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Albergue Convento San Francisco: Open, 17 beds.
Albergue de la Asociación de Amigos del Camino / Van Gogh: Open.

Zafra

Amigos del Camino (30, 10€ with breakfast) Albergue de la Asociación de Amigos del Camino / Van Gogh, on the Camino on the right before you come to the town centre. Laundry facilities, kitchen. In a wonderfully preserved traditional old house. Tel 924 969 123 Open 12:00

Municipal (17, 15€) Albergue Convento San Francisco, follow the Camino through the town centre until you see it to your left. Laundry facilities. Tel 680 663 806

Hotel Las Palmeras in the centre of the town on Plaza Grande has singles 32€, doubles 40€. Website www.hotellaspalmeras.ne Tel 924 552 208

Dia supermarket just before the Amigos albergue. Other shops, cafés, banks, pharmacies, etc. all on the Camino as it winds its way through Zafra's beautiful town centre. La Barca near the Amigos albergue, does platos combinados and local wines - both excellent. Also, Restaurante La Rebotica on Calle Boticas, comes highly recommended, although it’s not cheap.

The centre of Zafra is a joy and it's worth taking the time to explore it. Besides the many beautiful buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, also worth seeing are the twin Plaza Grande and Plaza Chica, with their interconnecting passageway, the Arquillo del Pan, accessible from the north west corner of Plaza Grande, and the 16th century Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria.

La Torre de San Francisco is all that remains of an extensive complex of religious buildings dating from the 15th century.

The hill in front of you is called the Sierra de los Olivos. It is a nature conservation zone famous for its orchids.

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