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El Acebo

Private (32, 10€, February to November) Albergue Mesón El Acebo, on the left on the Camino. Laundry facilities. Café / restaurant. There's a separate dorm in another building which they open when the main one is full. Private rooms. Tel 616 802 840 Open 13:00

Parish (24, donativo, Easter to October) Albergue Parroquial Apóstol Santiago, a little to the left of the Camino near the end of the village. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Communal evening meal. Breakfast. Pilgrim discussion before meal. Welcoming. Open 14:00

Private (80, 12€, March to October) La Casa del Peregrino, a little past the village on the, in a large modern building. Laundry facilities. Café / restaurant. Swimming pool. Shop. Private rooms. Website www.alberguelacasadelperegrino.es Tel 987 057 793 Open 12:00

Cafés and a small shop on the Camino.

The local culinary speciality is the innocent-sounding Botillo. This consists of a pig's stomach stuffed with seasoned bones, tongue, ear, snout and sundry other pig pieces, with chorizo and cabbage, all cured and smoked over a period of five days and served piping hot. It's as delicious as it sounds! The locals are very proud of it, it even has its own confraternity, Cofradía Gastronómica del Real Botillo del Bierzo. It's available in the excellent restaurant Mesón El Acebo.

Besides pig's stomach El Bierzo's micro-climate and rich soil make it perfect for the cultivation of fruit such as apples / manzanas, pears / peras and cherries / cerezas. Peppers / pimientos are also grown here and usually eaten grilled. The local variety of apple is called La Reinata is renowned for its balance of acidity and sweetness. It can be eaten like a normal apple or used in cooking.

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