Weekend in León


León invites you to enter it and absorb its history of walls, impressive architecture and its rich gastronomy. We propose a weekend in which the walk through the streets dazzles.

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Barrio Húmedo


Best places to taste the gastronomy of León

  • León has a very particular custom that we should all be grateful for: serving a free tapa with each drink you order. Thus, the visitor can get to know Leon's 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 of two denominations: DO León and DO Bierzo


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


  • 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.


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Each establishment has its schedule.


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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: Old Town Barrio Húmedo, León, Spain.


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Consistorio


In the Plaza Mayor, one of the most beautiful buildings

  • Located in the Plaza Mayor itself, this building was built during the reconstruction of the square, between 1674 and 1677.


  • Although it is related as an old City Hall building, it was never built as such.


  • The balcony that dominates its facade, has served as a platform for various proclamations and political speeches.


  • Its architecture respects the lines of the Baroque style, being typically a mansion with two towers on its sides, an example of civil architecture in Spain.


  • As emblematic facts, from his balcony Manuel Villapadierna y Castro, exalted the population in defense of King Fernando VII.


  • After being the box of honor during the bullfights, civil registry, public school and courthouse, today it functions as the Visual Arts Workshop and the Holy Week Brotherhood Board.


  • 0 min - 15 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Address: Plaza Mayor. Its exterior facade can only be admired from the Plaza Mayor.


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Muralla de León


Roman and medieval fortress

  • For a better route, you can take one of the sections that starts from behind the Plaza Mayor and head towards the section of Avenida de los Cubos, one of the best preserved and that extends from the cathedral to Plaza del Espolón. There, you can also see the Arch of the Prison or Castle Gate, one of the 4 that are preserved until today.


  • We begin our tour of the wall of León through Calle de los Cubos, the best preserved section of the walls, to later enter the Old Town through the Arco de la Cárcel, and walk contemplating the remains of the Roman wall that is still preserved in the urban layout.


  • 36 towers are preserved of what were the walls at the time, and that today delimit what is considered the Old Town of the city.


  • There are sites that are very well preserved, being one of the oldest in Spain and giving the idea of the quadrangular layout of the Old Town.


  • Their history dates back to the Augustan period, in the 1st century BC, when they were erected as a defense of the Roman camp of Legio VII. In the 2nd and 6th centuries, they were reinforced with stone and pebbles.


  • Already in the fourteenth century, by order of Alfonso VI, sections of medieval-style wall were added, characterized by being built with double walls.


  • To make the journey on your own, the best thing to do is follow the bronze patches located on the ground. It consists of 8 stops with their respective lecterns through which information is obtained.


  • For a better route, the best is the section of Avenida los Cubos, one of the best preserved and that extends from the Cathedral to the Plaza del Espolón. The Arch of the Prison or Castle Gate through which we enter, is one of the 4 gates that are preserved to this day.


  • If you are interested in this part of history, since 2007, the City Council organizes free guided tours along the walls. This visit leaves from the Plaza de la Catedral twice a day.


  • Free


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Without restrictions


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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

    Hours: Summer: Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.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. Cathedral: last visit half an hour before closing. Museum: last visit one hour before closing. http://www.catedraldeleon.org


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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 Wednesdays 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 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Dramatized visits: Saturday at 12:15 pm (maximum 15 pax)


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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, supported by 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.


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  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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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

    Hours: - Basilica free entry from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. - Museum and pantheon: -Winter hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Summer hours: 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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Plaza Torres de Omaña


The center of Barrio Romantico

  • If you want a quiet gastronomic experience, it is recommended not to go on Friday and Saturday nights, as the bars tend to get very crowded.


  • The origin of the name of this neighborhood is unknown, although it is probably due to the fact that it encourages romanticism due to its beautiful streets and buildings.


  • The Romantic District is located next to the Humid District, both separated by Calle Ancha.


  • There are a large number of bars, each having its specialties reflected in portions and tapas.


  • The variety and quality of the tapas have made the city have been awarded in 2018 as The Gastronomic Capital.


  • It is a neighborhood that has become fashionable among local people while tourists usually go to the Barrio Húmedo.


  • Each drink includes one tapa per person, it is recommended to order the tapas that are the specialties of each bar. In addition, each person can order their cap, it is not necessary for everyone to drink the same.


  • Unlike other Spanish cities you can order the drink inside and take it out on the street.


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Iglesia de San Marcos


Former monastery and current parador

  • Be sure to visit the church, the museum and the cloister. Enter the cafeteria of the parador to see it from inside.


  • 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, from then on it functioned for various purposes: as a prison (at which time Francisco de Quevedo was imprisoned for 4 years), hospital and 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.


  • From this space 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 eras.


  • It is one of the constructions that undoubtedly stand out in the urban setting, with its more than 100 m of Renaissance façade.


  • Adults 0.60 euros. Students, retirees and those under 18 years old, free entry. Saturdays and Sundays free entry.


  • 1 h - 2 h

    Depending on the sites that are visited.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Address: Plaza de San Marcos. Museum hours: - Summer from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00. Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Monday. - Winter from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Monday.


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MUSAC


A visit to the art of the last decades

  • We recommend that you find out about the exhibitions that are in force at the time you go, since they change every three months.


  • Keep in mind that on Sundays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. admission is free.


  • The MUSAC is one of the most representative buildings of modern Spanish construction, recognized for its avant-garde style, which has earned it the European Prize for Contemporary Architecture in 2007.


  • It was inaugurated in 2005 by the then Prince of Asturias, and is located in the Eras de Renueva neighborhood.


  • It has 5 exhibition rooms, and its proposal has been to become a true 21st century museum, where works of art from the last generations are exhibited.


  • Its façade is made up of more than 3000 multicolored panels, inspired by the stained glass windows of the cathedral.


  • Before Sunday tapas, it is an excellent alternative to spend some time on contemporary art.


  • General admission with guide € 5. People over 65, young people between 8 and 16, students between 17 and 25 and large family members € 2. Free admission on Sundays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., opening days of the exhibition, October 12, December 6 and International Museum Day.


  • +34987090000


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    -General entrance with guide € 5. -People over 65, young people between 8 and 16 years old, students between 17 and 25 years old and members of a large family € 2. -Under 8 years free entry. -Free entry on Sundays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., opening days of the exhibition, October 12, December 6 and International Museum Day.


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Parque Del Cid


A quiet park in the middle of the city

  • It is not recommended to walk in the park on rainy days, as the cobblestone ground is filled with puddles.


  • It is located in El Barrio Romántico de León, being a quiet green area where you can sit and rest under the shade of the willows and lime trees.


  • The construction of the park began in 1972, on what was then the site of the Agustinas Recoletas convent.


  • The park had many uses since before being a convent it was a military barracks.


  • A vestige of the oldest history of the city is displayed in this park, because you can see and access a section of wall from Roman times.


  • The park is surrounded by the most emblematic buildings of the city.


  • Access to the park can be done through Calle del Cid, in addition to Calle Piloto Regueral.


  • The Park pays tribute with a bust to Ruben Darío, Nicaraguan poet, journalist and diplomat, who was the highest representative of the literary modernism of our language.


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Plaza De San Marcelo


The popular Plaza de las Palomas

  • It is recommended to take the tourist train that leaves during the summer months, which shows the most attractive parts of León.


  • Plaza de San Marcelo, also known as Plaza de las Palomas is a cobbled square full of historic buildings.


  • Next to the square there is a beautiful garden with a fountain dating from the end of the 18th century, which during the summer months is usually the shelter of the people of León.


  • The Old Town Hall or Palacio de la Paridad is the presiding building in this square, which was built by the architect Juan de Rivero in 1585.


  • The building has gone from having different functions over the years; today there are the municipal offices of the city.


  • In the square itself there are other buildings where it is worth stopping, such as the Hernando Villafañe Palace, the San Marcelo Church or the Torreblanca Palace.


  • Another of the buildings worth mentioning is the Palacio de Torre Blanca, on the right side of the Old Town Hall, built in 1672, which has been the seat of the government, telegraph office and is currently the headquarters of the New Industrial Recreation.


  • The interesting thing about this site is its vitality. Throughout the year various activities, concerts, plays ...


  • Among the events held here, at Christmas time there is a Nativity scene with a small farm around it. There are also different fairs such as the book fair, handicraft products and artistic fairs.


  • If you want to take a short tour with the tourist train, keep in mind that it leaves from this Plaza. It works during the summer and visits the most emblematic sites of the city.


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed



9 Ratings

sara_manzana

sara_manzana

Fui sobre todo a Catar vinos y bebidas q me habían dicho q eran buenísimos y en efecto lo son. TMB, Me extrañó ver el busto del poeta nicaragüense Rubén Darío en el Parque CID.

20/08/2020

viajera_de_corazon

viajera_de_corazon

Mi pareja y yo acordamos una cita en este lugar, el itinerario fue increíble, sus carnes y quesos en Barrio Humedo hicieron q me olvidara de la dieta. Fabuloso!

19/08/2020

elena_porelmundo

elena_porelmundo

Vacacionar es una bendición y si lo puedes hacer con orientación aún mejor. Está guía me mostro el encanto de esta ciudad. Sus catedrales medievales sus calles llenas de luz y su rica gastronomía me sedujeron.

12/08/2020

viajandovoy

viajandovoy

Que bella Ciudad León! Valle la pena recorrerla con tranquilidad... Su Barrio Húmedo es un hallazgo, su caso histórico y el Parador tiene un encanto especial.

28/07/2020

familiadiazrosas

familiadiazrosas

Un paseo por León es una apuesta segura de pasarlo bien! Su calle Húmeda vale la pena recorrerla y entrar a probar sus raciones. Historia lugares con encanto y buena comida!

25/07/2020

alejandrita

alejandrita

el mejor fin de semana q he pasado en los últimos tiempos. Me relajé muchísimo visitando el parador y la plaza de San Marco cómo la Plaza de regla y todo el casco histórico de la ciudad.

24/07/2020

luisma76

luisma76

Muy recomendado para pasar un fin de semana.

21/07/2020

martinymartina

martinymartina

León siempre es una gran escapada! Buenas recomendaciones, sobre todo el Barrio Húmedo y sus tapas!

20/07/2020

nadieta

nadieta

Un viaje que recomendaría a cualquiera 🙌😊☺️👏

14/11/2019