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Municipal hostel (36, donativo) Follow the Camino into town, up a hill and it's around a sharp bend on the right. Kitchen. Excellent facilities. Opens at 14:00.

Zamora has a population of 66,000 and is the capital and largest town in the province of Zamora. It has all facilities. Shops, cafés, banks and pharmacy on the Camino on or near Plaza Mayor. Running south off Plaza Mayor is Calle de los Herreros with many tapas bars, of which Bayadoliz is recommended, although their cryptic menu may make ordering a bit random. For sweet things and especially ice cream, La Valenciana on Calle Santa Clara is good. The Tourist Office is near the cathedral.

Zamora has a wealth of historic buildings, both civil and religious, many of them in Romanesque style. Notable among them are the 12th century cathedral, situated at the western extremity of the walled town. It is Romanesque with some Gothic additions. Its tower, Torre del Salvador, was built during the 13th century and is Romanesque. Nearby is the Castle / El Castillo, which actually consists of several buildings built on top and inside of each other, from the 10th to the 17th century. Also worth seeing is La Magdalena, which dates from the 12th century, and (if the Tourist Office is to believed) is considered the most beautiful Romanesque church in the city. On Plaza Mayor is the church of San Juan de Puerta Nueva, so called because when it was built it was next to the city walls. It dates from the 12th century and has some Mudéjar features.

Zamora is a stop on the train line between Santiago and Madrid.

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