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Los Arcos

Private hostel (42, 11€, February to November) Casa de Austria or La Fuente, on a street to the right of the Camino. Kitchen. Breakfast (with black bread!). Website www.lafuentecasadeaustria.com Tel 948 640 797 Open 12:00
Private Hostel (24, 10€) Casa de la Abuela, on the corner where the Camino turns right. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Breakfast with home-made cake. Friendly. Website www.casadelaabuela.com Tel 948 640 250
Municipal Hostel (70, 6€, Easter to October) Isaac Santiago, past the church and across the bridge and it's on the right. Run by Flemish volunteers. Garden, kitchen, good showers, pet ducks and massages. Tel 948 441 091 Open 12:00
Private Hostel (30, 10€) Casa Alberdi, on the Camino past the Municipal hostel on the right. Laundry facilities, basic cooking facilities. A last resort! Website www.alberguecasaalberdi.com Tel 650 965 250

The Camino arrives directly on to Calle Mayor where there's Tourist Information on the right near the Ayuntamiento and a Pharmacy. Opposite the main entrance to the church on Plaza Santa María are Mesón de Gargantúa which does a good Pilgrim Menu, and a small shop which opens in the evening. On the main road around Plaza del Coso there are several restaurants and banks, Café Abascal underneath Hotel Monaco does decent food and is open for breakfast. The restaurant of Pensión Mavi has been recommended for lunch. Fiestas, Los Arcos 16 May, Nuestra Señora de la Asunción y San Roque 16 August.

Other accommodation options

(NOTE: check the location carefully, some accommodation is not on the Camino)

Apartamento Turístico CapuchinosApartamento Turistico Zuri-AneApartamentos Jurramendi - Los ArcosApartamentos-Suites Los ArcosHostal SuetxeHotel Villa de los ArcosPension los ArcosPensión Ostadar

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