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Grelo Hostel: Open. 15 beds (but this can change)
Albergue de peregrinos de Ourense: Open.
Albergue Augas Quentes: Open. 36 beds.

Ourense / Orense

Xunta (42, 8€) Albergue de peregrinos de Ourense, on Rúa da Barreira, take the left option at the roundabout before the city centre, walk about 700m on the right side of the street until you see steps leading down to the right (signposted Albergue). Walk down these and cross the small square at the bottom veering right. Continue up the hill on Rúa das Burgas and turn left at the top, the albergue is on your left. They have Credenciales. If you are starting your Camino here you can sleep here if there is space at 18:30. This rule is strictly enforced. Beautiful kitchen, zero utensils. Open 13:00

Private (32, 15€ with breakfast) Grelo Albergue, continue straight at the roundabout where the Camino goes left and walk up Rúa a Peña Trevinca, it's on the left. Laundry facilities, microwaves. Website www.grelohostel.com Tel 988 614 564

Private (36, 17) Albergue Augas Quentes, on Rúa Vicente Risco, after the Roman bridge take a right on to Rúa Mercado and then left. Kitchen with microwaves. New in 2019. Website www.albergueaugasquentes.com Tel 679 958 780 Open 16:00

Hostal La Rotunda is opposite the northern railway station (there are two, one south of the river and the main one to the north), singles from 25€, doubles 35€. Tel 988 607 759

Ourense's population is 106,000 and it is the capital of Ourense province. It has all facilities. Along Rúa a Peña Trevinca, there are cafés, shops, an Eroski supermarket, pharmacies and banks. Around the new Xunta albergue and the nearby Praza Maior there are cafés, restaurants, banks, etc.

Ourense is situated in the deep valley of the River Miño which gives it a climate which is hotter and dryer than much of the rest of Galicia. At 103m altitude (at the river) this is the lowest point since Seville. The Romans built a settlement here to take advantage of the natural hot springs along the banks of the river. These are still in operation today and if you fancy a dip many establishments can rent you everything you need (flipflops, bathing costune, swimming cap). They're found downstream from the Roman bridge. Ourense's 12th century cathedral is principally Romanesque with some Gothic features.

The 'Roman bridge' is actually much newer than its name suggests, but it is built on the site of an original Roman bridge and uses its foundations.

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