León is a centuries-old city, a settlement and crossroads on the Pilgrims’ Way to Saint James of Compostella [Camino de Santiago]. It lies about four hours away from Madrid, two from Salamanca and roughly the same from the North Coast of Spain.
With a population of 131,000 (200,000, outlying area included), the city is a good context for learning the Spanish language and the culture on which it rests. León City is the administrative and commercial centre of the Province of León. It is a pleasant and welcoming city that offers visitors a perfect balance between its old mediaeval core and more recently developed areas, not to mention a great historical and artistic heritage. The city is easily crossed on foot, which makes it easy for travellers to get to know its streets and its inhabitants. It has a great deal to offer visitors, both cultural (an auditorium for classical music concerts, theatre plays and opera; museums and art centres) and a wide range of festivals and celebrations, some recognized internationally, like its Holy Week parades and ceremonies. Safety and an atmosphere of calm are also striking features of our city.
Both the City and the Province of León provide the ideal conditions for enjoying their artistic heritage, their rich and varied landscapes and the hospitality and friendliness of their people.