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El Real de la Jara

Private (12, 10€) Alojamiento del Peregrino, a little past the municipal albergue on the right. Kitchen, laundry facilities, nice roof terrace. Good reports. Tel 654 862 553

Private (12, 12€) Alojamiento Molina, on the Camino past Plaza España at Calle Real 70. Sunny patio. Each dorm has 2 or 3 beds. Tel 610 026 132

Mason Restaurante La Encina has singles for 25€, doubles 40€, and reportedly good food. It's past the municipal albergue and at the bottom of the street turn left and follow the signs through an industrial park. Noisy night club nearby at weekends. Tel 625 998 300

Shop, cafés, bank and a bakery on the Camino as it passes through Plaza España and Calle Real. Avenida 28 de Febrero, which is left of the Camino from Plaza España, has more shops, cafés, another bank and the post office.

Mesón La Cochera, opposite the church, does good food. The café in Casa de la Cultura on Avenida 28 de Febrero has also been recommended. Bar El Montero, also on Avenida 28 de Febrero, has good tapas. Café El Chati on Plaza de España open early.

El Real's impressive castle is one of a series in the Banda Gallega defensive line which protected the northern limits of Al-Andaluz. Later it was used to defend against the Portuguese who had designs on this region. Today it is used as an outdoor theatre.

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