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Castilla y León, Spain - Travel & Accommodation Guide

Hotels in León Province, Castilla y León, Spain

Exterior from the Southwest of the Cathedral, Leon, Castilla Y Leon, Spain, Europe
León - located in a flat countryside with wonderful historical and architectural heritage.  One of Leon's glories is without doubt, the Cathedral, one of the finest in Europe and having been constructed from the 13th century for a period of 200 years to completion.  It has more than 250 remarkable stained glass windows including a large rose window. In total there is over 1800 square metres of glass. The cathedral museum is also worthy of a visit with its wide array of exhibits.  The Collegiate Church of San Isidoro houses an impressive collection of early manuscripts. An early Romanesque construction.  The Palacio de los Guzmanes is a magnificent 16th century building with an impressive courtyard.  The Casa de Botines is an impressive piece by Gaudí with large turrets on each corner.   The Town Walls are of Roman and Medieval construction and are very impressive. The San Isidro Tower is of particular interest.
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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.
Castilla Leon Holiday Attractions 

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.

Exterior of the Walls and Town Ramparts, Avila, Castile Leon, Spain
Exterior of the Walls and Town Ramparts, Avila, Castile Leon
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City Skyline and Christian Cathedral, Burgos, Castilla-Leon (Castile), Spain
City Skyline and Christian Cathedral, Burgos, Castilla-Leon
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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 towers.


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 each other.

Two Girls at Cafe Table, Plaza Mayor, Salamanca, Castilla Y Leon, Spain
Two Girls at Cafe Table, Plaza Mayor, Salamanca, Castilla Y Leon
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Segovia, Castilla Y Leon, Spain
Segovia, Castilla Y Leon, Spain
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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 area.


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 their facades.
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Astorga - 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 century. Click to view map
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Sercotel 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.
Rusticae 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 Click to view map
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AC 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. 
Alfonso 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. 
Eurostar León
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 telephones. 
Hotel 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. 
Parador 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.
Sercotel 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.
Tryp León
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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Ponferrada - 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. Click to view map
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AC Ponferrada
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 areas.
Sercotel Temple Ponferrada
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. Click to view map
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Parador 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.

Latest update: September 20, 2012