Leon

Travel Guide
Martyrs Plaza

Leon today is much more than an industrial city and transportation hub. It’s a lively, historic destination with an exciting arts scene and striking architecture.

Leon is one of the most important cities in the state of Guanajuato, as it is a focal point of the region’s bus routes and a hub for regional industries. Visit the city to experience authentic Mexican life and discover historic churches and sleek, modern neighborhoods.

Amble around the Historic Center of Leon to appreciate the city’s atmosphere. The region was first inhabited by indigenous peoples, including the Toltecs and the Chichimecas, before Spanish settlers founded a city here in 1576. Pause for a break in the formal gardens of the Martyrs Plaza or beneath the columns of the Heroes' Causeway Arch (Triumphal Arch of Leon).

One of the Old Town’s most impressive sights is the Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, a neo-Gothic church in pastel shades of pink and blue. Step inside to see stunning stained-glass windows and explore the vast catacombs beneath the church.

East of the Old Town is a more modern section of Leon that offers art venues and museums. Watch a touring opera company or local ballet in the Bicentennial Theatre. The 21st-century building is distinctive for its geometric design and spacious layout.

Explore the Museum of Art and History, which features spacious galleries dedicated to topics such as Mexican sculpture and regional culture. Visit regularly to see touring exhibitions hosted in the multifaceted venue.

Leon is a main hub for buses in the state of Guanajuato, so reaching the city is simple on public transportation. Board a coach traveling through the country and stop in Leon to experience the unique character of the city. Alternatively, fly to Guanajuato International Airport, which is located 17 miles (28 kilometers) southeast of the city center.

Guanajuato remains mild and dry throughout the whole year. Visit Leon in any season to enjoy its impressive landmarks and stylish arts venues. Many of the attractions in Leon are close to one another, which makes it easy to explore this city on foot.

Where to stay in Leon

Hotel San Francisco Leon
Hotel San Francisco Leon
3 out of 5
Blvd Adolfo Lopez Mateos 2715, Leon, GTO
The price is $18 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
This family-friendly Leon hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Centro Max Shopping Center, Poliforum Leon Convention and Exhibition Center, ...
3.7/5Good! (971 reviews)
"El hotel se encuentra en una ubicación cerca del metro y la central camionera. La comida ofrecida por el restaurante es buena."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Hotel San Francisco Leon
Hyatt Centric Campestre Leon
Hyatt Centric Campestre Leon
3.5 out of 5
Blvd Paseo De Los Insurgentes 3360, Col. San José de las Piletas, Leon, GTO
Fully refundable
The price is $72 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Leon Botanical Garden, Leon Metropolitan Park, and Plaza Mayor. IMSS UMAE Specialty Hospital ...
4.3/5Excellent! (173 reviews)
A most comfortable stay...
"Overall it was the best stay we have had in Leon. The hotel is very impressive and despite the hot water being temporarily out of service until late night, it was the most comfortable experience. Front Desk and Room service were quick and attentive."

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Hyatt Centric Campestre Leon
Hotel Plaza Stadium
Hotel Plaza Stadium
3.5 out of 5
Blvd. Adolfo Lopez Mateos 1702, Leon, GTO
The price is $54 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Art and History of Guanajuato and Leon Stadium. Plaza Piel and Bicentennial ...
4/5Very Good! (970 reviews)
"Good and clean. The breakfast is not good."

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

Hotel Plaza Stadium
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Australia Suites Ejecutivas
Australia Suites Ejecutivas
2.5 out of 5
Blvd. Adolfo Lopez Mateos No.1012 Pte., Esq. Limbo y Australia, Col Obregon, Leon, GTO
The price is $22 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
Situated in Leon, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cathedral of León, Founders Plaza, and Leon Hall. Leon Stadium and Bicentennial Theatre are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (73 reviews)
OK
"The location is quite dicey but the apartment was nice. Reception service could be much better. Not much around the area but the churches are a 15 min walk. I wouldn’t stay here again."

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

Australia Suites Ejecutivas
Amueblados San Isidro
Amueblados San Isidro
3 out of 5
196 Blvd. San Pedro San Isidro, Leon, GTO
Situated in Leon, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Explora Science Center, Poliforum Leon Convention and Exhibition Center, and Leon Stadium. ...
Amueblados San Isidro
Práctico Departamento Céntrico Poliforum León
Práctico Departamento Céntrico Poliforum León
Leon, Guanajuato
The price is $53 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Situated in Leon, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Explora Science Center, Leon Stadium, and Poliforum Leon Convention and Exhibition Center. ...
Práctico Departamento Céntrico Poliforum León
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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