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The historic region of León is located in the North-West of Spain. The city is the most important crossroad in NW Spain and has a metro area of around 225.000 inhabitants. Due to its location, it has been since long populated. Next to the Cantabrian mountains and irrigated by numerous rivers is the main city in the St. James Way before arriving to Santiago de Compostela.
The city was founded by the Romans more than 2.000 years ago to defend the mines in the mountains, but the area was before populated by Celts and Iberians,during the Middle Ages it was the main city in Christian Spain. It had its own Kingdom which controlled a vast territory and somehow it´s been the origin of what we now know as Spain. The main land of the Old kingdom of León is what nowadays are the provinces of León, Zamora and Salamanca, even though some parts of Portugal, Galicia, Asturias, Castille and Extremadura also formed part of it.
In Modern days, the city is a place with lots of cultural life, green areas and historic buildings; the nearby mountains make it even more attractive and within a 45 min. ride you can do winter sports or visit wonderful charming villages. Behind the mountains you´ll find our brother region of Asturias with the wild Cantabrian Sea; to the west, León limits with the beatiful Galicia and to the South-East with the historic and rival region of Castille.
But let´s stop the talk and see by yourself the beauty of my historic home-city.
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You can arrive to León by foot, horse or bike (mainly pilgers) but if you are not one of them you still can come by road, train or by plane in the new terminal. León is one of the main military airports in the country and has a long flying tradition. During the Spanish Civil war the Condor Legion (Hitler´s aid airforce to Franco) settled here. Still a very important military base and since almost twenty years it shares the base with civil flights.
Outside the terminal