One of Leon’s most exciting things is how separate it is from tourism and commercial life. Leon gives you the opportunity to really get in touch in “Nica Culture,” which in cities like Granada is much tougher to do. There is no better place to improve yout spanish, practice salsa or just visit the local markets. Make sure you stop at the Central Market where anything from a ripe papaya or dragonfruit is gathered into a sac of tasty chips. Bring your food and have a peek at Parque Central for first-class people. The square is always busy with street musicians and boasts a fantastic view of the famous Cathedral.