The city of Leon can be found in the community of Castile and Leon, in northwest Spain. It is the capital of the province of the same name, and this historic destination sits on the bank of the River Bernesga amongst a landscape of dramatic mountains. This family-friendly city features a captivating blend of ancient culture and contemporary current, and is sure to appeal to anyone in search of an interesting city break.
Leon is a city filled to the brim with history and culture, and you’ll find plenty of fascinating sights to visit during your holiday to Leon. One of the more dramatic landmarks on the Leon skyline is the imposing tower of the Rayonnant gothic Cathedral. Nearby you’ll also find the Basilica of San Isidoro, which features a stunning collection of Romanesque paintings, as well as the tombs of the former Kings of Leon. Other popular attractions include the grand parliament buildings at Palacio de los Guzmanes, and the charming Convent of San Marcos. Head to the Old Quarter of Leon to find remains of the original medieval walls, a selection of Roman ruins, and the neogothic Casa de Botines, designed by none other than Antoni Gaudí himself.
One of the best things about a holiday to Leon, is that you’ll get the chance to sample some of the famous Leonese cuisine! In the restaurants and bars here you’ll find an unusual selection of tapas dishes, as well as some trademark recipes, often involving ingredients such as chickpeas, strong garlic and stuffed meats. Some of the favourite dishes include pork intestines stuffed with mincemeat ‘Botillo’, a rich and spicy blood sausage ‘Morcilla’ and dry-cured, smoked beef ‘Cecina’. The region around Leon also produces a great quantity of wine, and there really is no better way of enjoying a local delicacy than accompanied by wine produced by local vineyards.
The city of Leon enjoys a lively street culture. As well as restaurants and tapas bars, you’ll find cafés, bars and nightclubs a plenty, often with large outdoor areas. Head down to the ‘Barrio Húmedo’ district to find the more exciting places to eat and drink. Shopping centres, museums and galleries are all on offer when you book a holiday to Leon – the Plaza del Grano is the best area to enjoy the city’s more modern climate.
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Leon boasts a wide range of attractions, many of which are free to enjoy – such as the recently opened ‘MUSAC’, a contemporary art museum with a twist, which is housed in a building that has itself won awards for contemporary architecture. With such a rich selection of museums, galleries, street entertainers and sites of historical significance, it’s not hard to plan an affordable holiday in Leon with lastminute.com. Check out our other fantastic deals in Spain to Barcelona at lastminute.com.