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Private hostel (20, 17€ with breakfast) Albergue Turístico Los Olivos, signposted 'Hostal' from the Camino 3km / ¾ hr before the town. It's 500m off the Camino, beside a big Repsol petrol station. From there you can follow the road to Alcuéscar in about 2km. Comfortable, modern hostel. They also have a hotel with a café / restaurant, private rooms from 25€. Tel 927 384 001
Religious hostel (12, donativo) Los Esclavos de Maria y los Pobres, in a monastery on the main road on your left before the town, visible from the Camino. Evening meal provided. Run by very old school volunteer hospitaleros. Tel 651 323 466
Casa Peregrina closed in early 2019
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On Avenida Constitución (right past café Alta Cuesta) there's a Chinese bazaar with long opening hours which sells basic groceries. Further up turning right on to Calle Hernandez Pacheco there's a Día supermarket and a bank. Further up that street, turning right, on to Calle Real is a Churrería which opens for breakfast.

Restaurante Casa Alejandro, on Calle Profesor Hernández Pacheco, has been recommended by several pilgrims, as has El Cortijo on Calle Almeida Corrales. The food in Alta Cuesta is generally to be avoided, however they do open for breakfast.

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