Camino Finisterre Santa Marina to Cee

Pilgrims walking to Finisterre

Camino Finisterre Santa Marina to Cee

We’re walking the Camino Finisterre and its Day 3 walking from Santa Marina to Cee. Last nights sleep was a total disaster ! Sometimes sleeping in an Albergue can have a lot of the difficulties as detailed below and are better to avoid if possible…

Camino Finisterre Day 3 Overview

  • Distance – 32.5km
  • From – Santa Marina
  • To – Cee
  • Min/Max Elevation – 6m/480m
  • Elevation gain – 473m
  • Steps – 50,000
  • Calories – 4,500

Sleeping in a room with 38 people and being on the top bunk of a wobbly bed probably wasn’t the best solution for a good nights sleep !

Top Tip: Every Pilgrim will definitely need some really good ear plugs to enable them to sleep moderately well in an Albergue 

We were up at 5.20am and on the road just before 6am with our head torches firmly in place. There isn’t much early morning light in Galicia in May so a head torch for a couple of hours is necessary.

After yesterday’s 35km slog to Cee we had another hard day ahead and the weather forecast wasn’t good either. The weather hasn’t been good on this whole trip and were just praying for some sunshine soon.

We knocked out 14km by 9am and I didn’t feel the best so spent most of the walk by myself about 50 yards behind Pilgrim Bob and Pilgrim Burny. 

The rain was bad and we arrived at the first cafe for some brekkie and I was knackered. Some days walking the Camino can just be tiring and this was one of those days.

A good cafe con Leche and a rest were the tonic and we set off again with a tough climb ahead. Here’s today’s walk profile fro my Fitbit.

Camino Finisterre Day 3 Elevation profile

Throughout my pilgrimage on The Camino Ingles and Finisterre I have found numerous abandoned and overgrown football pitches and today wasn’t any different. I found another football pitch for the local teamTresmonte FC.  

I have one big stop to make at Santiago de Compostela FC when we get back there on Saturday. They used to play in La Liga so should be a good sized stadium.

We had a good steep climb through O Logos and through Hospital but the weather got worse and turned into the worse day by far. Walking in fog with the rain coming coming sideways at you is no fun at all.

I know the weather in Galicia can turn at any moment but we’ve had 5 days in a row of rain. My walking boots have been getting so wet they haven’t been drying out overnight in the Albergue.

walking the camino finisterre
wet pilgrims on the Camino Finisterre

We even tried praying and singing “Rain Rain Go Away” but low and behold it didn’t. 

We had stopped for cafe con Leche in Hospital and picked up a Boccodilla each and we managed to find a dry spot to eat it at a local church. Its the closest Pilgrim Burny has been to a church since 2016 on the Camino Frances.

Shortly after the bar in Hospital their is a large roundabout and this is the point you choose to walk to Finisterre or Muxia.  

We took the paved road to the left alongside the large factory and headed towards Finisterre. The choice is yours and you can always walk the circular route from Muxia to Finisterre afterwards.

Eating bocadillo on the camino finisterre

From Hospital we had a 15-16 km walk over the hill on an off road trail with torrential rain before we started the descent into Cee for the night.

At last we came upon Cee and saw the sea for the first time in a long time. Finisterre can’t be that far away now.

The walk down into Cee at sea level is tough on the knees but you just need to take your time with smaller steps and all will be good. Think of the cold beer that awaits you there on arrival.

Pilgrims by the sea in Cee on the Camino Finisterre

Cee

Cee is a fantastic little coastal town in Galicia ,Northern Spain just over an hours drive from A’Coruna’s airport and about two hrs away from Santiago De Compostela.

The town is based around an old harbour over looking some fantastic mountains and some idyllic villages. There is a laid back lifestyle here with some very friendly locals and a plethora of hotels and places to eat and drink etc.  

It’s great for a stop over on your way to Finisterre and if the weather is nice, a lovely place to spend a few hours at the end of the day walking and taking in this sights.

the harbour in Cee, courtesy of wikipedia
the harbour in Cee, courtesy of wikipedia

We eventually arrived at our accommodation for the night, the Hotel Oca Insua Costa da Morte. We treated ourselves to a decent hotel and its was about €65 for a triple room. 

After last nights sleep disaster we thought having a treat would be good and I can say it was well worth it.

We were at that stage where we needed to do laundry so after a shower and resting for a bit we found a launderette in the centre of town and set the laundry going.

When walking the Camino I only take a very small packing list so doing laundry every few days becomes a chore you just have to do. There is always three of us walking so we time it well and wash our clothes together to cut down on the cost. We have a good system that has served us well over quite a few caminos.

Luckily there was a bar a few doors away so we played cards and had a few beers and ate Tapas while we waited and had a whale of a time. The local red wine was really cheap and actually very nice indeed.

Pilgrims enjoying dinner in Cee

Tomorrow is our last day on the Camino and we are about 18km away from Finisterre and the Atlantic Ocean. We’re really looking forward to getting there.

In the Middle Ages people thought that Finisterre was the ‘end of the known world’ and tradition states that when you reach the lighthouse at Cabo Finisterre you can throw the stone you have been carrying throughout your pilgrimage into the ocean. 

We’re looking forward to doing this when we get there.

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