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Category: Cities, Local time: 09:47:53, Altitude: 842m, Tel.: +34 987 23 70 82, Official WWW website:

Leon is a beautiful historical city in Spain . The capital city of the province Leon is situated in the north-western part of the country. The city has about 140,000 inhabitants today.

Historical monuments

Today's Leon is a cosmopolitan city with many monuments. The most significant of them is the Leon Cathedral from the 13th century. Other monuments include the basilica and tower San Isidoro, the monastery San Marcos and the Roman fortifications. The most visited museum is the Museum of Contemporary Art (MUSAC) , which was opened in 2005. The most beautiful square is perhaps Plaza de San Marcos with many charming gardens. There is a university in the city.

Tourist services

Leon offers a wide range of accommodation. The gourmets will definitely not be disappointed in Leon as they can try one of the local specialties, such as Cordero Asado (roast lamb) , Botillo (special delicacy from pork) or the sweet Mantecadas. You may also taste local wine. The surroundings of Leon are a renowned wine-growing region. For a good meal and some amusement, visit the lanes of "Barrio Húmedo" full of bars, discos and restaurants.


Leon hosts a number of cultural events throughout the year. The most significant of them are e.g. the so-called "Holy Week" (Semana Santa) , when many marches take place or the celebration of Juan & San Pedro during the the last week of June. Various concerts and fairs are organized throughout the whole city of Leon during this week. On 23 June, you can watch the famous fireworks show.

A little bit of history

The city's history began in antiquity, precisely in the 1st century B.C, when Leon was founded. Later, it became the capital city of the Leon Kingdom. From the 16th century, the city gradually declined. It began to grow again in the 19th century and saw its greatest boom in the 60s of the 20th century.


Leon is easily accessible. The airport (Aeropuerto de Leon) is located app. 5 km from the city. It provides mostly intrastate flights but there are flights from e.g. Paris , too. By car, follow motorways AP-71, AP-66 or A-231. There is a regular bus link from Leon to Madridem several times a day. You can also reach the city by train from Madrid , Barcelona and Pontevedra .


flat surrounding area
mild climate

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GPS: 42.5993, -5.571
Altitude: 842 m
Last update: 2012-10-21 14:15:41

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