ERMITA NOSA SENORA DAS NEVES (Hermitage of Our Lai y of the Snows). Site of an annual romeria (local pilgrimage). In a field in fro it of this isolated hermitage stands an ancient stone cross. Legend has it that the adjacent holy spring brings fertility to those who drink its crystal waters. Fro n here we cross over the rivulet Rego do Nevas and make our way gently uph II traversing the hillside. Watch out carefully for the indistinct way marks wheie the rough forestry paths diverge (much of the area is newly planted). If in doul t, head due west keeping straight on at intersections and following the contours i ir [3.0 km] until you join the main track from Marco do Couto. Turn Left I y edge of mature woodland (ignoring asphalt road) and continue past old far 11 buildings (dogs) for [1.0 km] to:
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4.0 km ERMITA SAN PEDRO MARTIR Small hermitage (right) at J picnic area. Not to be outdone by Our Sister of the Snow, Saint Peter the mart r cures bodily aches and rheumatism. You touch his statue with the diseased pa t of your body and then cleanse in the waters of the well. In the likely event tluit the hermitage is closed you can at least perform the second part of the ritual hx bathing in the holy spring.
The way marked route now heads off in a south westerly direction over hidi moor land for [1.7 km] to: CRUCEIRO DO ARMADA The old cross has gone but a modern stone needle marks the spot. From here there are splendid views over the coas -line with Cee and Corcubion bay laid out below. From here make your way steeply downhill for [2.1 km] over a rocky pathway that winds its way through mature Pine woodlands to an asphalt road above the town of Cee. Turn Lc t downhill and next Right [400m] to:
MAIN ROAD AT CEE (A GRIXA) Pilgrim Cross adjoining aptly named Hostal Cruceiro (closed)! Opposite is the bar & shop Casa Talieiro which has rooms 15 often bloged out. If you are staying in Cee and/ or you have reserves of energy there is an interesting detour to the enchanting church of Ameixenda with its legendary relic of St. James.
DETOUR – IGREXA DE SANTIAGO DA AMEIXENDA (6.4 km round trip.)
The delightful parish church of Ameixenda is dedicated to St. James. There is a statue of Santiago Matamoros in the nave hut behind the main altar is a small reliquary reputedly containing a piece of his forefinger (or finger nail). A bloglet entitled Lenda de Santiago da Ameixenda is available in Spanish (see bibliography for details). Contact the Ayuntamiento in Cee to arrange viewing.
Directions to Ameixenda: From A Grixa (Casa Taleiro) turn Left along the main road (C-550) for 2.5 km passing over the bridge (rio de Brens) in Pontella and turn off left up towards the village. The church of Santiago is at the far end, so you need to continue for another 0.7 km past the quaint bars and cafes (and the ultramarinos Milagros [miracles])! The church is on the right. Return the way you have come and pick up the route to Fisterra (Below).