Private hostel (48, 10€, March to November) Santo Tomás de Canterbury on Avenida La Lastrathe, left off the Camino shortly after entering the city, signposted. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Café / restaurant. Modern facilities. Also private rooms. Website alberguesantotomas.com Tel 987 392 626 Open 10:00 Book here!
Private hostel (40, 10€) Albergue Check In, on the Camino before the city centre, on Avenida Alcalde Miguel Castaño. Laundry facilities, microwaves. Spacious and modern. Website checkinleon.es Tel 686 956 896 Open 10:00 Book here!
Private hostel (146, 10€) Albergue Ademar / San Francisco de Asís on Avenida Alcalde Miguel Castaños, at Plaza Santa Ana follow Avenida Castaño rather than the Camino. It's on the left after 300m. Laundry facilities (free). In a slightly grim student halls of residence. Tel 987 215 060 Open 08:30
Convent hostel (132, 6€ with breakfast) Albergue del Monasterio de las Benedictinas / la Carbajalas, turn right 100m after passing the city wall on to Called Escurial, on Plaza Santa Maria. Laundry facilities. Mass and pilgrim blessing. The original pilgrim hostel in León. Website www.alberguesleon.com Tel 680 649 289 Open 11:00
Private hostel (65, 12€, March to October) Albergue Muralla Leonesa, from Las Benedictinas continue straight then turn right into Calle los Castañones, on Calle Tarifa. Laundry facilities. Website alberguemurallaleonesa.com Tel 987 177 873 Open 12:00 Book here!
Private hostel (20, 20€) Hostel Río Cea, turn left where the Camino turns right on to Calle Ancha, it's on the square on the left before the roundabout, Plaza de Santo Domingo. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Breakfast. Also private rooms. Tel 636 946 294 Book here!
Private hostel (20, 18€) Albergue León, on Calle Ancha on the Camino just after Café Valor, 1st floor. Kitchen. Tel 987 079 907 Book here!
Private hostel (86, 10€, July to August) Albergue Unamuno, on Calle San Pelayo. Student halls of residence. Laundry facilities. Restaurant. No curfew. Recently renovated. Website www.residenciaunamuno.com Tel 987 233 010
León is a major city with all facilities to be found along the path of the Camino. The Camino is waymarked by yellow arrows and metal shells set into the ground. It continues in the same direction until an abrupt right turn on to Calle Ancha which brings you up to the cathedral. From here it zigzags past the city's major sites until it leaves the city centre over the footbridge beside Hostal de San Marcos. Tourist Information opposite the entrance to the cathedral. Supermarkets, Mercadona and Dia on the Camino on the way into town, in the centre Carrefour on Calle Ancha. 24h Pharmacy and internet café on Avenida Ordoño II, left where the Camino turns right on Calle Ancha. Fiestas the patron saints of León are San Juan and San Pedro whose festival takes places at the end of June with street theatre and the usual mayhem, La Palomera 16 July, San Froilán 4 October with a medieval street festival with costumes, music, food, donkeys, camels, owls, everything medieval basically.
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