International descent of Sella river (Asturias)

This sport has been held since 1930, one of the most important date on the international canoeing calendar in Spain, with full of music and Colour descending the friendly Sella river in Asturias.

Every summer, on the first Saturday in August (this year on the 3rd Aug 2019) canoeists from all over the world come to Asturias to take part with 15km canoe marathon in Sella river . This event is organized by the Spanish Federation of Canoeing and in order to participate you must have a valid competition license, however while canoeists get ready on the river, colourful crowds of people make their way through the streets of Arriondas to watch the race.

You can become one of them and feel the real Spanish spirit. At the end of the race, the party begins. Locals, participants, and visitors enjoy music, dancing, and food.


Race starts at 12pm and the competition is officially underway, with a stampede of canoes towards the river and the excited shouts of the spectators. On the way, the river train and the unusual motor cavalcade accompany the competitors in a joyful atmosphere.

Once at the finish line, the party transfers to the Campos de Ova, where trophies are awarded to the winners in each category and there is a huge picnic. There is food, cider, song, dance… When night comes the fun continues in Ribadesella until the early hours, with its terrace bars and open-air parties.

And do you want to know what this location offers you during the whole season? Check in our Location – Asturias, Picos de Europa.