Capital of the León province, the Spanish city of León, is a historical city that takes you back straight to Roman times. With ornate cathedrals and fascinating museums on one hand and a vibrant nightlife along with seasonal festivals on the other, León teaches the art of balancing old and new.
A part of the old quarter of León, rightly called the ‘Wet District’, is a lively area with taverns, bars and restaurants. Ideal for pub crawling, this place offers bars like Ginger and Luna 9 where you can explore a multitude of cocktails and tapas options. If you manage to work up an appetite for a meal, do stop at some local restaurants that serve traditional Leonese dishes like sopa de ajo (garlic soup) and croquetas (deep-fried croquettes).
León offers a grand wealth of architecture in the form of cathedrals and churches. A famous site, Santa María de Regla de León Cathedral is a Gothic-styled structure with a stunning exterior. It has stained-glass windows and two spire towers with a central portico. The Convent of San Marcos, a fine example of Renaissance architecture, was originally a pilgrim's hospital and monastery. Today, this building serves as one of the grandest hotels in Spain that includes a church and a museum. The Basilica of San Isidoro of León is a Romanesque-style church built on the site of an ancient Roman temple. Dedicated to Saint Isidore, this place houses a museum that contains medieval manuscripts, jewelled chalices and other precious metals.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.07|
|Average weekend price||$85 per night|
|Average weekday price||$81 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
Many places of interest including: León Cathedral, Roman walls, Gaudi's Casa Botines, etc.. lots of public street art. Many good shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. Very walkable with pedestrian zones.
I am very familiar with Leon as have been here frequently oner the past twenty years as a returned pilgrim to Santiago de Compostela. Leon is a wonderful place to enjoy a two-day rest on the way. The Monastica Pax was a very pleasant discovery - and I would recommend it to anyone who wanted an enjoyable stay in this fabulous city.
Leon is a great city - just make sure that you never stay at the Hotel Albany Ancha where we had the most miserable experience. It was so bad that although we had booked and paid for two nights, we left after only one and found a much better hotel at a similar price. For example, we could not get into the hotel (4:30 p.m.)and the pin no didn't work. A passer by directed us to a nearby cafe which apparently acts as reception (who knew??) where the assistants finally gave us two cards - one for access to the hotel and one for the room. The room card had '20' written on the back but there was no room 20. I finally discovered that it opened the door marked '2' and inside there were several more rooms and it opened the '0'! The only access is up steep, uneven wooden stairs, poorly lit and frankly dangerous when carrying bags. Paid parking is a distance away; there was no sign of a restaurant or bar. The miserable breakfast was obtained from the unfriendly cafe - a croissant and a coffee.
Fascinating city. Extraordinary Cathedral with amazing stained glass. Lots of other interesting architecture and beautiful old squares. Great tapas bars and restaurants all within easy walking distance.Local people very friendly
It was our first trip to Leon and we stayed only one night there. The old center of the city has a lot of nice historical buildings. The center is full of restaurants, great atmosphere, great tapas places and restaurants.
Leon was a lovely city to explore on foot. There is an old town which has a few Roman remains. A lovely riverside walk and a lot of nice public areas, squares, parks etc to explore. At night there are plenty of places to eat ranging from cheap fast food, local cafes and traditional restaurants. For us two nights and one whole day seemed about right, but you could definitely stay longer.
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