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Vega de Valcarce

Private Hostel (18, donativo, March to October) Albergue do Brasil - El Roble, on the Camino on the right before the village. Laundry facilities. Café / restaurant. Communal evening meal. Tel 634 242 642 Open 13:30
Private Hostel (15, 9€, March to November) Albergue Santa María Magdalena, on the Camino on the right. Laundry facilities, microwaves. Communal evening meal. Breakfast. Tel 684 045 491 Open 12:30
Private hostel (10, 8€) Pensión Fernández, turn left on to Calle Puerte Viejo, cross the bridge and turn right. Kitchen. Also private rooms. Tel 987 543 027  Book here!
Municipal Hostel (64, 5€) Albergue de Vega de Valcarce, up the hill to the right, under a motorway bridge. Laundry facilities, basic kitchen. A bit run-down. Tel 606 792 791 Open 13:00
Private hostel (28, 10€) El Paso, on the Camino on the left after the church. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Breakfast. Website www.albergueelpaso.es Tel 628 104 309 Open 12:30 Book here!

Shops, a bakery, a pharmacy and banks. Several places do pilgrim menus, none is particularly recommendable. Fiestas San Roque 16 August.

Other accommodation options

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

Albergue El PasoCasa Rural PandeloHostal Rural El RecantoLas RocasPensión Fernández

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