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Aldea del Cano

Aldea del Cano

Aldea del Cano

Aller

Aller's Landscape

Paisaje de Aller

Aller

Aller's Landscape

Paisaje de Aller

Aller

Aller's Landscape

Paisaje de Aller

Aller

Aller's Landscape

Paisaje de Aller

Aller

Aller's Landscape

Paisaje de Aller

Baños de Montemayor

Villa Termal de Calidad Excelente

Villa Termal de Calidad Excelente

Baños de Montemayor

Villa Termal de Calidad Excelente

Villa Termal de Calidad Excelente

Béjar

Ruta de las Fábricas Textiles

Ruta de las Fábricas Textiles

Béjar

Ruta de las Fábricas Textiles

Ruta de las Fábricas Textiles

Benavente

Merece un alto en el camino

Merece un alto en el camino

Benavente

Merece un alto en el camino

Merece un alto en el camino

Calzadilla de los Barros

Retablo del Divino Salvador

Retablo del Divino Salvador

Calzadilla de los Barros

Retablo del Divino Salvador

Retablo del Divino Salvador

Carmona

Carmona, a museum

Carmona, a museum

Carmona

Carmona, a museum

Carmona, a museum

Carmona

Carmona, a museum

Carmona, a museum

Carmona

Carmona, a museum

Carmona, a museum

Carmona

Carmona, a museum

Carmona, a museum

Casar de Cáceres

Miliarios romanos

Miliarios romanos

Casar de Cáceres

Miliarios romanos

Miliarios romanos

Fuente de Cantos

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Fuente de Cantos

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Fuente de Cantos

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Fuente de Cantos

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Fuente de Cantos

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Gijón

Northern Spain with Zest

Asturias con sal

Gijón

Northern Spain with Zest

Asturias con sal

Gijón

Northern Spain with Zest

Asturias con sal

Gijón

Northern Spain with Zest

Asturias con sal

Gijón

Northern Spain with Zest

Asturias con sal

Guijuelo

Guijuelo

Guijuelo

Guijuelo

Guijuelo

Guijuelo

Hervás

Turismo con corazón

Turismo con corazón

Hervás

Turismo con corazón

Turismo con corazón

La Bañeza

Gran Premio de Velocidad Ciudad de La Bañeza

Gran Premio de Velocidad Ciudad de La Bañeza (20-21 de agosto 2016)

La Bañeza

Gran Premio de Velocidad Ciudad de La Bañeza

Gran Premio de Velocidad Ciudad de La Bañeza (20-21 de agosto 2016)

La Pola de Gordón

Reserva de la Biosfera del Alto Bernesga

Reserva de la Biosfera del Alto Bernesga

La Pola de Gordón

Reserva de la Biosfera del Alto Bernesga

Reserva de la Biosfera del Alto Bernesga

Lena

Cyclist destination

Destino ciclista

Lena

Cyclist destination

Destino ciclista

Lena

Cyclist destination

Destino ciclista

León

León....te quedan dos deseos

León....te quedan dos deseos

León

León....te quedan dos deseos

León....te quedan dos deseos

Llanera

En el corazón de Asturias

En el corazón de Asturias

Llanera

En el corazón de Asturias

En el corazón de Asturias

Los Santos de Maimona

El Piropo blanco de Extremadura

El Piropo blanco de Extremadura

Los Santos de Maimona

El Piropo blanco de Extremadura

El Piropo blanco de Extremadura

Mérida

Mérida

Mérida

Mérida

Mérida

Mérida

Mieres

Danza Prima

Danza Prima

Mieres

Danza Prima

Danza Prima

Montemolín

Fortaleza almohade

Fortaleza almohade

Montemolín

Fortaleza almohade

Fortaleza almohade

Morcín

Embalse de los Afilorios

Embalse de los Afilorios

Morcín

Embalse de los Afilorios

Embalse de los Afilorios

Plasencia

La ciudad está viva, se siente viva

La ciudad está viva, se siente viva

Plasencia

La ciudad está viva, se siente viva

La ciudad está viva, se siente viva

Ribera de Arriba

Hórreos en Bueño

Hórreos en Bueño

Ribera de Arriba

Hórreos en Bueño

Hórreos en Bueño

Riosa

La Vega

La Vega

Riosa

La Vega

La Vega

Sevilla

We love people

We love people

Sevilla

We love people

We love people

Zafra

Palacio de los Duques de Feria SXV

Palacio de los Duques de Feria SXV

Zafra

Palacio de los Duques de Feria SXV

Palacio de los Duques de Feria SXV

Zamora

Desconocida, perfecta

Desconocida, perfecta

Zamora

Desconocida, perfecta

Desconocida, perfecta

Situation

The City of León currently has 142,439 inhabitants, which sum 200,000 if we take into account the surrounding villages that are dependent on the municipality.

Its location in the north-eastern quadrant of the peninsula, an ineluctable doorway to Galicia and Asturias and the nexus of these regions with the central plateau, gives us an idea of the importance of its situation as a communications hub.

It is a city on the Camino de Santiago (Jacobean Trail), which has always afforded a warm welcome to the pilgrims, travellers and tourists who have made it their home for a few hours or days at a time.

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History

The origins of the city go back to Roman times, when the Legio VII Gemina, created by the Emperor Galba, established camp between the Rivers Bernesga and Torio around the year 68 A.D.

In the year 586, Leovigildo made León part of his domains. Towards the year 717, the Moslems temporarily occupied the city until the Reconquista (Reconquest) converted it into a Christian stronghold. It was destroyed by Abderramán II in the 9th century, being subsequently conquered and resettled by King Ordoño I. At the beginning of the 10th century, King Ordoño II moved the Court of the Asturleonés Realm from Oviedo to León, making the town his capital. At the end of the 10th century it was razed by Almanzor.

In the year 1017, Alfonso V recovered the capital and proceeded to rebuild the old Roman city walls. This king promulgated what are considered the first municipal laws: los Buenos Fueros (Good Charter). Around the year 1035, Fernando I and Sancha ordered the Real Basilica de San Isidro to be built. All through the 12th century, new districts came into being that make up what is known as the Burgo Nuevo (New Town) of the city; León was also enriched by the contributions of the pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela.

In 1188, Alfonso IX convoked what may be defined as the first democratic courts in Europe. In the 13th century, Fernando II el Santo, commenced the building of the Cathedral of Santa Maria, which would open for worship towards the year 1302. In the 16th century, Fernando el Católico granted authorisation for the construction of the Convento de San Marcos (Convent of St. Mark).

In the year 1808, León was to be invaded by Napoleonic troops. The first railway line was opened in 1863; it would be the LeónPalencia railway.

At the end of the 19th century, a great Catalonian architect would visit our city, namely Don Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, to take up a commission to build the Casa de Botines. Towards the year 1920, the city underwent an urban expansion. And in 1979, the long-awaited University of León was to be founded.

It is a city on the Camino de Santiago (Jacobean Trail), which has always afforded a warm welcome to the pilgrims, travellers and tourists who have made it their home for a few hours or days at a time. Its historical importance is patent in every nook and cranny; historical traces appear in each plot of its attractive historic quarter. Narrow streets with age-old names of guilds, like Platerías (Silversmiths), Azabachería (Jet jewellers), etc., give the visitor an idea of the day-to-day activities of those who dwelt here in years gone by.

But these streets have not lost their flavour or their commercial past. With a change in trade, they nowadays tempt all those who pass through, whether locals or visitors, with the offer of the best of our cuisine and wines. Whether in an informal setting, with tapeo (savouring small servings or tapas, usually among friends), so typically Spanish, or sat at a table, all who find themselves in León will visit our Barrio Húmedo (Wet Quarter). But the city not only offers up its rich past. Those who visit us will be able to enjoy a modern, commercial town with residential districts with wide avenues and gardened areas alongside examples of modern, avant-garde architecture; good examples of which are buildings like the City of León Auditorium, the new Crucero Civic Centre, the regional governmental seat of the Junta de Castilla y León and what is to be the Museum of Contemporary Art of Castille and León.

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Más Información

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Teléfonos:
987 87 83 36
Fax:
987 87 83 22
Web:
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