The Rias Altas (Upper Waters) makes up the northernmost of three sections of the Seafood Coast, (A Costa do Marisco). Technically, this coastline spans the two provinces of Coruna and Lugo in the region of Galicia and extends from Santa Cruz to the port of Ribadeo. The port of Ferrol is often called the most important naval station in north-west Spain.
At the northern part of the Coruna province, there is a heavy influence from the Atlantic Ocean. Temperatures in the area rarely exceed 20º C until the summer, where average temperatures peak at 21º C. Winter and autumn are unpredictable in the Upper Rias, with rainfall and unsettled weather conditions expected throughout. Temperatures tend to average at around 10 degrees in the winter.
There are plenty of small coastal towns, villages and cities along the Upper Rias, providing some outstanding landscapes and an abundance of cultural heritage. Carino is a small village along the Upper Rias coastline that has some of the highest cliffs in Europe. In addition, you can visit the northernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. It is one of the rainiest places in Europe due to its position in the Atlantic Ocean.
Some traditional events that take place across the Upper Rias include International World Surfing Competitions, such as the Ferrolterra Pantin Classic which attracts some of the biggest names in surfing. There are other beaches across the northernmost region that regularly host water sports, such as Doninos, Esmelle and St. George's beach.