León Tourism

León (/leɪˈɒn, -ˈoʊn/; Spanish: León [leˈon]; Leonese: Llión [ʎiˈoŋ]) is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain. Its city population of 127,817 (2015) makes it the largest municipality in the province, accounting for more than one quarter of the province's population. Including the metropolitan area, the population is estimated at 202,793 (2015). Founded as the military encampment of the Legio VI Victrix around 29 BC, its standing as an encampment city was consolidated with the definitive settlement of the Legio VII Gemina from 74 AD. Following its partial depopulation due to the Umayyad conquest of the peninsula, León was revived by its incorporation into the Kingdom of Asturias. 910 saw the beginning of one its most prominent historical periods, when it became the capital of the Kingdom of León, which took active part in the Reconquista against the Moors, and came to be one of the fundamental kingdoms of medieval Spain. In 1188, the city hosted the first Parliament in European history under the reign of Alfonso IX, due to which it was named in 2010, by the professor John Keane, the King of Spain and the Junta of Castile and León, as the cradle of Parliamentarism, and the Decreta of León were included in the Memory of the World register by UNESCO in 2013. The city's prominence began to decline in the early Middle Ages, partly due to the loss of independence after the union of the Leonese kingdom with the Crown of Castile, consolidated in 1301. After a period of stagnation during the early modern age, it was one of the first cities to hold an uprising in the Spanish War of Independence, and some years later, in 1833 acquired the status of provincial capital. The end of the 19th and the 20th century saw a significant acceleration in the rate of urban expansion, when the city became an important communications hub of the northwest due to the rise of the coal mining industry and the arrival of the railroad. Leon's historical and architectural heritage, as well as the numerous festivals hosted throughout the year (particularly noteworthy are the Easter processions) and its location on the Camino de Santiago, which is ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, make it a destination of both domestic and international tourism. Some of the city's most prominent historical buildings are the Cathedral, the finest example of French-style classic Gothic architecture in Spain, the Basilica of San Isidoro, one of the most important Romanesque churches in Spain and resting place of Leon's medieval monarchs, the Monastery of San Marcos, a prime example of plateresque and Renaissance Spanish architecture, and the Casa Botines, a Modernist creation of the architect Antoni Gaudí. A noteworthy example of modern architecture is the city's Museum of Contemporary Art or MUSAC.

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This is a comprehensive travel guide for León in Spain. From budgeting tips to finding the best spots, this travel guide has got all the insider information to explore León like a local. A gripping city on its own right, Santillana Del Mar also deserves a visit. So, ideally any vacation planner would recommend you to visit Santillana Del Mar for its bountiful attractions like Collegiate Church Of Santillana Del Mar, Museo Y Cuevas De Altamira, Museum Of The Inquisition on your trip to León. A vacation to León can typically be of 1-2 days. Immerse in the spirit of the city and you'll not miss your home.

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  • Know the pollution level of León before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 31.25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 31.25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 31.25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 37.5 (Low)
  • How safe is León for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in León.

    • Burglary and Theft 25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 28.57 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 28.57 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 25 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 21.43 (Low)
    • Attacks 28.57 (Low)
    • Drug offense 39.29 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 85.71 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 67.86 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 28.57 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of León is 187.01 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 73.95 (High)
    • Climate Index 77.29 (High)
    • Pollution Index 27.44 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 16 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 53.78 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 83.33 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.6 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 70.54 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in León

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8.27 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.08 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 77.19 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 80.5 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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