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Municipal (20, 10€) Molino de Pan Caliente, turn left after crossing the Roman Bridge / Puente Romano, the albergue is past the new bridge, to the left of the road beside the river. Contact details posted on the door. Tel 682 514 366 Open 11:30

Centrally located Hostal Senero at Calle Holguín 12, has been recommended, singles from 33€, doubles 40€. Tel 924 317 207. Website www.hostalsenero.com

Hotel Aquaforum at Calle Sagasta 10, has been recommended. Doubles 43€. Website aquaforumemerita.com Tel 647 224 473

Mérida, with a population of 57,000, is the capital of the Autonomous Community of Extremadura. All facilities are available. Supermarket on Calle Jesé R Mélide, open seven days. Banks on Plaza de España and along Calle F Valverde Lillo which runs north from it.

Restaurant Mesón El Pestoreje on Plaza de España has excellent tapas and raciones.

Vegetarian restaurant Shangri-La on Calle Sagasta has been recommended. Closed Sunday to Tuesday.

For Vegan food (and cats) Casa Tierra has also been recommended, it's also on Calle Sagasta, very near Shangri-La. Closed Monday.

Also good reports of restaurant Casa Nano on Calle Castelar.

Leaving town on the Camino, Bar Acueducto opens at 06:30 (07:00 on Sundays). A few metres further on to the left is a 24h pharmacy.

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