I was excited when I first saw the Atlantic Ocean and the northwest coastline of Galicia. No, I wasn’t in Finisterre yet, but in the hills between the option near Dumbria and the town of Cee. I couldn’t wait to touch the water as it had been over three weeks since I had last seen and touched the Atlantic at the beach in Biarritz, France. I was also happy that I had my last major climb of my journey on the Camino de Santiago as I was getting tired from walking. There were a few ups and downs ahead but nothing like I had experienced. Okay, I’m a little ahead of myself now. Let’s continue…
I left my last post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Olveiroa to Dumbria, at the option near Dumbria. The route to the left takes you to Finisterre whereas the route to the right takes you first to Muxía.
From the option, the Camino drops to the Río Neves before climbing Monte do Couto. This would be the last farming area for a while as the land wasn’t suitable on the higher levels of the mountain.
This 18th century cruceiro is still in excellent shape considering the beating of the weather in the coastal mountains.
Although it’s a little hard to see in this photo, this is the first look at the Atlantic Ocean and the northwest coastline of Galicia, aptly named Costa da Morte, the Coast of Death. I’ll talk about that in my upcoming posts. In the foreground is a flowering shrub that I have grown to really admire, the yellow broom.
This hillside had been fairly recently reforested.
Another of my favorite flowers, the foxglove, was also in peak bloom.
A closer look at the yellow broom. Some were taller than me. This species is the common broom, Cytisus scoparius, which is native to northwestern Europe, but has found its way to other parts of the world, including my native Vancouver on the west coast of Canada. The yellow broom thrives in poor quality soils and grows where many other species of shrubs can’t. In fact, in some parts of the world, it’s considered a weed. Traditionally, the branches of the broom may have been used as a broom for sweeping, hence the name. The flower petals were once eaten but now there are concerns with the levels of toxicity. I have never tried the flower petals of the yellow broom myself but have come to enjoy seeing the flowers in the springtime.
Although this hillside in itself was not that scenic, the walk along this stretch with the broom lining the path made it worthwhile. The sunny weather sure helped too as I understand the rain can really pound here.
The Cruceio do Armada overlooks the valley and coastline. As opposed to the previous cruceiro, it didn’t survive time and has been rebuilt. Let’s take a closer look…
The Camino now drops, sometimes steeply, to the town of Cee.
This memorial sits beside the path.
It was late morning and Cee was still fairly quiet, along the main street.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop in Cee. It was the first time I had been at sea level since I had visited Biarritz. If you’re walking the Camino, you have an option of staying here. There are albergues and hotels to choose from and the seaside town is certainly interesting. On my next post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Cee to Finisterre, we’ll leave Cee and visit the adjacent town of Corcubión. Please join me as I take you to closer to Finisterre and the end of the world.
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