Northwest Castilla y León attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in León

Catedral

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 Site in West of León

Las Médulas Gold Mines

The ancient Roman goldmines at Las Médulas, about 20km southwest of Ponferrada, once served as the main source of gold for the entire Roman Empire – the final tally came to a remarkable 3 million kilograms. It's stu…
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 Astorga

Museo del Chocolate

Proof that Astorga does not exist solely for the virtuous souls of the Camino comes in the form of this quirky private museum. Chocolate ruled Astorga's local economy in the 18th and 19th centuries; this eclectic co…
Church in East of León

Monasterio de San Miguel de Escalada

Rising from Castilla's northern plains, this beautifully simple treasure was built in the 9th century by refugee monks from Córdoba atop the remains of a Visigoth church dedicated to the Archangel Michael. Although …
Museum in Astorga

Palacio Episcopal

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí left his mark on Astorga in the fairy-tale turrets and frilly facade of the Palacio Episcopal. Built in the 19th century, it now houses the Museo de los Caminos (in the basement), an e…
Cathedral in Astorga

Catedral

The cathedral’s striking plateresque southern facade is created from caramel-coloured sandstone with elaborate sculptural detail. Work began in 1471 and continued over three centuries, resulting in a mix of styles. …
Museum in León

Claustro & Museo Catedralicio-Diocesano

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