See the Cathedral,one of most importants in Spain,built between 13th-14th in Gothic style.,has some interesting museums,and 1.800 sq. of policromed glasses,in the beautiful High Windows.
Here you can see a detail of these High Windows.
Take a local train
There is a second station (F.E.V.E not R.E.N.F.E) that has a regular service to the valleys and small mountain range to the north of León. There are probably many serious walks you could do. We got off at Vecilla and there isn't much to it...two restaurants, a shop next to the station, a bar, campsite and a small artgallery/local centre. We came across a swimming pool carved from the banks of the river and this is where one trail begins. This area is famous amongst trout fisherman, not just for the crystal clear waters but also for the feathers from a particular breed of cockrels (prepare for constant crowing!) used in flytying.
Castille and Leon
León was founded by the Romans as a military post and became then the capital of an independent kingdom that eventually merged with Castille thanks to the marriages between the reigning families. The particularities of this old Kingdom, nevertheless, have not totally diluted in the course of centuries and are still perceptible in many aspects. In the Middle Ages, it became one of the most important cities on the Santiago pilgrim road. With the prosperity, the city filled itself with works of art that we have the pleasure to admire nowadays.
This picture does not depict any Medieval building, but he famous House of Botines. An early XX century work by Antoni Gaudí, one of the few works of the Catalan genius out of his homeland.
If you opened this page expecting doses of Gothic, Romanesque and Roman architecture (the cathedral, San Isidro and the remains of the city walls), well, I guess there must be other León pages knocking around. Here we start with a location which was once a major employer - the RENFE works and depot, nowadays a private mechanical engineering works with steam locomotive restoration as one of its specialities. The ALAF (León Railway Enthusiast Society) Mikado is seen here in September 1996, restoration almost complete. A magnificent beast, cared for by a magnificent and dedicated team. Available for charter, of course!
And at the RENFE station, a pleasing display of small industrial archaeological artifacts. In the late 1980s and 1990s there was also a novel train composition indicator 'box' - a huge glass case containing 'N' gauge models of trains, each faithfully representing the rolling stock composition of each express that served León.
About a kilometre distant, the FEVE station, this view of the 1920s building dating from September 1996, before refurbishment and renovation, during the sad 12 years (1991 to 2003) when passenger services were confined to the Guardo to León end of the line to Bilbao.
If you are after architecture, two more views (San Isidro and San Marcos) are in the travelogue.
Outside of Leon...
I was travelling throughout France, Spain and Portugal during May, June and July of 2000. I went specifically to walk the Camino de Santiago. From St. Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela.
Personally... my life has changed as a result of walking the Camino in almost every aspect. Physically. Mentally, Spiritually.
It is an incredible experience. There was an opportunity for just about every emotion to be experienced: Sadness. Joy. Emptiness. Exhilaration. Pain. Happiness. Loneliness. Confussion. Wonder...
And yes, there were times that I thought I could not, would not continue...
As I learned from my pilgrimage though: Change is good. Life is good. Stop every once in a while and take in the view. Smell the flowers. Feel the rays of the Sun shine upon your face. If it´s raining, sing. Always, always go forward.
This photo was taken about 8 kilometers outside of the city of Leon, Spain. This group is comprised of some of the Pilgrims I became friends with as I walked the Camino de Santiago during the months of May and June of this year.
Other than myself, they are all from Spain. From left to right you have: Javier from Galicia (it's his third time of walking the Camino). Mikal, who is from the region known as Pais Vasco (his brother was also doing the Camino at this time but due to some pain he was having with his knees, he was about two days behind us).
I'm third from the left and have a very sunburnt face from walking the entire time without a hat to block off the rays of the Sun. Next to me is Carlos who is also from Galicia. Super-nice guy. With the Bandana on her head is Carmen, who lives very near Barcelona. At the end is the very pleasant Araceli, who like her friend Carmen is also from Cataluña. We all enjoyed many meals together in different "Mesones" along our way to Santiago.