León: My Favorite Place in the World

Leon is my city, it is my favorite place in the world. Filled with romance and mystery in every corner, it urges you to shoot lots of pictures. It is a city to enjoy and it is best enjoyed in good company.

When you arrive in the city, it doesn’t show you its teeth. Though many may think its name comes from that big cat called lion, it actually doesn’t. Leon was named after the military legion that funded the city in 74 AD, the Legio VII Gemina. Because Leon is located on the way to Santiago, it is an obligatory stop for thousands of pilgrims walking trough here every year. I would like to invite you all for a stroll along some of its most beautiful streets and corners.

Let’s start our journey by walking up to the old part of town, where we find the Palacio Botines, built by Gaudí between 1891 and 1894.

A little further you’ll find the cathedral popularly known as The Pulchra leonina. Construction started in the thirteenth century. Don’t hesitate to go inside and admire the stained glass windows.

Another jewel in the city is the Basílica de San Marcos.

Located close by is MUSAC (Contemporary Art Museum Castilla and León). Visiting the museum is a good way to spend your time when the weather lets you down.

If by chance the climate cooperates, you should walk towards the Archivo Histórico Provincial where you will find street art by sculptor Eduardo Arroyo. Both the Unicorn Head and the Fly appear to be taunting gravity!

After all that walking, you have probably worked up an apetite! One of the best places to have diner is Barrio Húmedo. They serve some of the best tapas: sausage, potatoes with paprika, croquettes, mushrooms… Another good option is Barrio Romántico. Many tapas bars also serve drinks at night, a good way to end the day.

If you want to take home some of the tasty food you had last night, nothing beats the Count market at the Plaza del Conde Luna.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays, you can also take a stroll by the Mercado de la Plaza Mayor and buy some local produce at the market!

As you can see ,I have walked the city many times. And even though I am not a tourist, I tend to get lost in the streets as if I were one. I would like to invite you to Leon and loose yourselves as well. Bring your cameras and enjoy the many delights my city has to offer.

Everybody is welcome in Leon!

For more information, please check out Turismo de León.

written by silvereyes on 2013-03-07 in #world #locations #leon #gothic #romantic #art-and-culture #cathedral #spain #escape #tourism #city
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