One day in León


We suggest you discover this magnificent and rarely traveled city in one day. its past as a Roman colony and its rich history make this enclave a place worth visiting.

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Iglesia de San Marcos


Renaissance luxury inn

  • It is one of the most outstanding constructions in León, with its more than 100 meters of Plateresque façade, and it is the first exponent of Renaissance architecture in Spain.


  • Initially it was built as the headquarters of the Order of Santiago, one of its main functions has been to house the pilgrims who made the way to Santiago de Compostela.


  • After years of neglect, King Ferdinand the Catholic ordered it to be rebuilt in 1537, following a plateresque Gothic style. In this case, as a monastery and religious convent.


  • In 1836 it ceased to be used as a convent and from then on it functioned for various purposes: as a prison (at which point Francisco de Quevedo was imprisoned for 4 years), a hospital and a concentration camp during the Civil War.


  • Nowadays it is a luxury inn, and the most interesting thing is that inside it preserves a multiplicity of samples that give an account of its rich history and transforms it into a museum of stately rooms.


  • Currently the parador is under renovation.


  • You can visit the church of San Marcos built in 1531, in the Gothic style and where its choir of stalls stands out.


  • In addition, you can enter the Museum of León, housed in the church and which houses archaeological samples from different times.


  • Do not stop looking at its imposing façade and enter its Church, the Museum and the Cloister. If you have the opportunity, it is essential to enter the Parador cafeteria, have a coffee or a drink, and admire it from the inside.


  • Adults € 0, 60. Students, retirees and children under 18 years old: free entry. On Saturdays and Sundays entry is free.


  • 1 h - 2 h

    Depending on the sites you visit.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Location: Plaza de San Marcos. Hours: -Summer from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -Winter from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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Colegiata San Isidoro de León


The Romanesque Sistine Chapel in Spain

  • We continue the tour visiting the Collegiate Church of San Isidoro. It is the best preserved Romanesque complex in Spain and the one that has earned the title of Romanesque Sistine Chapel, due to the decorative richness that it keeps in the Los Reyes Pantheon.


  • It is located in the historic center of the city and allows you to know several sites: the Basilica, the Museum and the Pantheon of the Kings, each one with a unique value.


  • It is a construction made in the pre-Arab period on the ruins of an old Roman temple.


  • After being destroyed with the passage of the Muslims, it was raised again by King Alfonso V in the Reconquest period.


  • It is during this reign when the pantheon of Kings is erected, and it is decided to move here the remains of Kings and Queens scattered throughout the geography of León.


  • In the year 1062, the remains of San Isidoro were also transferred from Seville and the temple was dedicated to his dedication.


  • In addition to the Basilica, the Pantheon of Los Reyes is a very interesting place to visit for its historical and cultural artistic value. 33 members of the Leonese court lie there.


  • In addition, it is considered the Sistine Chapel of the Romanesque, for the frescoes and paintings perfectly preserved in the murals, which richly decorate its six vaults.


  • For its part, the museum is also a place to keep in mind: it has pieces of great value representative of medieval art, and a library whose jewel is the Mozarabic Bible dating from the year 960.


  • If you are interested in the history of different cultures, do not hesitate to spend some time of your day visiting the pantheon and the museum, since it is full of art and cultural value.


  • Be sure to pay attention to the cloister of the Collegiate Church. It is there where Alfonso IX of León convened the first Cortes in 1188. A UNESCO plaque recalls this fact and is therefore recognized as the Cradle of European Parliamentarism.


  • Entrance to the basilica is free. Entrance to the museum and pantheon € 5 (on Thursdays from 4 pm it can be visited for € 1). Groups of more than 20 people € 3.


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Address: Plaza San Isidoro (romantic neighborhood). Hours: -Basilica from 7:30 to 23 hours. -Museum and Pantheon: Winter: Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Summer: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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Casa Botines


One of the few works by Gaudi outside of Catalonia

  • We resume our tour visiting the Casa Botines, an obligatory stop because it is one of the only works that Gaudí will carry out outside of Catalonia. And his stamp is known to always dazzle.


  • It is a work in the neo-Gothic style with beautiful angular towers, made by the brilliant architect, to house the private home and a textile factory, of two merchants from Leon who had relationships with Gaudí's patron, Eusebi Güell.


  • It is one of the three works that the famous architect carried out outside of Catalonia, in this case, between 1891 and 1894.


  • The construction itself lasted only 10 months and according to the story, various rumors about its fragility were woven from there. As a result, Gaudí commissioned a technical report that gave an account of its excellent condition. The perfect preservation attests to this.


  • It is a 4-story building, with an attic and a basement. At the time, it housed the owners' home, rental housing on the upper floors, commercial offices and in the basement it was dedicated to the storage of the textile company.


  • On its facade the statue of Saint George and the dragon stands out. As a note of color, not long ago the original plans of the building were found inside the statue, always given for lost.


  • It has been declared a Historical Monument in 1969


  • The museum is dedicated to the history of the building, the art of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the figure of Gaudí.


  • Do not forget to pay attention to the bench in front of the building, where a sculpture dedicated to the great Gaudí stands out, with a thoughtful expression.


  • General access (access floor and basement floor showroom) Single price € 3. Premium access (guided visit and access to art gallery, sotabanco and Torreón) Normal € 2 / reduced € 8. Groups (guided visit and access to art gallery, sotabanco and Torreón). Minimum 15 people. Single price € 8. Dramatized visit (in Spanish. Access to art gallery, sotabanco and Torreón). Normal € 16 / reduced € 12.


  • +34987292708


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Address: Plaza de San Marcelo 5, 24002 León Spain. Hours: Monday to Saturday (except Wednesday) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday from 16 to 20 hours. Sunday from 11:00 to 14:00. Dramatized visits Saturdays at 12:15 pm, maximum 25 people.


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Palacio de los Guzmanes


Emblem of the Renaissance, current headquarters of the Provi

  • It is considered the most outstanding Palace in the city and is an excellent option to learn about other facets: that of the wealthy and powerful families of León.


  • It is located next to the Botines house in the heart of Calle Ancha and it belonged to the Guzmanes family. Juan de Quiñones y Guzmán, bishop of Calahorra, had it built on what had been an old Mudejar Palace.


  • The building is in the Plateresque Renaissance style and its construction began in 1560, to be abandoned in 1572, without finishing.


  • Its three-story façade, its richly decorated door, secondary of Ionic-style columns and two towers at its ends, is striking.


  • Its interior patio is worth visiting, it consists of a space surrounded by double arched galleries and beautiful stained glass windows on the upper floor. In the center, you can also see a very interesting decorative well.


  • It is currently the seat of the Provincial Council. The province was born in 1888 and that year the works began that culminated in 1977.


  • If you want to know a little more about its history, we recommend doing the 20 or 40 minute guided tour, depending on what it includes. To do this, you must book in advance.


  • You have to take into account the winter hours, because on weekends it is closed. It is recommended to contact by phone to confirm information.


  • Free general admission. Guided visit two or three euros depending on its duration.


  • +34987292100


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Address: Plaza de Marcelo 6, León Spain. Hours: - Winter from Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays closed. - Summer every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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Plaza Santa María del Camino 'Plaza del Grano'


It will transport you to medieval times

  • We left the Plaza Mayor, and a few steps away we found this Plaza, full of history and beauty.


  • It is also called Plaza de Santa María del Camino, after the church whose rear part overlooks the square. What is striking is its cobblestones, of medieval origin, well preserved and the oldest in the entire city.


  • One of its attractions and singularities is that, when visiting it, it transports us to that historical era, where the grain and agricultural products market used to be developed. From there it takes its name.


  • In the center there is a fountain with a square base, and from which a column rises up from which the coat of arms of León stands out.


  • According to legend, the cross that is between the church and the fountain is the place where the Virgin appeared, the same place where the confreres of the church sing La Salve.


  • Make sure you take a few minutes to explore and breathe the mystique of this Plaza, considered one of the most beautiful in the city and with a lot of historical value.


  • Free access


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Catedral de León


An exquisite exponent of French Gothic

  • In the heart of the Old Town, we find the imposing Cathedral. It is considered "La Pulchra Leonina" (Beautiful Leon) for its great architectural beauty of French Gothic style and the play of light that its stained glass windows generate.


  • It is located on what, during Roman times, were the thermal baths. Later, it was the Royal Palace of Ordoño II, who, in gratitude for the victory against the Arabs, decided to erect the cathedral there.


  • Then it was left in a state of abandonment after the passage of Almazor and certain war companies, being in the 13th century, the time when Fernando I built it in the Romanesque style.


  • Finally, it will be Alfonso X, the Wise, in the year 1255, who will sponsor its uprising, as we see it today.


  • Its façade consists of two spiers of different heights and an immense rose window, with biblical passages carved on its surface. All this guarded by the Virgen Blanca from the main door.


  • It is also known as the House of Light, thanks to the 125 stained glass windows and its three rose windows through which the sunlight filters, it dazzles those who enter its interior.


  • The stained glass designs are truly magnificent, considered the best in Spain.


  • The cathedral is accessible for the disabled, thanks to its ramps and short explanatory texts.


  • Do not forget to pay attention to the choir of stalls, which is the oldest in Spain and is made of walnut wood. At 30 meters high, it houses one of the most complete organs in Europe.


  • Once outside, walk away slightly along Calle Ancha and admire its southern facade from another perspective.


  • Free for children under 12 years of age and disabled people. Cathedral € 6. Museum € 5.


  • +34987875770


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Address: Plaza de Regla (in the course of the street). Hours: -Summer: Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Sundays and holidays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Winter: Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - http://www.catedraldeleon.org


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Plaza Mayor


From the heart of León

  • The second day of the tour we started in its Plaza Mayor, with the aim of absorbing its music and history.


  • The Plaza Mayor is located in the Historic Quarter of León, in the heart of the Barrio Húmedo, an emblematic place where most of the monuments of historical and cultural interest are located.


  • This Plaza, following the characteristic of most of the Spanish plazas of this type, has a quadrangular surface, the perimeter of which is lined with galleries and arcades. There, gastronomic places of various kinds are located where you can sit and enjoy.


  • Formerly, this site served as a market, where the main daily products were purchased. In 1654 a fire completely destroyed it and it was rebuilt following the design we see today. Today, the market for buying and selling products in the area continues to be held every week.


  • Around the square are attractive two-story buildings with a balcony on the first one.


  • If you visit the square on a Wednesday or Saturday, we recommend going early, at a time when the square is not yet very crowded, to be able to visit the market stalls and activate our subsequent walk.


  • Free.


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Address: Plaza Mayor Barrio Húmedo.


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Barrio Húmedo


Best places to taste the gastronomy of León

  • We finish the day of tapas in the two most traditional places. For this, the best consider a tour of several of the gastronomic places that are dotted around these two typical areas.


  • León has a very particular custom that we should all be grateful for: serving a free tapa with each drink you order. This enables the visitor to know the Leonese cuisine without problems.


  • The Old Town is crossed by Calle Ancha, a street that was originally a Roman road. On one side of it is the Barrio Romántico (on the side of the Cathedral) and at the other end the Barrio Húmedo.


  • Without a doubt, León's star product is cecina, a dehydrated meat similar to ham, but made with beef. In addition, sausages, cheeses, black pudding and sausages.


  • But not everything is summarized in the tapas. León has excellent wines with the Bierzo or Prieto Picudo designation of origin.


  • Thanks to its gastronomic excellence, León was named National Gastronomic Capital in 2018.


  • We recommend ordering "shorts", a measure smaller than the cane. In this way you can taste a greater variety of the exquisite tapas that are offered.


  • We recommend emblematic places like "La Bicha", "El Rebote", "El Tizón" and infinite options. Ask each one what their specialty is and taste the typical ones.


  • Depending on the site and consumption


  • 2 h - 3 h

    Depending on the number of sites that are visited and the length of stay in each one.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Each establishment has its schedule.



4 Ratings

elena_porelmundo

elena_porelmundo

El itinerario en León fue increíble. Degustamos de su rica gastronomía en Barrio Húmedo, sus carnes y quesos deliciosas y ¿la muralla de León? extraordinaria.

19/08/2020

familiadiazrosas

familiadiazrosas

Léon es una ciudad que se disfruta con todos sentidos... gracias por la guía ha sido nuestra mejor compañera de viaje.

02/08/2020

antoniorexha

antoniorexha

me agradó este paseo. La iglesia de San Marcos, La Colegiata San Isidoro de León y la Casa Botines son fuera de serie. Agradecido por la info de la guía, logró organizar mi viaje.

02/08/2020

jesss

jesss

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01/07/2020