Competitive Factors and Resources
Owing to its advantageous geographical location, León is characterised by open green spaces on the one hand and mountains on the other, providing a contrast which is unique.
Particularly outstanding are
- The Picos de Europa National Park
- Las Médulas
León is also the territory with the highest concentration of biosphere reserves in the world, seven being located in the province.
Up to 11% of its local GDP comes from energy (thermal, wind and hydroelectric). Its outlying plateau region provides possibilities for large-scale future investment in renewable energy sources.
Our province enjoys an extensive logistic network. Located in the northwestern part of Spain, León is directly linked to Madrid (by motorway and high-speed railway) and Barcelona (by air).
Its more important communication links are:
The airport, located in the suburbs of the city, has direct connections to Barcelona and other important Spanish cities.
León is well communicated through short, middle and long distance rail links. In addition, the high-speed railway network (AVE) allows journey times from and to Madrid of less than 2 hours.
By car, León is accessible by motorway and main roads from the north, south, east and west.
A wide infrastructure of industrial land and coworking centres is availble:
León Technology Park
Managed by Agency of Innovation, Business Financing and Internationalisation of the Junta de Castilla y León.
- León Industrial Park
The main industrial park in the city of León, tts greatest part is occupied by companies in the logistics and transportation industry.
- Vilecha Oeste Industrial Park
A privately-owned industrial park, principally hosting companies from the biopharmaceutical sector.
- Navatejera Industrial Park
Companies from the biopharmaceutical and industrial machinery sectors.
- Trobajo del Camino Industrial Park
Service sector enterprises.
- El Jano Industrial Park
- Villadangos del Páramo Industrial Park
Publicly owned and managed by the Agency of Innovation, Business Financing and Internationalisation of the Junta de Castilla y León, accommodating important logistical centres.
Public street lighting, drinking water supplies, roads and accesses, fire hydrant networks, sewer networks, and other infrastructures such as natural gas, low and medium voltage electricity supply, irrigation and sanitation.
Telephone networks, optical fibre and ADSL.
Waste removal, security and video surveillance, cafeterias, parking and public transport access.
León Technology Park
Available on demand conference hall, classrooms, meeting rooms and boardrooms.
León Industrial Park
Trobajo del Camino Industrial Park and El Jano Industrial Park
- León Oeste Business Incubator
- CEBT Business Incubator (only for technology-based companies)
- Via Factum Coworking Space
- La Colaborativa Coworking Space
- Coworking in León
- Independencia Business Center
- Chamber of Commerce Business Center
- PTL (Technology Park) Business Center and Coworing Space
The Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute (INCIBE)
A flagship institution for the development of cybersecurity and digital trust for citizens, academic and research networks, professionals, businesses, and especially for strategic sectors.
Castilla y León Supercomputing Centre
Supports the improvement of R&D projects for the university, research centres, and companies in Castilla y León.
La totalidad de las infraestructuras industriales de León cuentan con fibra óptica o ADSL, Conectividad uno de los factores de industrialización que ofrece el Área metropolitana de León.
Se llevan a cabo multitud de acciones para la promoción e inclusión de herramientas TIC en el ámbito empresarial. Todas las empresas leonesas tienen acceso a este tipo de acciones que en muchos casos financian parte de la adquisición de nuevos equipos o el desarrollo de herramientas web y aplicaciones para optimizar su conectividad.
The most competitive industries are bolstered by the provision of Higher Education, providing companies with specialised talent. The University of León (founded in 1979) offers a range of degrees related to human and animal health, to engineering, law, economics, etc., degrees linked to the most important economic sectors in the territory.
The León metropolitan area is safe, comfortable, affordable and well-communicated; in summary, a very attractive city to work and live in.
Besides hosting some of the most spectacular monuments in Spain (the Cathedral of Santa María, San Isidoro Collegiate Church, Convento de San Marcos), León enjoys a range of cultural life to suit every kind of public, from the cutting edge contemporary art of the MUSAC gallery to the shows and concerts held in its Auditorium, from activities for children and families to particular initiatives from collectives of writers, designers, musicians, publishers, etc.
León is also Craddle of Parliamentarism (recognised by UNESCO in 2013) as in the year 1188 King Alfonso IX of León summoned the “Three Establishments” (Clergy, Nobility and representatives of common people) to the Curia Regis for the first time in history, recognizing to these establisments pre-democratic rights.
The mobility offered by a flat city; respect for the environment, with low levels of pollution; the nearness of natural surroundings; and the development of the riverbanks of the Torío and Bernesga; all of this together forms an exceptional setting.
León also boasts a deep-rooted leisure culture founded on the exquisite gastronomy of the city, including bars and restaurants in its charming old neighbourhoods, with a lively night-time atmosphere thanks to the many tourists, and pilgrims following the St. James’ Way.