After yesterday’s intense day, we recommend that you take what’s left of the route calmly and divide the kilometres that separate Olveiroa from Finisterre into two stages.
The distance between Olveiroa and Finisterre could be completed in a single stage, but, given the wonder of the environment, we recommend splitting it in two. Today, we will enjoy beautiful landscapes, and before our eyes, the Atlantic Ocean will appear for the first time.
Pilgrims who have completed some of the inland routes on the Camino de Santiago, such as, for example, the Camino Frances, will have the feeling of seeing the sea for the first time. It is an image that will be emblazoned in our memory.
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Itinerary stage Olveiroa – Cee
Today’s stage faces 20 kilometres of travel. The route runs, for the most part, on ground in good condition and with gentle slopes, except for the descent from O Cruceiro da Armada, which descends approximately 230 metres in a steep manner.
Olveiroa (km. 0). Beginning of stage
Practical tips for this section: At this stage you will find the fork that divides the route that leads to Finisterre and the one that goes to Muxía. We hope you are already clear about your destination, you’ll have breakfast and a 6 km walk to finish deciding. Buen Camino!
We go down the street where the hostel is located and turn right to leave Olveiroa along a paved track. At the 34,558 marker we turn left, to cross a stream and take a path that leads to the track that then leads us to the Castrelo Reservoir.
After a curve, we turn right, by a path that goes up to a wind turbine site. Later, we leave this path and continue along the mountainside, with magnificent views of River Xallas and its thick vegetation.
We descend to Vao de Ripas, where we cross, over a stone bridge, River Hospital (km. 2,7). We climb a slope and enter Logoso (km. 3.7), a small village located on the slopes of Mount Castelo.
Logoso (km. 3,7).
Practical tips for this section: In the hamlet of Hospital we will find a bar, on the left. It is advisable to stop and buy a sandwich for the route, because we will not find services again until we get to Cee, there are only some fountains. Buen Camino!
We cross the small centre and start a gentle ascent to the village of Hospital, where we join the CP-3404 road (km. 5,1). A few metres away, we pass next to a bar with a hostel, located on the left.
After this, we take a shortcut that runs along the old road and we go onto a roundabout where we find the marker that warns us of the fork between the road of Fisterra and that of Muxía (km. 6).
Since in this guide we head to Fisterra, we take the left fork at the crossroads. After a factory, we leave the road on the right. By a track bordered by eucalyptus trees and pine trees, we arrive at the Marco do Couto cross (km. 8.4).
Along a stretch similar to the previous one, and with views of Buzantes on our left, we reach the Chapel of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves (km. 10.5). We continue to cross the Monte do Lousado by comfortable paths that lead us to the Chapel of San Pedro Mártir, in the Parish of Pereiriña (km. 13.8).
We continue the walk to the Cruceiro da Armada (km. 16,2), which is on the right hand side. From here we have the first views of Cape Finisterre, entering the ocean.
After enjoying the views, we start a steep descent that leads us to Camiños Chans. Then we continue along the road, which corresponds to Calle Campo Sacramento, to the right.
Now in the centre of Cee, we turn to the left, along Rúa Magdalena, where we are greeted by the Church of Santa Maria de Xunqueira.
Cee (km. 20). End of stage
Practical tips for this section: Cee is a pleasant town where you can enjoy the surroundings and prepare yourself inside to arrive tomorrow in Finisterre. See you tomorrow!
In this small village with stone houses you can enjoy the La Concha Beach or relax in the Relleno zone, an area reclaimed from the ocean.
If you prefer to take advantage of the afternoon to discover the town, you can visit the Church of Santa Maria de Xunqueira, which greeted us on arrival.
Other recommended visits are to the Fernando Blanco Museum, the modernist constructions of Casa Mayán and Guillén. As well as the rectory and the Pazo de Cotón, located on Calle Magdalena.
Comments stage Olveiroa – Cee
Below are some tips for the third stage of the Camino de Finisterre.
Precautions stage Olveiroa – Cee
The biggest difficulty on today’s stage is the descent from O Cruceiro da Armada, as the slope is quite steep and the trerrain is somewhat unstable, with a large number of loose stones.
Pilgrims who make the descent by bicycle are the ones who suffer most on this stage.
Although the day is not very long it should be borne in mind that between Hospital and Cee there are practically no services, so it is advisable to stock up on water and food for this section.
Food stage Olveiroa – Cee
We approach the Costa da Morte and therefore the gastronomy of these regions is very marked by the presence of seafood, nevertheless, as in all Galician land, it is always possible to enjoy good meat. Here are some dishes.
- Goose Barnacles
- Razor Clams
- Ray, Eel or Haddock Stew
- Octopus, Galician style
- Baked Sea Bream and Sea Bass
- Grilled Sardines
- Turnip Tops
- Albariño and Ribeiro Wines
Services stage Olveiroa – Cee
Get to know the main healthcare services, cafes, ATMs and restaurants that are located on this stage of the Camino de Finisterre.
Map stage Olveiroa – Cee
Check the map with the route and locations that the stage runs through.
Profile stage Olveiroa – Cee
Find out about the profile, altitude and degree of difficulty on each section.
What to do on the stage Olveiroa – Cee
Here’s some information on some of the sights that will come your way during today’s stage.
Cruceiro da Armada
The Cruceiro da Armada is located on the top of Mount Armada. It is a typical Galician construction, which stands on a pedestal of three steps.
On the cross, you can see the image of The Crucified Christ. The place also highlights its magnificent views over the Cee estuary.
Fuente de San Pedro Mártir
The Fountain of San Pedro Mártir is located near the Church of San Pedro Mártir, on the outskirts of the village of Pereiriña. The construction, both of the fountain and the laundry it contains, is recent.
The spring is recognized as having healing properties, in fact, many of the locals claim that their water springs from the chapel’s presbytery. The fame of its miraculous waters encourages people make a procession to it every year.
Fuente Santuario das Neves
The Fuente Santuario das Neves, located in the vicinity of the sanctuary that gives it its name, is also known to the locals as Fuente Santa.
According to legend, its waters are beneficial for both animals and nursing mothers.
With regard to the sanctuary, it should be noted that it is a 15th-century construction. It is believed that in the past it functioned as a pilgrim’s hostel.
The town of Cee belongs to the Costa da Morte region. With almost 8,000 inhabitants, it is the most populous municipality in the region.
The name of the villa comes from its historical tradition as a whaling port. So, the word Cee derives from the Latin word referring to cetacean.
The village of Cee, surrounded by pleasant nature, has an old town formed by a set of small streets and stone houses that are organized around the Church of Santa Maria de Xunqueira.
In addition to the temple, in the town you can visit the Fernando Blanco Museum, located in the Plaza de la Constitución, and the modernist constructions of Casa Mayán and Guillén; the Rectory and the noble Pazo de Cotón, located on Calle Magdalena.
If the visitor is looking for a rest, they can relax on the La Concha Beach and in the area of the Relleno, land reclaimed from the ocean in the late 70’s.
Pazo de Cotón
The Pazo de Cotón was built between the 16th and 18th centuries. Its structure consists of a square-based floor and shares its walls with the adjoining building.
The Pazo can be accessed by the main door or up a stone staircase that enters the noble area.
The staircase has a granite balustrade, with influences from the Gothic Compostelano period. This style also appears on the balconies, located one on the façade of the building and the other on one side.
Its main façade is made of stonework, while the side is made of granite with irregular pieces. The beautiful blazoned coat of arms from the lineages that occupied the house all stand out: Leis, Bermúdez de Castro, Pardiñas, Rioboo and Castro.
Museo Fundación Fernando Blanco
The Fernando Blanco Foundation Museum is located in the Plaza de la Constitución, in the town of Cee.
Fernando Blanco de Lema is a highly regarded character in the town, having founded, at the end of the 19th century, two schools, thus favouring the economic and social development of the town.
The museum was formerly the Girls’ School, erected over the patron’s former house.
The creation of the exhibition was carried out with the aim of publicizing the life of Fernando Blanco de Lema and spreading Cee’s educational past.
Inside its rooms is a collection of 19th-century didactic materials, as well as musical instruments and displays of art and of religious goldsmiths.
Hours: Closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays. Open Tuesday to Saturday (10:00 to 13:00 and 17:00 to 19:00).
Iglesia de Santa María de Xunqueira
The Church of Santa Maria de Xunqueira stands in the town of Cee. It is a gothic sailor-style temple dating back to the 16th century.
The church rose, according to legend, in some reed beds in which the Virgin of the Xunqueira appeared.
Due to the deterioration suffered during the War of Independence against the French, the church had to be rebuilt in the 19th century. From its original structure, the main chapel, the vault and the pointed arch are all preserved.
Mass times: From April 30 to October 31, working days (9:00, 12:30 and 19:30), eves (20:00) and public holidays (12:30 and 19:30). From 1 November to 29 April, working days (20:00), eves (19:30) and public holidays (12:30).
Ermita de San Pedro Mártir
The Chapel of San Pedro Mártir is located at the entrance of the village of Cee, on the Mount of San Pedro. The temple does not have much documentation, but it is known that in 1741 it was inhabited by a hermit and animals.
It is also known that there was a future construction that was destroyed by French troops, but its exact date of construction is not known.
Next to the chapel a cross is located, some small shops and a fountain that, they say, has healing properties, especially healing rheumatism and foot problems.