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Hostal Restaurante San Luis: Outside the old town
Almodóvar del Río has a hotel, Al-Mudawar, and a hostal, Joki, located in the old town.
We opted for Hostal Restaurante San Luis because of its free shaded parking, WiFi, and favourable rate (July 2013). They gave us, walk-in guests, a twin room for EUR 40, breakfast included, which is less than the internet booking rate. No need to book anyhow, because only a couple of rooms was occupied.
Admittedly, the room facilities were a bit spartan. But service was very friendly. They added fried eggs to our toast and coffee breakfast free of charge.
The restaurant is frequented by locals for their breakfast, for dining out, or for viewing the corrida on TV.
Don't arrive between 5pm and 7pm in the months of July and August. Then there is no one around as the restaurant closes during these hottest hours of the day.
Directions: Near the eastern exit from Almodóvar del Río town on road A431, which heads west to Palma del Río. Coming from Córdoba it is on the right hand side of the road. Nearing Almodóvar drive slowly, because the hostel lies hidden behind some trees; one easily drives past it.
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Camping "La Brena": Hard to access, but worth the view...
This camping site is very hard to get to, but worth the trip. Situated in the mountains of Almodovar del Rio, less than 10 km from the town. Service is polite and curtious, the man responsable for inscriptions even managed a pretty good English, allthough I didn't like the fact that he kept our passports through out our stay. I don't know prices for a caravan or camper, but a parcela (plot) including 2 adults, a tent and a car without electricity was around 18Euros a night. There is a small restaurant which we didn't try for prices were too steep for camping food, but there is also a little store you can buy groceries from or one can just hit the town of Almodovar or Cordoba (15min away) to get groceries. It also offers free pool and kids playground as well as hot water for showers and hand cleaning clothes; the restrooms and showers are okay, clean but toilets have no seats... so one ends up having to to almost stand or sit on the ceramic part of the toilet to go. Even if we showed the quieter plots, most of them are noisy at night, sometimes up to 3 AM. Beware if you go camping with a tent, it is virtually impossible to dig your tent's pickets in the ground as you are directly on rocky mountains and the area is extremely dusty; your tent and all equipment will in the end, be covered with an orangy powder. Lots of shaded spots are available even in high season. Security is well controled as one need to constantly show their camping card before entering the automatic gates and no car comes in after midnight. Water spouts are available at every other plot, so is electricity. Unlike North American camping grounds, no Spanish campsite have picnic tables, so if you intend to cook (open air fire are prohibited), eat, relax or just discuss at a table, make sure to bring your own along with chairs. Things one should not forget when they hit Spanish campsites: table, chairs, toilet paper, clothes line and cloth to put up over the tent as an awning, maybe even one for the ground, as all of them are pretty dusty.
The view on Almodovar del Rio's Castle is simple amazing... during the day as well as night. From the pool which grounds are covered with nice and inviting green grass or from some of the side plots, you can enjoy this magnificient panoramic view. The picture shown on my Almodovar del Rio's page was actually taken from a side plot. People on the camping grounds are also very nice... welcoming and friendly as they invited my daughter to be part of a little girl's birthday, even knowing she wouldn't have anything to offer her.
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