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O Albergue de Selmo: Open from Easter 2022.
Albergue Los Tres Abetos: Open.
Albergue Don Quijote: Open.
Albergue Santiago Apóstol: Open.
Albergue Ultreia: Open from March 2022.
Albergue De Camino: Open.
Albergue Turístico: Open.
Cruce de Camiños: Open.
Cima do Lugar: Open.
Casa del Peregrino: Open from April 2022.
Albergue de Arzúa: Open.
Albergue San Francisco: Open.
Albergue O Botafumeiro: Open.
Albergue O Santo: Closed.
Albergue Vía Lactea: Open.
Los Caminantes II: Open.
A Conda: Closed.
Albergue del Peregrino: Open.


Private hostel (42, 16€) Albergue Los Tres Abetos, on the Camino on the right. Kitchen, laundry facilities. New in 2021. Website www.tres-abetos.com Tel 649 771 142 Open 13:00

Private (50, 14€, Easter to October) O Albergue de Selmo, on the Camino on the right at the start of the town. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Breakfast. Website oalberguedeselmo.com Tel 689 556 424 Open 12:30

Private (48, 12€, March to November) Albergue Don Quijote, on the Camino on the left. Laundry facilities, microwaves. Café / restaurant. All beds in one large dorm. Website alberguedonquijote.com Tel 696 162 695 Open 11:00

Private (90, 12€, Easter to October) Albergue Santiago Apóstol, on the Camino on the right. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Café / restaurant. Breakfast. Website www.alberguesantiagoapostol.com Tel 660 427 771 Open 11:00

Private (29, 12€) Albergue Ultreia, on the Camino on the left. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Café / restaurant. Good reports. Private rooms. Website www.albergueultreia.com Tel 626 639 450 Open 12:00

Private (46, 14€, March to November) Albergue De Camino, on the Camino on the left. Laundry facilities. Breakfast. Website decaminoalbergue.com Tel 678 758 296 Open 12:00

Private (12, 10€, March to November) Albergue Turístico, left off the Camino, on Rúa Rego da Raña. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Private rooms. Tel 608 380 011 Open 12:00

Private (14, 12€) Cima do Lugar, on the left. Laundry facilities, microwaves. Private rooms. Website acimadolugar.com Tel 661 633 669 Open 13:00

Private (56, 15€) Cruce de Caminos, on the left. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Café / restaurant. New in 2021. Website www.crucedecaminosarzua.com Tel 604 051 353 Open 13:00

Private (14, 12€, April to October) Casa del Peregrino, on the right. Laundry facilities, microwaves. Tel 690 813 566 Open 13:00

Xunta (56, 8€) Albergue de Arzúa, on the left. Laundry facilities. In a nicely renovated old building. Tel 660 396 824 Open 13:00

Private (28, 14€, March to November) Albergue San Francisco, on the left. Laundry facilities, microwaves. Breakfast. Private rooms. Website alberguesanfrancisco.com Tel 604 069 338 Open 12:30

Private (140, 12€) Albergue Vía Lactea, 100m off the Camino to the left just after the Xunta, on Rúa Xosé Neira Vilas. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Good reports. Private rooms. Website www.alberguevialactea.com Tel 616 759 447 Open 12:00

Private (28, 10€, Easter to October) Los Caminantes II, continue straight on the main road at the tourist information booth, on Rúa de Santiago. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Website albergueloscaminantes.com Tel 647 020 600 Open 12:00

Private (18, 15€, March to November) A Conda, a little north of the centre on Rúa Calexa. Kitchen. Website pensionvilarino.com Tel 670 385 351 Open 13:00

Private (28, 15€) Albergue del Peregrino, on the left on the Camino when leaving town, on Rúa de Ramón Franco. Laundry facilities, microwaves. Website grupoperegrina.com Tel 604 053 181

Arzúa has all facilities. The Camino passes along Rúa de Lugo where there are supermarkets, a Tourist Office, cafés which serve the local cheese specialities, a pharmacy and banks. Restaurante Carballeira on Rúa de Ramón Franco does traditional home cooking. The restaurant of Hostal Teodora, on Rúa Lugo, has been recommended. Fiestas Feira do Queixo / Festival of Cheese 3 March.

Arzúa is the centre of a major cheese producing region with its own Certificate of Origin, Arzúa Ulloa. The type of cheese you'll see for sale everywhere is a simple, soft cheese made from cow's milk and known as queixo tetilla. It's sold in round blobs starting at about 500g (just enough to get you to Santiago!) Cafés around the town sometimes do cheese platters made up of local cheese. It's often eaten as a dessert with membrillo / quince. You'll also see this cheese for sale in Santiago, if you want to bring some home and you don't fancy carrying it.

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