The Rías Altas is the part of the coastal region of Galicia that runs from the Cape of Finisterre in the western part of the province of A Coruña to Ribadeo in the northeast in the province of Lugo, where it borders Asturias.
The coast between the Cape of Finisterre and the city of A Coruña is also called Costa de la Muerte (Coast of Death). This part of the coast is very rough and received its name because of the countless shipwrecks that took place here on the Atlantic Coast and its raging storms.
The landscape has a rough character and is still largely untouched. Along the coast, several steep roads run along breathtaking steep cliffs, deserted beaches, dunes and sea inlets, called rías in Spanish.
The area also includes the Sierra de la Capelada, a mountain range home to one of the highest cliffs in Europe, with the Vixía Herbeira as its highest point at 620 meters above sea level.
This coastal area also has countless beautiful beaches such as Los Castros and Las Catedrales in Ribadeo, Riazor and Orzán in A Coruña and Morouzos in Ortigueira.