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Grañón

Parish (40, donativo) Hospital de peregrinos San Juan Bautista, adjoining the church. Communal evening meal. Breakfast. Sleeping on exercise mats on the floor. Run by volunteers with help from pilgrims. A unique, historic albergue with a great atmosphere. Tel 941 420 818

Private (14, 10€) Albergue Ave de Paso, a little off the Camino, on Calle el Caño, signposted. Microwaves. Communal evening meal. Breakfast. Website www.albergueavedepaso.com Tel 666 801 051 Open 13:00

Private (27, donativo) La Casa De Las Sonrisas, on the Camino, just past the church. Artistic vibe. Communal evening meal. Breakfast, all donativo. Tel 630 823 767 Open 12:00

Shop, bakery which opens early, and bank on the Camino near the church. Bar Sindicato, opposite the church, is still a genuine community bar, it has good-value food and is a nice place to while away a hot (or cold) afternoon. Fiestas, this is a village that likes to party! On 1 May there's a procession of the Virgin of Carrasquedo from her winter to her summer quarters, accompanied by bagpipes and dancing. The following Sunday she gets another outing for the Blessing of the Fields. 24 and 25 June the feast of San Juan is celebrated with bonfires and a procession. During August there are various (demure) celebrations of the victory of Martín García against the neighbours (see below). The last week in August, during the Fiesta de Gracias, the Virgin retires to her winter quarters and Patatas a lo Grañón, (a local dish with fried potatoes, vegetables, chilli, chorizo and wine) and Garlic soup, another local speciality, are eaten. There is also a theatrical re-enactment of important scenes from local history.

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