The walled city of Leon is the capital of the province of Leon and one of the towns on the Pilgrimage Route of St James. The city was founded by the Romans and was given the name Legio VII - from which it took its current name. Leon has some fabulous architectural highlights, including the impressive Gothic Leon Cathedral, which has particularly beautiful stained-glass windows.
The Hostel San Marcos is one of the crown jewels of the city. It was built to offer refuge to pilgrims on the Santiago Way. Over time it was converted into a monastery and then a prison. It became an army barracks during the Spanish Civil War and today operates as both a hotel and archaeological museum.