The proud city of León is one of north-western Spain’s most culturally diverse locations, well-worth the visit during your holiday in Spain. From its fantastic Gothic architecture to its world-famous cuisine, you’re sure to be delighted by what you discover in this grand provincial capital.
Make it a visit to remember with a stay at Paradores’ luxury and historic hotel’s outpost in León. Parador León is a splendid lodging located in a 16th century pilgrim’s hospital in the very heart of the city.
An artistic wonderland
Dominated by its famous cathedral, considered to be one of Spain’s finest examples of classic Gothic architecture, León is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along the Way of Saint James and the home to countless architectural and artistic treasures. Romanesque monuments like the Basilica of San Isidora mix with modernist landmarks like Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Botines, one of the renowned architect’s few surviving projects outside of Catalonia.
Take a stroll through the idyllic San Martín Square or spend an afternoon sampling tapas in the Húmedo neighbourhood, where Leonese staples like cecina (cured, smoked beef) and botillo (meat-stuffed pork) are always a wise choice. Later, drop in on the Castile and León Museum of Contemporary Art, better known as the MUSAC. It is one of the region’s finest cultural centres and stands out thanks to its delightfully multi-coloured building.
A stately pleasure
One of Europe’s most historic hotels, Parador León dates back to the 16th century, when it was built to serve as the headquarters of the Military Order of Saint James. It was a key base during the reconquest of Spain, a stop-off point for pilgrims on the Way of Saint James and a jail for notables like the legendary Spanish author, Francisco Quevedo.
Today its elegant halls, exquisite cloister and stately library host guests in considerably greater comfort than previous visitors, providing the perfect lodging from which to get to know León. After a day of viewing its sights, make sure that you head back to the Parador’s restaurant, where a traditional meal of classic Castilian food awaits. From the rich Riaño beef sirloin to the salt beef and black pudding famous throughout the region, you’re sure to enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience, with dishes perfectly paired with local Bierzo and Tierra de León wines.
Prepared to discover León? Contact the Parador today!