The city of León is enchanting, welcoming and surrounded by medieval roots but with an eye on the future. A city that is firmly established between the regions of Maragatería and the neighbouring Bierzo (where it already smells like Galicia) and the rest of the Castilian lands from the Palentian plateau. Discover León and stay at our Sercotel Hotel Alfonso V, conveniently located next to the Plaza de Santo Domingo, the centre of León and near its historic centre.
Four important buildings represent the essence of the city of León: La Catedral, La Basílica de San Isidoro, El Parador de San Marcos and La Casa Botines. Visiting them will give you an idea of the history of this city that was born during the Roman period as a settlement of the Legio VII Gemina.
In chronological order first, you should visit the Basilica of San Isidoro, a Romanesque temple whose Pantheon of Kings has preserved medieval frescoes now named the Sistine Chapel of Romanesque Art. There you will find the Calendario Agrícola, that includes 12 medallions of the field works, one for each of the month of the year.
3 The Gothic Cathedral of Santa María draws attention from the outside, but the inside is also really impressive on a sunny day when you can appreciate its stained glass. Next, you should go to the Parador de San Marcos. It was built during the time of King Alfonso VII of León to offer refuge to the pilgrims who made the Camino de Santiago. In the XVI century, it was demolished and rebuilt with the striking Plateresque facade that you can see today.
Just over one hundred meters from our hotels in León, Spain located in the city centre, you will find Casa Botines; one of the three buildings that the architect Antonio Gaudí built outside Catalonia. Right next to it, you will find the Casa de Los Guzmanes, now the deputation headquarters of León.
If you are traveling for leisure and you do not want to stay in the city centre, or if you are visiting León for business purposes, we recommend you to book your stay with Sercotel Hotels at our hotels in León near the airport. This convenient location will make any plan easy going. There are many reasons to spend a few days in León and discover this beautiful city.
León is the headquarters of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Castilla y León (MUSAC), an exhibition centre that is distinguished by its colourful facade and its effort in promoting local and international artistic trends. We recommend visiting the exhibition rooms or spend a few hours walking through the Gardens of the Countess and the Paseo de Papalaguinda, on the Bernesga River banks.
If the hustle and bustle make you hungry, the bars in the Barrio Romántico and the Barrio Húmedo are the best option when you order cortos (beers with a smaller size), totally recommendable if you plan to order several rounds. In León, each drink is accompanied by a tapa and each bar recommends to try the best one they have. You must not leave León without trying the morcilla (blood sausage) of León and the Cecina (dried meat).
León is an ideal destination during any time of the year, although during winter you should wear a jacket that keeps you really warm. However, if you book your stay at our hotels in León city centre for Easter, you will have the opportunity to experience by first-hand their famous holy week recognized as a Fiesta of International Tourist Interest.
16 penitential brotherhoods procession through this time in León. One of the most famous is the Confraternity of Dulce Nombre de Jesús Nazareno. It was founded more than 400 years ago and it walks through León on Thursday’s night to Good Friday. Tradition and silence are part of the papones parade as well as the lemonade (a fruity and sugary wine) which is normally drank in the area. Also, the pagana procession of Genarín commemorates the run over in 1929 of a popular local drunkard by the garbage truck in the Húmedo neighbourhood.