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Villafranca del Bierzo

Municipal (62, 8€, Easter to November) Albergue Municipal, to the right of the Camino before the town, down some steps. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Website villafrancadelbierzo.org/albergue Tel 987 542 356 Open 12:00

Private (80, 10€) Albergue Ave Fenix, on the left just after the church at the beginning of the town. Laundry facilities. Communal evening meal. Breakfast. Cramped dorms. Tel 626 146 115 Open 14:00

Private (22, 14€, Easter to November) Albergue el Castillo, on the Camino after the castle, on Calle del Castillo. Laundry facilities, microwaves. Breakfast. Good reports. Website www.elcastillovillafranca.es Tel 622 674 676 Open 13:00

Private (18, 10€, Easter to October) Albergue La Yedra, left off Plaza Mayor, down steps on Calle Yedra. Laundry facilities, microwaves. Tel 636 586 872 Open 13:00

Private (75, 10€) Albergue Convento San Nicolás, continue past Plaza Mayor and it's on the right in an impressive but slightly creepy old boarding school. Café / restaurant. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Basic. Private rooms. Website www.sannicolaselreal.com Tel 696 978 653 Open 11:00

Private (25, 13€, 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 (12, 12€, 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. Private rooms. Beautifully renovated albergue run by a young couple from Madrid. Website www.alberguedelapiedra.com Tel 666 655 052 Open 12:30

Villafranca is a big town with all facilities. Around Plaza Mayor, a little off the Camino to the right, you'll find shops, cafés, restaurants, pharmacies, banks, Cafétería Compostelana and Restaurante Sevilla both of which do good food. Supermarket Carrefour Express, continue straight through Plaza Mayor, past the very nice park (Jardín de la Alameda), then continue down Calle Luis del Olmo. There's another small supermarket on the Camino after the bridge. Fiestas La Esperanza 14 September.

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