What to do and see in Leon, Spain: The Best Places and Tips

December 20, 2017 Emerita Lamoureux

Discover the best top things to do in Leon, Spain including Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral, Museo Panteon San Isidoro de Leon, Historic Center of Leon, Casa Museo Sierra Pambley, Antiguo Convento de San Marcos, Plaza Del Grano, Plaza San Martin, Centro de Interpretacion Del Leon Romano, Museo Gaudi Casa Botines, Plaza Mayor de Leon.
Restaurants in Leon

1. Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral

Plaza Regla s/n, 24003 Leon, Spain +34 987 87 57 70
Excellent
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral

Gothic-era Cathedral of golden sandstone with soaring stained glass windows and richly decorated West portals.

Reviewed By Kristoffer M

What a magnificent place! Compared to the Cathedral in many other cities, located in the northern part of Spain, then this is my absolute favorite. You get an audio tour-guide for free when you pay the entry (€6, and only minus by this place).

2. Museo Panteon San Isidoro de Leon

Plaza San Isidoro 4, 24003 Leon, Spain +34 987 87 61 61
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Museo Panteon San Isidoro de Leon

New book claims precious goblet in Leon's San Isidro basilica is mythical chalice from which Christ sipped at last supper Burial place of 40 kings, queens and princes of Leon and Castile, with 12th century romanesque frescoes.

Reviewed By Manuela L - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Very nice fresques and paintings, a royal fresque of San Isidoro de Leon;
Leon was at a certain time the most important town of Spain and has conserved till today many monasterys, churchs, and hospitals and attract the many pilgrims.
Bishops of Leon brought the relicts of SanI Isidoro to Leon in year 1063, from Sevilla.
The Pantheon is the roman sixtine chapel of Leon and is a nice museum.

3. Historic Center of Leon

Centro Historico, 24003 Leon, Spain
Excellent
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4.5 based on 598 reviews

Historic Center of Leon

Reviewed By Manuela L - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Historic Center of Leon merit a visit, many roman constructions, the nice portal "Pardon "of San Isidor; the gothique cathédrale, many other churchs, hospitals, ancien palaces, a construction of Gaudi, the famous architecte, the royal Pantheon of San Isidoro;
Very nice by day and in the evening to stroll in this nice old center, with vived nice cafes, restaurants and terraces.

4. Casa Museo Sierra Pambley

Calle Sierra Pambley 2 | Frente a Catedral, 24003 Leon, Spain +34 987 22 93 69
Excellent
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4.5 based on 161 reviews

Casa Museo Sierra Pambley

The Sierra Pambley Foundation is a non-profit institution dedicated to educational activities in the province of León (Spain). It was created in 1887 by Francisco Fernández-Blanco y Sierra-Pambley, Gumersindo de Azcárate, Francisco Giner de los Ríos and Manuel Bartolomé Cossío.The Foundation’s activities have always been guided by the spirit of the Free Institution of Teaching (Institución Libre de Enseñanza). Nowadays, it realizes a lively programme of cultural and educational activities:The programme of Spanish as a Foreign Language provides free Spanish language courses for immigrants and organizes diverse conferences, seminars and meetings for Spanish teachersThe Sierra Pambley museum shows the way of life of a nineteenth century enlightened family, as well as the pedagogical activity of the FoundationThe Azcárate Library has a wide library materials specialized in social sciences (history, philosophy, geography and pedagogy). This library is also a place full of history where you can read the newspapers or enjoy the web (we have free wifi)The Archive preserves the historical records of both the Foundation’s activities and also those of the Francisco Fernández-Blanco’s family.The Sierra Pambley school, located in the town Hospital de Órbigo, provides quality education for young people and adults.

Reviewed By Anonymous257Bilbao - Bilbao

The story behind this house is one of affluence, austerity and intellect. It has been fully restored and each room reveals unexpected treasures of different kinds for their monetary, artistic, historic and human-curiosity value. The tour would be interesting for the everyone in the family.

5. Antiguo Convento de San Marcos

Plaza San Marcos 7, 24008 Leon, Spain +34 987 24 50 61
Excellent
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4.5 based on 729 reviews

Antiguo Convento de San Marcos

Reviewed By stonewithnomoss - USA

This place is not exactly on the tourist trail, but worth the detour. What a building with lovely landscaping. Really it's one of the best public buildings in Leon AND nearby is the old bridge over the river which is also quite scenic. Don't miss this place...

6. Plaza Del Grano

Leon, Spain
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4.5 based on 384 reviews

Plaza Del Grano

Reviewed By johnhouston2 - Knaresborough, United Kingdom

Plaza del Grano is my favourite square in Leon. It feels roomy, peaceful and non-touristy, and with its rough old cobbles, attractive church and pleasant cafe bars it is a great place to spend a lazy hour.
So if you are minded to give it a try, I recommend that you sit outside the cafe Grifo and do some lazy "people watching".

7. Plaza San Martin

Leon, Spain +34 987 26 04 83
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4.5 based on 333 reviews

Plaza San Martin

Reviewed By CaliforniaTourista - California

Great main square in the old town area to grab a bit, sit and chat with locals, or just read and while away the afternoon. Easily accessible from many parts of the city. I felt comfortable walking to and from here at night alone.

8. Centro de Interpretacion Del Leon Romano

Plaza Puerta Castillo S/N, 24003 Leon, Spain +34 987 22 13 03
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4.5 based on 119 reviews

Centro de Interpretacion Del Leon Romano

Reviewed By Jobo2013 - Melbourne, Australia

This is a great little museum to learn about the Roman settlement of Leon, and the staff were delightful and accommodating.
Although all the descriptions throughout the museum are in Spanish only, you are provided with a leaflet in English briefly describing what is contained in each room. (Entry to the museum is free).
Also it is easy to work out without English descriptions what is going on. In addition to the Roman ruins visible both within and external to the museum, there are models of the town in Roman Times, life size soldiers in various uniforms and even a recreation of the room that accommodated the Roman legionaries.
The museum also runs a free nightly tour of Roman Leon which takes you to view all of the evidence of Roman occupation, including the Roman Theatre which is not otherwise currently able to be visited. The tour leaves the museum at 5pm and is conducted in Spanish only.

9. Museo Gaudi Casa Botines

Plaza de San Marcelo 5, 24003 Leon, Spain +34 987 35 32 47
Excellent
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4 based on 754 reviews

Museo Gaudi Casa Botines

Reviewed By Leanne L - North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I loved the exterior of this building, it reminded me of Cinderella's castle in Disneyland. It is one of the very few Gaudi buildings outside of the Cataluna region. We found the outside more interesting than the inside. It was open most days from 11am-2pm...MoreThank you for sharing your opinion. We're glad you liked it. Greetings from Casa Botines

10. Plaza Mayor de Leon

Leon, Spain
Excellent
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4 based on 220 reviews

Plaza Mayor de Leon

Reviewed By Barbara F - Cerritos, California

It seems that every city on Spain has a Plaza Mayor, and Leon is no exception. The buildings surrounding the square are not as dramatic as in some cities, but it is still worth a visit. We were there on the market day - it was full of vendors with gorgeous produce and other products. It was a market for residents - nice to feel away from the tourists. There are a number of small cafes on the perimeter - nice spot for a drink and tapas!

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