Which would make a better base for exploring the area. We will have a rental car. We plan on being in the area for four nights. We would like to see Leon, Astorga, Ponferrada and the area around Bierzo. We were thinking of staying in Astorga and taking a bus into Leon for the day in order to avoid driving into and out of Leon for our day trips. If we could stay at the Parador in Leon we would stay there because it looks so beautiful but unfortunately it is closed for renovations.