Boasting the largest cathedral in Central America; Leon is regarded as being the intellectual core of Nicaragua and hosts a thriving population. Excellent galleries, museums and restaurants can be enjoyed too.
Founded by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in 1524, this former capital was devastated by a series of earthquakes and in the 17th Century and a catastrophic volcanic eruption. Located on the shores of Lake Managua, Leon’s history is evident. Long rivalled by the grandeur of Granada, what Leon may lack in splendour, it certainly compensates in vitality and heritage.