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Villafranca del Bierzo

Municipal hostel (62, 6€, Easter to November), to the right of the Camino down some steps, before the town. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Tel 987 542 356 Open 12:00
Private Hostel (80, 6€) Albergue Ave Fenix, on the left just after the church at the beginning of the town. Laundry facilities. Cramped dorms. Communal evening meal. Breakfast. Some negative reports. Website www.albergueavefenix.com Tel 987 540 229 13:30
Private hostel (22, 10€, Easter to November) Albergue el Castillo, just after the castle, on Calle del Castillo. Laundry facilities, microwaves. Breakfast. Good reports. Website www.albergueelcastillo.es Tel 987 540 344 Open 11:30
Private hostel (32, 10€, Easter to November) Albergue Leo, on the Camino where it descends towards the river, on Calle Ribadeo. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Breakfast. Good reports. Website www.albergueleo.com Tel 658 049 244 Open 12:00
Private hostel (18, 10€) Albergue La Yedra, left off Plaza Mayor, down steps on Calle Yedra. Laundry facilities, microwaves. New in 2017. Tel 636 586 872 Open 13:00
Private hostel (75, 5€) Albergue Convento San Nicolás, continue past Plaza Mayor and it's on the right in an enormous and slightly creepy old boarding school. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Basic. Some negative reports. Also private rooms. Website www.sannicolaselreal.com Tel 696 978 653 Open 11:00
Private Hostel (30, 10€, March to November) Albergue de la Piedra, follow the Camino through town, cross the bridge and continue on Calle del Espíritu Santo, it's on the right. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Excellent buffet breakfast. Beautifully renovated hostel run by a young couple from Madrid. Website alberguedelapiedra.com Tel 987 540 260 Open 12:30

This is a big town with all facilities. Around Plaza Mayor you'll find shops, cafés, restaurants, pharmacies, banks, Cafétería Compostelana which has a good pilgrim menu. Supermarket Carrefour Express, continue straight through Plaza Mayor, past the very nice park (Jardín de la Alameda), then continue down Calle Luis del Olmo. Fiestas La Esperanza 14 September.

Private hostel (10, 6€, March to November) Albergue Lamas, in the village of Pradela which is about 500m off the Camino on the right route. Laundry facilities. Communal evening meal. Breakfast. Café / restaurant. New in 2017. Tel 677 569 764 Open 11:00

Other accommodation options

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

Apartamentos el CaminoHostal BurbiaHostal Restaurante MéndezHostal Tres CampanasHotel San FranciscoLa Osa MayorLas Doñas del Portazgomicrohostal lapuerta del perdonParador de Villafranca del BierzoPlaza MayorSan Nicolas el RealVenecia Bed&Breakfast

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