León is the final choice of our stay in the Iberian Peninsula. The known history of León traces back circa 29 BC. Founded as a Roman military encampment (7th Legion) situated on the Bernesga River, León experienced rises and falls, peaceful and tumultuous periods in its long history. Today, it is the capital of the Province of León, the city has a population of 466,108 (2018).
León has impressive historical and architectural heritage, and the city attracts both domestic and international tourists.
J.J. and I took a city tour train to get an overview. Even though the two of us did our homework of familiarizing ourselves, it is always helpful to get visual associations. To reach the center of the city, it took us about 18 minutes of walking. Many of the main attractions are congregated that one could feasibly visit most in a day. One challenge is that many museums, churches and even the Cathedral close their doors for 2-3 hours lunch break followed by siesta.
Yes Spaniards know how to enjoy life.
Aloha -- Cathi