León have La Casa de los Botines. It is a modernist building by the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. He designed a modernist building with a Medieval look, which is very unique, with a stylized tower at each end of the building. It was building in just 10 months; this fact caused huge rumors about the fragility of the building. Gaudí, was very angry. He asked for a deep technical report with the aim to finish with the bad reputation of the building.
A mandatory photo in León is taking a picture with the architect of this building. Gaudi is still in León. Just in front of the Casa de los Botines Building, there is a bench with a bronze sculpture; Gaudi lost in thought taking notes.
- Where: Plaza de San Marcelo, León
- Times: Monday to Friday, from 8.30 am to 2 pm
- Free entrance
After two days walking from León, 48 kilometers along the Camino, you will arrive to Astorga. The town also offer 1 of the 3 buildings that Gaudi created outside Cataluña, where he was born. It was an Episcopal palace. Nowadays is a Camino the Santiago museum.
It is a modernist building, with a very strong Gaudi style that was building at the same time of the Sagrada Familia en Barcelona.
Lots of visitor says that is a Fairy dale palace in the middle of the way.
- Where: Plaza de Eduardo Castro, 9-10, 24700 Astorga
- Times: Monday closed. Tuesday to Saturday. 11 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 6 pm. Sundays morning. 11 am to 2 pm
- Price: 2,5 Euros
Also in your Astorga day, you may visit the first Chocolate museum of Spain. Learning about how artisan chocolate was made in Spain long time ago.
The third creation from Gaudi along the Camino is located in the North Way in the small town of Comillas, close to Santander. It is the House of El Capricho, a small palace with ceramic decoration and where the sunflowers were the inspiration for the architect.
- Where: Barrio Sobrellano, s/n, Comillas, Cantabria
- Private building. Only outside visits.