Top Choice Cathedral in León


León's 13th-century cathedral, with its soaring towers, flying buttresses and breathtaking interior, is the city's spiritual heart. Whether spotlit by night or bathed in glorious northern sunshine, the cathedral, ar…
Top Choice Historic Building in León

Panteón Real

Attached to the Real Basílica de San Isidoro, the stunning Panteón Real houses royal sarcophagi, which rest with quiet dignity beneath a canopy of some of the finest Romanesque frescos in Spain. Colourful motifs of …
Top Choice Gallery in León

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

León's showpiece Museo de Arte Contemporáneo has been acclaimed for the 37 shades of coloured glass that adorn the facade; they were gleaned from the pixelisation of a fragment of one of the stained-glass windows in…
Top Choice Church in León

Real Basílica de San Isidoro

Even older than León's cathedral, the Real Basílica de San Isidoro provides a stunning Romanesque counterpoint to the former's Gothic strains. Fernando I and Doña Sancha founded the church in 1063 to house the remai…
Museum in León

Claustro & Museo Catedralicio-Diocesano

The peaceful, light-filled claustro (cloisters), with its 15th-century frescos, is a perfect complement to the main sanctuary and an essential part of the cathedral experience. The Museo Catedralicio-Diocesano, off …
Palace in León

Palacio de los Guzmanes

León's recurring Renaissance theme finds expression in the splendid Palacio de los Guzmanes (1560), where the facade and patio stand out. The latter is accessible only by a free guided tour that leaves regularly fro…
Museum in León

Museo Sierra-Pambley

This stately house dates from the 19th century and was built by Segundo Sierra-Pambley, who founded one of the first schools in the region in 1887. The rooms cover two floors with original furniture (much of it Fren…
Museum in León

Museo de León

Spread over four floors, the exhibits in this well-presented city museum begin with stone artefacts in the basement, thereafter journeying through the Middle Ages up to the 19th century. There are rooftop views towa…
Church in León

Iglesia de Santa María del Mercado

Down the hill, the careworn, stone Romanesque Iglesia de Santa María del Mercado looks out over a delightful square that feels like a cobblestone Castilian village square.
Ruins in León


Abutting the southwestern corner of the Panteón Real is a fragment of the former muralla (old city wall). The wall dates to the 1st century AD, but what you see today dates to 19th-century restoration works.