Difference between revisions of "León (Spain)"
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Leon is a city in Spain.
From Madrid: Buses leave from Estación Sur de Autobuses at the metro station Méndez Álvaro several times a day, a round trip costs between 20€ and 40€ per person. .
Trains also leave depart from Atocha (Madrid south station) and from Chamartin (Madrid north station) to León several times a day. . It is slower than the bus. It takes more than four hours to arrive to León. It is expected that by the end of 2008 High speed train will link Madrid with León in less than two hours.
León's airport (La Virgen del Camino), is near the city, and has daily connections with Madrid and Barcelona. You can fly with Air Nostrum (Iberia) or with Lagunair. Another option is to fly to Valladolid with Ryanair and then take a bus at the airport to León, the company ALSA operates daily direct services from Valladolid airport to León
León offers many leisure options. Anyone interested on outdoor activities can enjoy visiting the natural park of "Picos de Europa". For those interested on trekking and culture, León is one of the main stops in the St James' way
The city of León was founded by Romans, as a matter of fact its own name originates from the name Romans gave to the city "Legio VII". Tourists that come to León can enjoy many monuments such as the city walls, the superb gothic cathedral or romanic monuments such as the church of San Marcelo.
The inhabitants of Leon do enjoy cooking and eating out with friends and family, as a result the variety of restaurants and food specialties is large.
You can also visit some villages near Leon with vineyards such as Valdevimbre. There you will find caves that are as old as 300 years. Originally they were digged to keep the wine since they do maintein the same temperature during the year. Today they are still used to make wine. Some of them have become restaurants or pubs.
The oldest cave -restaurant was opened in 1979 and it is called "La Cueva del Tunel". It has a typical decoration with an Indian touch. Sometimes one ventano (cave room) is converted in an Indian bazaar.
In Los Poinos  you can find a mix between new cuisine and typical food from Leon.
In any of the Cuevas restaurant you will be able to enjoy the typical food from Leon such as cecina, callos, morcilla (blood pudding), etc.
Valdevimbre is 23 Kms from Leon and you can drive there or get a taxi for 25EUR from Leon approximately.
The region has many areas devoted to winery. As a matter of fact some of them are internationally recognized for their quality: "Ribera de Duero", "Vinos del Bierzo", "Rueda" are some examples.
There is a unique wine variety typical from Leon, the Prieto Picudo.