View from the cathedral to El Calvario church in Leon, Nicaragua

LEÓN

León has been the intellectual center of the country since the first University of Nicaragua was opened there in 1813. These days León has several universities and has the hallmarks of a university town: a young and relaxed feeling, a steady tourist flow, and a general interest in cultural activities.

León has a great number of quality restaurants (local fare as well as international), hotels, guesthouses, bed & breakfasts, hostels, bars, and coffee shops (one of the properties offered for sale was home to the very popular Café La Rosita). It has several museums (for art, politics, and history), a municipal theater, movie theaters, large grocery stores, and a busy central market.

Many national and international NGO’s have offices in León, contributing to the town’s international feel. The location is ideal, with beaches close by, and the 'big city' of Managua with its international airport only an hour and half drive away. Visiting other Central American countries from this starting point is certainly easy enough. The borders of Honduras and Costa Rica are only one and two hours’ drive away, respectively.

The town is also rich in colonial architecture with over a dozen colonial churches and an impressive cathedral (the largest and one of the first to be built in Central America), which was just recently named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

For more information about this special city, please view the video presentation below prepared by the Utrecht-León Sister City Foundation and also have a look at our page on Colonial Architecture.

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MORE INFORMATION ON LEÓN

» León on wikipedia
» León on wikitravel

MORE INFORMATION ON NICARAGUA

INTERESTING LINKS

General info about life in Nicaragua for ex-pats: nicaliving.com
Aurora Real Estate, for León and surrounding area: nicaraguarealestateleon.com
Info about Retirement in Nicaragua: cbnicaragua.com/retirement_incentives.php
Pan y Paz, Authentic French Bakery in central León: panypaz.com
La Perla, a higher end hotel in the center: laperlaleon.com
El Nancite Guesthouse, 'Elegance and Tranquility at Affordable Prices': guesthouseelnancite.com
Hostal Casa Ivana, the most affordable option, only a few steps from everything: www.hostalcasaivana.com
Barca de Oro Hotel and Restaurant at nearby Las Peñitas Beach: barcadeoro.com
Tour Company ¡Va Pues!: www.vapues.com