The Camino de Santiago from Leon to Villafranca

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The week spent in Léon had been wonderful but it was time to move on to our next destination. Our road followed the Camino de Santiago from Léon to Villafranca and we decided to stop in Astorga along the way. … Continued

Lingering in Leon for a week

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I am reluctant to leave Léon, which is probably obvious! I was sad to leave after staying there for a week, and I am equally sad to stop talking about it and leave the photographs alone! However, I need to … Continued

Enjoying food in Leon

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We stayed in an AirBnB in Léon and after a day’s walking were too tired to go out for dinner. This didn’t stop us from enjoying food in Leon, particularly as we also wanted to eat rather earlier than the … Continued

New & Old in Leon

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I loved walking in the streets of the old city of Léon but I also wanted to see some of the contemporary architecture. Sadly the Museum of Contemporary Art was closed for renovation but we could at least enjoy the … Continued

The Monastery of San Pedro de Eslonza

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It had been a wonderful day visiting extraordinary monasteries in the countryside around Léon. As we were driving back I noticed a sign showing an historical site. In a spur of the moment decision I pulled off the road to … Continued

Monastery of San Miguel de Escalada

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The Monastery of San Miguel de Escalada is about 10 kms away from the Convent of Santa Maria la Real in Gradefes and it is another magical and surprising church in countryside which feels very remote.

The Monastery of Santa Maria de Sandoval

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The Monastery of Santa Maria de Sandoval was an interesting church outside Leon which had caught my attention. But we needed a car to visit the Monastery! The car had shown ominous messages as we drove to Leon. A very … Continued

Walls and parks and squares in Leon

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I spent a week in Léon and I particularly loved taking my camera and going out on my own. It was fun to be in a city which was bustly but not too crowded. I enjoyed looking at what was … Continued

The Romans in Leon

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Present-day Léon is a quite magical city – the Romans did a good thing when, around 29BC, the Legio VI Victrix created a military camp, the beginning of today’s city. On this day we set out to find Roman Leon … Continued

The Walls of Leon

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Léon was founded by the Roman legion Legio VI Victrix in 1C but the walls around the ‘historic centre’ of Léon date from both Roman and Mediaeval times. It was fun to walk around the city, looking for the walls of … Continued

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