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Cacabelos

Private (30, 10€, closed February) Albergue La Gallega, on the right on the Camino in the centre of the town. Laundry facilities. Café / restaurant / pulpería. Website www.hostalgallega.com Tel 680 917 109 Open 11:00

Private (16, 9€) El Molino, on the left just before the church. Laundry facilities. Café / restaurant. Website www.elmolinoalbergue.com Tel 676 690 900

Municipal (70, 6€, April to October) Albergue de Cacabelos, on the right after the bridge. Laundry facilities, microwaves. Two beds per room arranged in a semi-circle around a church, although without noise insulation. Facilities basic. Tel 987 547 167 Open 12:00

All facilities on or near the Camino. Bank and pharmacies on Plaza Mayor, left just after Albergue El Molino.

At the beginning of the town on the right is vineyard / Restaurant Moncloa. If you go into their shop and say the words '¿Tiene un vaso de vino por un peregrino (or peregrina) que esta muriendo de sed?', they will give you a free glass of wine and a tapa. :) Their restaurant is also recommended.

This part of the route is through some of El Bierzo's best grape growing areas. The main grape here is the Mencía a descendent of the Caberet Franc grape, said to have been carried here by a French pilgrim. From it are produced the area's distinctive reds and rosés. Another grape variety, La Godello is used to produce white wine.

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