Our most recommended things to do in León, Spain

León from Gaudí to 21st century Walking Tour

1. León from Gaudí to 21st century Walking Tour

Explore León's most representative landmarks on a guided walking tour that delves into the city's expansion. Choose between a group tour and a private tour and discover the significant changes that this city underwent from the end of the 19th century to the present day. Meet your guide in Plaza de San Marcelo where you'll learn about your first stop on the tour, Gaudí's Casa Botines Museum. Purchase your entry ticket and head inside the museum to find out more about Antoni Gaudi, 19th and 20th-century Spanish art, and the history of the building itself. After your museum visit, head back outside and follow your guide as you walk along 2 of the city's most significant roads, the Gran Vía de San Marcos and Ordoño II Avenue. See important architectural highlights, including the Alfageme building, the Lubén house, the Chueca Goitia building, and more, learning about each one from your knowledgeable guide. Your tour comes to an end at the Plaza Santo Domingo, where you'll have the opportunity to view the La Vieja Negrilla, an oversized bronze sculpture by Amancio González measuring nearly 3 meters long and 2 meters wide. 

Las Médulas: Guided Walking Tour

2. Las Médulas: Guided Walking Tour

Discover Las Médulas, the largest open-pit gold mine in the Roman Empire on a guided walking tour. Visit Cuevona and the Encantada, the two historic galleries of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will start the tour in the public parking area of the town of Médulas. Walk through the vibrant streets of the town to reach the Senda de las Valiñas and see the ancient chestnut trees. Stroll through the Las Médulas, and you will find the Cuevona and the Encantada, the old galleries through which the water circulated to exploit the mountain and thus extract all the gold. It is still an abandoned mine so you will see it from a distance due to the risk of collapse. You will continue your journey to the town of Médulas to finish the 4km path before visiting the Mirador de Orellán. Finally, end your tour with a walk towards the top of the mountain to get spectacular views of Las Médulas and all of El Bierzo. 

From Madrid: Day Trip to Salamanca with Private Tour

3. From Madrid: Day Trip to Salamanca with Private Tour

Travel to the unique medieval city of Salamanca on this day trip from Madrid. Uncover legends and delve into the history of this city on a private guided tour. Be picked up from your accommodation in Madrid. Relax as you are transported in a comfortable car to Salamanca. Meet your guide and start your tour. Stroll through the streets in the historic center. Marvel at the baroque style of architecture at La Clerecía College. View the over 300 shells which decorate the façade of the library, Casa of las Conchas. See the ornate arches on the façade of the San Esteban covenant. Find out where Columbus planned his trip to the New World. Explore the oldest university in Spain, the University of Salamanca. Uncover the rich history of this university that was founded in 1218 by King Alfonso IX.

León: Urban Outdoor Escape Room Game

4. León: Urban Outdoor Escape Room Game

Become the protagonist of your own adventure as you race around the streets of León in an outdoor escape game. Choose between two challenges and receive both a physical box and a digital app to help guide you through the Barrio Húmedo and past other architectural masterpieces. Before your adventure, receive a physical box posted to your address that contains reports, maps, photographs, and letters. Download the digital app and discover videos, games, clues, and information about León's landmarks. Combine the app and physical materials to solve the mystery. Feel like a detective as you wander past some of the city's most iconic buildings and stroll through the streets of Barrio Húmedo, which is the name given to the city’s old town. It translates as the ‘wet district’ because it’s where the biggest concentration of bars, pubs, and taverns is located. You can choose between two different options: Masked MurdererInvestigate the identity of a serial killer who has killed several young women, broadcasting the murders on social media and moving their bodies to well-known places in León. The Spear of DestinyGet hold of the Spear of Destiny before it falls into enemy hands. Through a telegram sent between two collaborators of Nazi Germany, historian Sarah Levi has traced the Spear of Destiny used by the Romans to kill Jesus Christ on the cross, to León. Now it's your job to locate it.

León Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour

5. León Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour

Get to know León at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure, you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the Catedral de León, Plaza San Isidoro, Convento de San Marcos and many more exciting sights in the neighbourhood. After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the Plaza de Regla square and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at Convento de San Marcos. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

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