Cooked maragato. León is a strong gastronomic ground. In addition to shortbread and cured, León is widely known for exquisite delicacies such as the maragato stew. The legend says that going to war in León didn´t allow them to finish cooking the stew, but in order to prevent fighting with just a soup in the stomach, they inverted the order of the plates, first the meat then the soups.
Legends aside, the cooked maragato takes time to digest. They are 4 plates. The first consists of ten pieces of meat, the second consists of chickpeas and vegetables, the third of a noodle soup and the fourth of another soup. The cooked maragato is so demanding in the stomach as tasty to the palate.
Routes with charm. Beyond the capital, the province of León offers the possibility to perform various routes passing through small towns and villages filled with a typically Castilian charm.
León has villages such as Peñalba of Santiago, San Pedro de Montes, Castrillo de los Polvazares, Villafranca del Bierzo, Grajal Molinaseca Field that have interesting historical traditions and monuments. Also there is the possibility of making routes in León routes that combine nature, landscape and beautiful places. The best known are those of Cares, the Silent Valley and the route by La Cabrera.
Holy Week in León. The festivity is declared as of International Tourist Interest and it is the main holiday in the calendar of León. The religiosity of the sixteen fraternities is lived in the steps and processions that take place throughout the main streets of León between samples of solemn meditation and faith.
Parallel to the religious celebration, on the Holy Thursday the pagan celebration of Saint Genarín also takes place. The drunken saint of the Leonese revives the procession which recalls Genaro Leon Blanco, who rises the morning of Holy Thursday between drinks and wine trails.
Gaudí in León. The stunning modernist trail of Antonio Gaudí can be traced in León in the two majestic works the great Catalan artist bequeathed to the province: the Botines House and the Episcopal Palace of Astorga.
The Botines House is known for its gothic air, resolutely modernist, with works of masonry and towers in the interior that distribute spaces in an innovative way. The Episcopal Palace of Astorga gathers the neo-Gothicism with medieval forms to shape a building that seems to be a work out of a fairy tale.