that by its size allows the circulation of vehicles without undergoing major transformations.
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In Ribadesella the caves of Tito Bustillo and the Cuevona of Ardines referents of the rupestrian art, whose guided visit took us to thousands of years ago contemplating unique paintings in the world.
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