León

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 León

Hotel San Francisco Leon
Hotel San Francisco Leon
3 out of 5
Blvd Adolfo Lopez Mateos 2715, León, GTO, 37510
The price is $20 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
$20
per night
Feb 8 - Feb 9
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly hotel in León. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,037 reviews)
"Awesome location! Close to all the shopping centers (shoes & purses-gallore!). Excellent price. Only bad thing is the parking. Have to walk about a block to park and get to the hotel. Dont park under the trees-xar will be covered in bird poop come morning"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2023

Hotel San Francisco Leon
Courtyard by Marriott Leon at the Poliforum
Courtyard by Marriott Leon at the Poliforum
3.5 out of 5
Boulevard Francisco Villa No 102, León, GTO, 37510
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $67 per night from Feb 10 to Feb 11
$67
per night
Feb 10 - Feb 11
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in León. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (579 reviews)
"Wish breakfast was included."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Courtyard by Marriott Leon at the Poliforum
City Plus León Centro de Convenciones
City Plus León Centro de Convenciones
3 out of 5
Blvd. Adolfo Lopez Mateos 2003, Colonia Bugambilias, León, GTO, 37270
The price is $54 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
$54
per night
Feb 12 - Feb 13
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in León. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (365 reviews)
"My family had a wonderful experience!"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

City Plus León Centro de Convenciones
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, León, GTO, 37320
Stay at this aparthotel in León. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (93 reviews)
"Todo esta muy bien en este lugar."

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2022

Australia Suites Ejecutivas
Casona Luciernaga
Casona Luciernaga
2.5 out of 5
Calle Ignacio Altamirano, 107, Leon Centro, Colonia San Juan de Dios, León, GTO, 37000
Stay at this vacation home in León. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions Manuel Doblado Theater and Main square are located nearby. ...
3.1/5 (9 reviews)
"Centrally located in good neighnourhood--quiet I arrived very late for one night only and had to leave very early"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2019

Casona Luciernaga
Práctico Departamento Céntrico Poliforum León
Práctico Departamento Céntrico Poliforum León
León, Gto.
Stay at this vacation home in León. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and an onsite playground. Popular attractions Explora Science Center and Distrito León MX are ...
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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