We were staying south of Salamanca and decided we needed to venture into the mountains at least once, even though our daughter gets car sick. We drove south to Bejar and checked out Candelario. It was a little creepy there - totally deserted with large barking dogs, and the kind of place where the locals stare at you a lot - although the older village buildings are interesting. We then turned west and drove through the glorious Sierra de la Francia region to San Martin del Castanar which my husband was determined to see. The drive was really lovely, and by the time we arrived we were starving. Spanish towns have a way of looking closed even when the bars and restaurants are actually open, so it takes a bit of poking around to find what you need. We found El Meson de San Martin by accident, and since it was nearly full we decided to give it a try. We had a superb meal there for Euros 10 per head including bottled water, very good house red, three courses and coffee. Our cheery young waiter spent ages trying to communicate the menu for us (our Spanish is shocking) and we had a lovely long lunch. Puddings are nothing special, but they are home made and presentation is very good. The village is very pretty and has its own bull ring - now a storage space for building supplies as an adjacent historic site is being renovated. Recommended.
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