FCG – Day 1: Leon

Today you’ll arrive in Leon the starting point of your Camino.
Leon is an amazing, culturally rich city, with almost 250.000 inhabitants, one of the biggest cities in Castilla

Leon was born as a military camp from the Roman Legions. It grew up in the XIX century thanks to the boom of coal mines in the region.
Try to arrive early enough to explore this wonderful city you will not regret it.

  • Its astonishing Cathedral built between mid-XIII and XV centuries, known as “The House of the Light” due to its 125 (1,800 sq. m) stained glass windows, the large rose window is particularly outstanding.
  • Pay a visit to the main monuments:  Casa de los Botines, a fascinating palace created by Antoni Gaudí the famous Catalan architect, San Isidoro Basilica, one of the main Romanesque churches in Spain, San Marcos Monastery, an impressive renaissance monument,…

In the old city, you’ll walk through the narrow streets of the 2 main districts: Barrio Húmedo (Wet District) and Barrio Romántico (Romantic District) located on both sides of the cathedral. Plaza del Grano (Grain Square) in Barrio Humedo has a special charm.
In Leon, you’ll find hundreds of bars with beautiful tapas, don’t be surprised when you are served a tapa with your glass of beer or wine, for free!!! It’s the tradition.

“Embutidos” are particularly good: chorizo, cecina (smoked ham made with cow leg) the Cheeses are also remarkable.

We’ll meet in the evening at the Hotel foyer to share a welcome drink and our first foodies’ dinner.