León is a larger city that lies to the northwest of Managua in the department of León, close to the Pacific coast. The present location is not the original location of the city, which lies east and was destroyed by Momotombo volcano.
León is famous for its many, many churches and colonial era architecture. It is also a university city and many students come from the provinces to study. Although, the city is the second largest in Nicaragua, the population today is less than it was in the 1950s-1960s.