Capital of the Castilla y Leon region, Leon is located in one of the most diverse Provinces in Spain, surrounded by towering mountains, steep cliffs and vast valleys. It benefits from a year round temperate climate and plenty of picturesque rivers and streams making it perfect for providing pastures and crops. The Parador De Leon (originally a hostel to shelter pilgrims, a monastery and a prison) is a stunning piece of architecture with a great history. The city offers impressive sights such as the 12th Century Leon Cathedral, the beautiful Casa de Botine, built by Gaudi, and MUSAC, a modern art gallery holding many famous Spanish works. Explore the best of Leon by rail.