Attractions

Top Choice Museum in León

Museo Rubén Darío

Nicaragua's most famous poet, Rubén Dario, lived in this house for the first 14 years of his life – indeed, he started writing poetry right here at age 12. That first poem is on display here, as are various personal…
Top Choice Museum in León

Museo de Arte Fundación Ortiz-Gurdián

Probably the finest museum of contemporary art in all of Central America, the Ortiz-Gurdián Collection has spilled over from its original home in Casa Don Norberto Ramiréz, refurbished in 2000 to its original Creole…
Top Choice Museum in León

Galería de Héroes y Mártires

A homage to León’s more recent history is found at the Galería de Héroes y Mártires, run by mothers of FSLN veterans and fallen heroes.
Cathedral in León

Catedral de León

Officially known as the Basílica de la Asunción, León’s cathedral is the largest in Central America, its expansive design famously (and perhaps apocryphally) approved for construction in much more important Lima, Pe…
Museum in León

Museo de Leyendas y Tradiciones

León’s most entertaining and eclectic museum, the Museum of Myths & Traditions is now housed in La XXI (the 21st Garrison). What makes this museum unmissable is the striking contrast of its main subjects: a quir…
Church in León

Iglesia de la Recolección

Three blocks north of the cathedral, the 1786 Iglesia de la Recolección is considered the city’s most beautiful church, a Mexican-style baroque confection of swirling columns and bas-relief medallions that portray t…
Convent in León

Convent San Francisco

The 1639 Iglesia de San Francisco is one of the oldest in the city, a national heritage site with lots of gold, a gorgeous nave, and a rococo interior. It was abandoned between 1830 and 1881, then refurbished with t…
Church in León

Iglesia de La Merced

Home to León’s patron saint, La Virgen de La Merced, this is considered the city’s second-most-important church. After Volcán Momotombo erupted and forced the city’s evacuation, the Leónese built a new church here i…
Museum in León

Museo Historico de la Revolución

León is the heart and soul of liberal Nicaragua. Stop into this museum for an overview of the Nicaraguan revolutionaries who stood up against the Somoza dictatorship, tracing national history from the devastating ea…
Fort in León

El Fortín de Acososco

The Guardia Nacional’s last holdout in León, El Fortín can be reached by the 2.5km dirt road that begins on the western side of Guadalupe cemetery, on the southern border of Barrio Subtiaba. The large, squat, gray b…