León, Spain - Travel & Accommodation Guide
Hotels in León
Province, Castilla y León, Spain
Leon Holidays - Avila, Burgos, Leon, Salamanca, Segovia, Valladolid and
Zamora by Steve Greenwood
Castilla & Leon is the
largest region in Spain located between the north of Madrid, Portugal,
Aragon and the Costa Verde. Many visitors approach this region from Madrid
and its International Airport as many of the major cities in the region
can be reached from motorways leaving the capital of Spain. However, good
road access can also be found from the North coast via roads to Burgos
and Leon. In total, Castilla Leon has nine provinces that are Avila, Burgos,
Leon, Palencia, Salamanca, Segovia, Soria, Valladolid and Zamora.
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The main attraction for visitors
to the region of Castilla Leon is the high number of historical buildings,
many in near perfect condition, that have been left as a result of the
many conquests by the Romans, Celts and the Moors. Many of the major cities
boast some of the best cathedrals, churches and castles found not only
in Spain but also in Europe for architectural design. Castilla is the land
of castles and they can be found in virtually every corner of the region.
Avila is Spain's highest
provincial capital and it is also entirely enclosed by the most complete
set of medieval walls in Europe. With a total of 88 towers and 9 gateways,
the walls stretch for a total of 2km in length. In Spanish, the walls are
called Las Murallas and were originally built by the Christian Knights
after the re-conquest of the city from the Moorish settlers.
of the Walls and Town Ramparts, Avila, Castile Leon
Skyline and Christian Cathedral, Burgos, Castilla-Leon
The Gothic Cathedral in Burgos
is the city's most splendid sight and is the third largest in Spain behind
those in Seville and Toledo. Founded in 1221, the cathedral's construction
continued over 300 years involving some of the best architects in Europe.
As well as being a fantastic example of gothic architecture, it is also
one of the main stopovers for Pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela
where according to legend, the body of Saint James; one of Christ's apostles
was discovered in the year of 813.
Leon is a cosmopolitan city
with a relaxing ambiance that makes it ideal for visitors to Spain who
wish to see a wonderful mix of the historic and modern.
|The Gothic Cathedral in
the centre of the city began construction in the 13th century and is one
of the finest in Europe. Some of its outstanding features include 700 panes
of stained glass used in its construction, and an unusual design of mismatched
The city of Salamanca is
probably best known for its University, which was founded in the 13th century
and is the oldest in Spain. At any time of day you can see hundreds of
students wandering around this wonderful ancient city and enjoying the
many bars and restaurants well into the early hours.
The best way to see Salamanca
is on foot and the best place to start is the Plaza Mayor, which is one
of the largest and best in Spain. The plaza is an 18th century baroque
square, whose street level arcades, cafes and bars support 3 more storeys
with the Town Hall (Ayuntamiento) and Royal Pavilion at opposite ends to
Girls at Cafe Table, Plaza Mayor, Salamanca, Castilla Y Leon
Castilla Y Leon, Spain
There are two main features
in Segovia that cannot be ignored as you enter the city. One is the two-tiered
Roman Aqueduct that can be seen all across the city suburbs and is considered
to be one of the finest in Europe. The other is the Alcazar, Segovia's
fairytale royal castle, which stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the
city. It has everything a castle should have including spires, battlements
and exquisite chambers. It is well worth climbing the 152 steps to the
top of the castle for some excellent views over the whole city.
Valladolid is the capital
of Castilla & Leon, and a city full of historic and cultural attractions
including a cathedral, churches, sculptures and museums. There is plenty
to see in Valladolid and also many castles to be found in the surrounding
The great Cathedral of Zamora
was built in the 12th Century and includes certain Gothic additions that
were added at a later date.
The roof of the cathedral
is layered with curved stone tiles and modelled on the Haghia Sophia in
Istanbul. Around the cathedral in the streets of Zamora are plenty of Romanesque
churches to visit at leisure with many bars and restaurants nearby to admire
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- Astorga is a small
town and episcopal see, located in the province of León of Spain.
It lies southwest of the provincial capital of León, and is the
head of the council (comarca) of La Maragatería. It is situated
at 868 m above sea-level, and has an area of 47 km². The river Tuerto
flows through it. Its population (2004) is about 12,207 people. The
coat of arms of the town includes an oak branch. Astorga lies in the area
of the Maragatos, a small ethnic and cultural community with distinctive
customs and architecture. The Episcopal Palace of Astorga was built
by Antoni Gaudí and is one of the major attractions today, appart
from the town cathedral, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Astorga.
Astorga lies along the French route of the Way of St. James (Spanish: Camino
de Santiago). Saint Turibius of Astorga was bishop of the city in the 5th
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Temple Pradorrey, Astorga
The Hotel Temple Pradorrey
is located in the small town of Pradorrey, Spain, five kilometres from
the historic sights of the city of Astorga. Leon is 62 kilometres away.
Astorga train and bus stations are five kilometres from the hotel.
Built in the style of an ancient fortress, the hotel is situated in mountainous
countryside. Guests can take coffee in the hotel lobby, which is
characterised by suits of armour and medieval-style tapestry prints. Hotel
Temple Pradorrey's onsite restaurant, with terracotta tiled floor and floor-to-ceiling
arched windows, specialises in local Castilian dishes. Breakfast is available
for a surcharge. Decorated in a Castilian style, the 64 air-conditioned
guestrooms have pale pink walls, dark wooden furnishings including a high
grid-patterned headboard, and floral bedding in pink and peach tones.
Casa de Tepa, Astorga
This hotel comprises a late
18th century building that formerly housed the Santiago Pilgrims Hospital,
preserving the façade of the chapel bearing the same name, and an
adjoining building created by the architect Cardenas in 1906. It is located
in the city centre, just a few metres from the Cathedral, the Gaudí
Palace and the Roman walls and has a large 19th century style garden. The
meticulous care taken during the recent refurbishment has endeavoured to
restore the architectural and historic features of the building incorporating
all types of modern comforts to ensure a thoroughly pleasurable stay. León
is 46km away and Ponferrada 50 km. Visit the villages of the Maragatería
region just 10 km from the hotel.
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|Leon is a cosmopolitan city with
a relaxing ambiance that makes it ideal for visitors to Spain who wish
to see a wonderful mix of the historic and modern. The Gothic Cathedral
in the centre of the city began construction in the 13th century and is
one of the finest in Europe. Some of its outstanding features include 700
panes of stained glass used in its construction, and an unusual design
of mismatched towers.... read more
San Antonio León
The hotel is centrally located
in a quite street, close to all shopping areas and places of local interest
a few minutes away from the cathedral and the old quarter. The bedrooms
are large and comfortably decorated with wooden floors. The furniture is
traditonal with fine quality austere varnished tables and chairs. The beds
are equally elegant and comfortable. The bathrooms are large all tiled
and well decorated. The rooms have internet connection and remote controlled
TV with international channels. Some rooms have large balconies overlooking
the city from the upper floors. The restaurant is decorated in a
medieval style with limestone walls. Here one can enjoy delightful dishes
accompanied by good wines as well as friendly staff.
V Hotel León
The Alfonso V is a grand
eight-story hotel with art deco exterior and modern interior, located 500
meters from the historic center of León and the train station. The
restaurant has a seasonal menu with special themed gastronomic weeks, such
as the Hunt Gastronomic Week in January. Otherwise guests can enjoy meals
in the comfort of their own rooms with room service provided. There is
also particularly good provision for families, with babysitting or childcare
available and cribs provided if requested. Low-lighting and beige
furnishings characterize the modern rooms; all have cable tv, complimentary
newspapers and minibars. The ensuite facilities in all 62 guestrooms include
bathrobes and complimentary toiletries.
The smart, modern hotel
is located in the center of Leon, with excellent transport links, 1 kilometer
from the train station. Located in the center of Leon, the hotel
is surrounded by attractive squares, boulevards and gardens. Guests
can choose between a selection of drinks at the bar, organize meetings
in the business center, complete with audio-visual equipment and banquet
facilities, and make use of the free onsite parking. The 64 guestrooms
have a contemporary decor with soft lighting and wooden furnishings. Ensuite
bathrooms are complete with bidets, hair dryers and bathroom telephones.
All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, pay movies and
Silken Luis de León
A modern eight storey hotel,
the Silken Luis de Leon is located in Leon's main commercial and business
district, within a kilometre of the monumental gothic Cathedral, two kilometres
from the train station. Open from morning until midnight, the hotel's café
becomes a piano bar in the evenings and provides a relaxed space for enjoying
a morning coffee and browsing the complimentary papers, an early evening
aperitif or a post-dinner nightcap. Low-level lighting, piped music
and contemporary decor in a combination of rich red and soft neutrals set
the scene in the relaxed restaurant, which serves traditional, local cuisine
with a contemporary twist at lunch and dinner.
de León (Parador Hostal de San Marcos), León
The San Marcos Monastery,
whose construction began in the 16th century, replaced another 12th century
monastery from the times of King Alfonso VI. There are suites located
in the original building with views of the square and also an annex constructed
in the 20th century where the majority of the accommodation is housed.
Regal halls, spacious rooms, a library and a restaurant which in the main
part offers an impeccable traditional gastronomy with touches of signature
cuisine; all of which makes the Parador de San Marcos a unique establishment
on St. James’s Way and the Silver Way. Discover Leonese gastronomy
in the Rey Don Sancho restaurant. Saturate yourself with the finest flavours
of this historically plagued land enjoying the traditional local food washed
down with the excellent D.O. Bierzo and C.O. Tierras de León wines.
Temple Riosol León
The Hotel Temple Riosol
is located in central Leon, Spain, within 100 metres of the city's Contemporary
Arts museum, San Isidro Basilica, and the banks of the River Torio. This
modern cream-and-brown eight-story hotel is situated on a principle avenue
into the city. Wireless internet access is available in public areas, and
guests are invited to relax in the television and reading rooms.
Hotel Temple Riosol serves international dishes in its modern, coffee-toned
Restaurante Riosol. Breakfast is available at a surcharge. Business facilities
include three multi-purpose conference rooms, holding up to 300 people,
and fax services are available. The 134 air-conditioned guestrooms are
decorated in neutral tones accompanied by pine wood furnishings and richly
Coloured pinstriped bedding with matching curtains.
The Hotel Leon Tryp is located
in Leon, Spain, one block from the Leon Contemporary Art Museum. The Cathedral
and Espacio Leon Shopping Centre are both around 700 metres away. Wireless
internet is available in public areas, and there is a concierge service
offering assistance with bookings to nearby ski resorts and the Valporquero
Caves. A buffet breakfast is served daily at the Hotel Leon Tryp (surcharge),
which also has a separate cafe/bar area serving drinks and snacks. A fitness
room offers guests the opportunity to exercise in air-conditioned comfort.
In addition, there is a sauna suite, and also a public swimming pool opposite
the hotel. Parents can take advantage of the 'Alone at last' service, where
children are entertained with a daily programme of activities.
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- the capital
of the council (comarca) of El Bierzo, in the province of León.
It is situated on the river Sil, a tributary of the Miño.
The city is noted for its Templar castle, which covers approximately 16,000
square meters. Ponferrada also has several attractive medieval churches.
Many of the municipal buildings and churches are topped with local blue
slate. Just 20 Km. away from Ponferrada you can find Morredero peak,
which is 2135 m. high, and it has a little ski station. A few kilometers
arround from the city, there are many beautiful places and villages (Molinaseca,
San Pedro de Montes, Peñalba, Compludo, etc.) suitable for treking
routes and rural tourism.
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The super-modern AC Ponferrada
is located in a striking cobalt blue cubic building, 800 meters from the
center of Ponferrada and its sights, including the famous Templar Castle
and the old town with its tapas bars. As well as a conference center with
a full range of business facilities, guests can enjoy a typical regional
meal in the chic onsite restaurant, washed down with local wines. Later
on, guests can relax in the bar with a drink. There is also a free coffee
shop offering complimentary snacks and drinks at fixed times during the
day. The hotel lounge is furnished with deep leather armchairs, ambient
lighting and books. The 60 rooms offer high standards of comfort,
with sleek modern furnishings, wood floors, cable television and seating
The Hotel Temple Ponferrada
is located in Ponferrada, Spain, in the centre of town opposite Temple
Park, 200 metres from the shopping and business centres and from the historic
castle and basilica. A stone building with a medieval theme, the
Hotel Temple Ponferrada complements the nearby historic sites. The
hotel offers a lounge, reading room, and games room, and there is a pharmacy
and car rental desk onsite. Garage parking is complimentary. Restaurant
Los Comendadores at Temple Ponferrada serves regional dishes, such as Bierzo's
regional meat speciality Botillo, and wild mushrooms with cheese. There
is also a coffee shop where a buffet breakfast can be enjoyed, and a bar
and small discotheque. The nearest golf course is the nine-hole Bierzo
Club de Golf two kilometres away.
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|Villafranca del Bierzo
the last stage on the pilgrimage route in El Bierzo before reaching Galicia.
The settlement was developed from the pilgrimages. The river Burbia
flows through the town. Wonderful mountain landscapes all around.
de Villafranca del Bierzo, León
This hotel can be found
in the extreme north of the Region of Castille-Leon in Villafranca del
Bierzo, capital of a very beautiful region and former station on the road
to Santiago. The rooms are situated on two floors of the main part
of the hotel. The wooden floor in the bedrooms and elsewhere offers elegance
and comfort. The cuisine typical of the town has its own specialities
such as; Trucha Con Unto (a trout dish), El Botillo del Bierzo, El Pulpo
a Barciana (an octopus dish) and Chanfaina barciana (a stew-like meal).
For dessert there are Los Suspiros De Monje (a mixture of flour, sugar
and egg). The landscapes of the Ancares mountain range to the north
complement the beauty of the Parador's garden.