The Rias Altas cliff route runs along the northernmost coast of the Province from A Coruña, a route where we will find cliffs, lighthouses, fishing villages, sanctuaries and pristine beaches. This begins in the city of Ferrol and ends where the Atlantic meet the Cantabrian Sea.
“El Puerto de la ilustración” The port of reconnaissance.
The strategic position of Ferrol in relation to the Atlantic has been of fundamental importance throughout history and of great maritime interest to Spain. Since the XVI century, it has been the base of the Royal Navy and its relationship with maritime transport and the naval and defense industries has shaped the character of a city that offers many reasons to visit.
Where the wind moves the water.
The endless sandy areas that we find on this ´´Route de los Acantilados´´ in the Rías Altas, under the influence of the strong winds from the sea, make this area an ideal place for surfers. But it is also worth visiting the legendary landscapes with their paradisiacal beaches, which are hidden between the stone giants.
The Ártabra coast is one of the least known areas of Galicia. Where the country meets the Atlantic, it is rough and wild nature, with its flora and fauna, an almost virgin territory.
The highest cliffs in continental Europe
The unique geological formations found along this entire north coast of the Coruña Province grow as we advance on our route. From some of our stops, due to the altitude and orientation, we can see a large part of the unique profile of the Galician coast. The panoramic view is spectacular and many compare this rugged architecture, which emerged from the power of the water and the highlands, to the Norwegian fjords.
Traditions, history and legends.
On this route of the cliffs of the Rías Altas we can visit many legendary places which are deeply rooted in Galician traditions. Your visit is essential, as the saying goes “vai de morto quen non foi de vivo” (at least in death if not in life). We also walk among magical plants like “herbs to fall in love” while breathing in all the purity of the ocean with the taste of saltpeter.
This is the land of the men and women of the sea, dotted with characteristic fishing villages, where there is no lack of tasty cuisine based on products of the region.
Despite the force with which the ocean lashes in this corner of the northwestern corner of the Iberian Peninsula, we will be able to enjoy a perfect feeling of peace and seclusion on this route.
Departure from Santiago / Silleda / Lalín / A Coruña