LEON ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES

Leon has a wealth of churches and cathedrals, a roof top tour is a great way to see the city.

If the heat of Leon is getting to you take a bus to Las Penitas .

Volcano boarding tours at nearby  Cerro Negro volcano are easily avail  able in Leon. 

Here are some of the most popular attractions in or close to Leon:

 

CATEDRAL DE LEON:

León's most famous building was constructed over a 100 year period from 1747. The largest cathedral in Central America is also home to local poet Rubén Darío's tomb.

Other notable churches and cathedrals in Leon are; Iglesia El Calvario, an 18th century mix of styles and the mustard Iglesia de La Recolección.




FUNDACION ORTIZ-GURDIAN:

This gallery located in two colonial buildings on opposite sides of the street,  boasts an impressive collection. From European masters (Chagall, Picasso) to a stunning assembly of Latin American art, including Pre-Columbian ceramics and contemporary Nicaraguan painting.

Latin American masters - Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Fernando Botero, Roberto Matta and more - that define the collection. One of the best modern art galleries in all of Central America

  

  

GALERIA de HEREOS y MARTIRES:

Close to the town center is this museum, photo gallery run by mothers of Sandanista veterans.

  

  

OLD LEON RUINS:

The small town of La Paz Centro is your gateway to the ruins of Spain’s first settlement in Nicaragua, found in Puerto Momotombo.

This well-developed historical site is an easy and worthy day trip from León. Francisco Hernández de Córdoba- the local currency is named after him- founded the first city of León in 1524.

Dávila had Hernández de Córdoba decapitated in the town square two years later. In 1610, Volcán Momotombo erupted, burying the town under ash. 

León Viejo is now a World Heritage Site.

The site is open seven days a week, with local  tour guides from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

GETTING THERE:

Catch a bus from León, 8 a.m. or 11 a.m. connection in La Paz Centro; last return bus from the ruins is 3 p.m.