León is a colonial city that historically played a prominent role in Nicaragua’s economic, political and cultural landscape. This is also clearly visible from the prominent colonial architecture in the centre. In addition, it is no coincidence that the largest cathedral in Central America was built in this beautiful city.
León was several times the capital of Nicaragua, but after a fierce civil war with Granada, that honour was given to Managua in 1856.
León suffered less from attacks in the past, but has not yet acquired the well-polished image of the city of Granada. The city exudes an authentic, even cosy atmosphere and the locals you meet are always open for a chat.
There is a lot to do and see around the city. Visit one of the various nearby volcanoes, for example, the Cerro Negro volcano where you can go sandboarding or the Telica volcano where you can enjoy the most beautiful sunset. Another nice trip is a visit to the rum factory of the famous brand Flor de Caña, (according to Nicaraguans, the best rum in the world is produced here). The whole production process and more is explained to you during this informative tour.
Have you seen enough of the city? You then might want to escape the city and spend a few days on the beach of Las Peñitas.
It’s hot when we arrive in León. León is indeed the city of universities. Lovely to watch student life from a terrace. We enjoyed great views of the city from the roof of the city’s cathedral, beautiful! We also visited the Cerro Negro volcano with Barbaros Tours. A nice ride in the car, then a beautiful hike with the board under your arm and then the short, but super cool ride on the sandboard.
For our family, this was a great adventure. We were accompanied by a young, English speaking guide and a very involved driver. He said that in the afternoon the revolution would be recreated in the centre of town. We went to see this spectacle and it was a very special experience with lots of fireworks and memorial parties. We learned during a visit to a house where 3 coffins were standing with pictures of Che Guevarra, Sandino and Fonseca that these freedom fighters still play an important role in the life of the Nicaraguans.
Leon is a beautiful, but also very hot city. We toured the centre in the early morning with a guide. Very nice to experience the rich history of the city. Afterwards we found a terrace on the main square (near the cathedral) where had a cool drink, delicious!
I really enjoyed my climb of the Telica volcano. Once you are near the top you’ll enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding areas and the sunset I found very special. Really a must-see! The tour starts in the afternoon, which is great, because then it is not so hot anymore.