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Guide of León


The city of León is located in the northwest of the region of Castile-Leon and was long ago the capital of the old kingdom of Leon. Be surprised by this charming city that is also part of the Way of St. James. Here we can find a legacy of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance art as a result of its great splendor during the Middle Ages. Also, it should be mentioned the Holy Week of León, this has been declared a World Heritage Festival by UNESCO. This small and cozy city will surprise you by its rich culture and friendly character of its people.


 
 We recommend


 Shopping

 Gastronomy

 Nightlife

 Our tip

 How to get there

 Useful Information

 Where to sleep





We recommend



Cathedral


Leon cathedral was built on the site of some ancient Roman baths. It is one of Spain's most important works of French Gothic architecture of the thirteenth century. The stained glass windows are one of the most spectacular in Europe, and this makes it known as the cathedral of the light.


The botines building


This Neoclassical style building is one of the most important works of Gaudí outside Catalonia. Today is the headquarters of the Bank of Spain.  The windows are inspired in the clerestory windows of the cathedral of Leon.


San Marcos Church and Parador


Nowadays this building is a beautiful Parador. It stands out the exterior due to the impressive Renaissance style façade. Do not miss the inside garden of the building, you will also be able to visit some interior rooms of the Parador. Equally charming is the Bernesga river walk and the effect of the lights of the square at night.


Musca (Museum of Contemporary Art of Castile-Leon)



This building is within walking distance of the Monastery of San Marcos. You'll be surprised by the contrast of a contemporary art museum in a city like Leon, as well as the design of Art Nouveau building.


Others


Plaza Mayor Square, Guzman Palace, City Hall, St. Martin Church, Palace of the Count Luna, Basilica of St. Isidoro and Roman ruins.


Shopping


Across the old town of Leon will find all kinds of shops, from modern retailers to the most traditional products. You can also find a wide variety of fresh products in Conde Luna Market, located in the square of the same name. In the market square is tradition that people from the region sell their products on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.


You can also find two shopping centers:

“Espacio León”
Avda. del País Leonés, 12
Opening Hours: 10:00 h - 22:00 h from Monday to Saturday      
www.espacioleon.es

It can be reached by bus lines 7, 12 from "Gran Vía San Marcos"
More information: www.alesa-alsa.com

El corte inglés
Fray Luis León 29
Opening Hours: 10:00 h - 22:00 h from Monday to Saturday      
www.elcorteingles.es

It can be reached by bus line 2 from La plaza de Santo Domingo.
More information: www.alesa-alsa.com




Gastronomy


Leon, as in any city in Spain, you can go for tapas. The difference is that, as in many other parts of Spain, you are given a tapa for free when you order a drink.


If you go to a restaurant we recommend that you try the great variety of embutidos (cold sausage) and queso de cabra (cheese made from sheep's milk). To follow we will recommend meat or guiso (soups and stews): asados de lechazo (roast baby lamb) cochinillo (roast suckling pig) and cabrito (roast kid). Do not forget you can also enjoy a tasty trout and frog legs. Finally, if you're still hungry as a dessert we recommend: candied chestnuts in syrup or "Huesos de Santo." (Sweet made with marzipan, sugar and egg yolk).




Nightlife


If you want to go out for dinner you can go to "Barrio Romántico" and "Barrio húmedo” neighborhoods. In both districts you will find places to go for "tapas" or dine at a nice restaurant.

The main area of "Barrio Húmedo" is Plaza de San Martin; there you can find many bars and restaurants where you can go for tapas at a very affordable price. There is a route of bars and in each one it is served a specialty of "tapa". If you order a drink, you will be given a tapa for free.

All the nightlife is concentrated also in the "Barrio Húmedo". We recommend walking through the streets where you can find many places at very affordable prices.



Our tip


• Take a day to dine at Plaza de San Martin. We recommend that you go to all the bars and ask for a "corto" (tiny glass of beer) and you'll get a small “tapa" for free.
• There may be frosts in winter; we suggest taking warm clothing in case you may need it.
• If you can make coincide your visit with Easter, you'll enjoy one of the most beautiful festivals in Spain.




How to get there


By plane


Leon Airport is at the air base of La Virgen del Camino, Carretera La Ermita, s / n, about 6 kilometers from the city. There are no international flights connections but two flights from Madrid and Barcelona.

The cost of a taxi is about 25 € and takes 10 minutes.

A shuttle bus connects the airport to the center of the city. The cost is 3 €.


By train



There are two stations:

Regional FEVE
Avenida Padre Isla 48.
At this station there is only one train line: Leon - Guardo (Palencia)
More info: www.feve.es

National  RENFE
Calle Astorga, s/n.
More info: www.renfe.es


By bus


The bus station is on Avenida Leon Saenz de Miera Engineer, s / n
From this station you can go to several parts of Spain.
More information: www.alsa.es



Useful information


Language


Spanish

Climate


Leon has a continental Mediterranean climate. Winters are cold with low temperatures even to frost, and short hot summers with temperatures exceeding 30 degrees. The springs and autumns are short. If you come in winter do not forget to pack warm clothes.

Weather in in León



Public Holidays


In Spain


1 and 6 January
Good Friday
19 March
1 May
15 August
12 October
1 November
6, 8 and 25 December


In León

24 June (St. John)
25 July  (Apostle)
5 October  (St.  Froilan)
Tourist Offices
León Tourist office
Plaza de San Marcelo, 1
Opening Hours
From Monday to Sunday:  9 -20:00H
Email: oficinadeturismo@leon.es
Tel:  +34 987 878 327

Post Office


JARDIN DE SAN FRANCISCO 2
24004 LEON
Opening Hours
From Monday to Friday:  8.30 am – 8. 30 pm.
Saturday: 9.30 am – 2 pm
www.correos.es



Emergency telephone numbers


Citizen Attention: 010
National Police: 091
Local Police: 092
Red Cross: 987 222 222
Hospital of León: 987 237 400
Renfe: 902 404 704
Airport: 902 404 704
DGT: 900 123 505




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