Leon has many squares where visitors can rest and enjoy the sights.
The Plaza Mayor (17th c.) is the centre of the Old Quarter and was designed to hold the market held on Wednesdays and Saturdays and for other events in the city such as bullfights. The simple rustic style of the plaza contrasts with the building called the “Mirador de la Ciudad”, also known as the Old Town Hall. The square continues to be a centre of local nightlife and how has an underground car park.
Leon has many other large squares. The most picturesque of them is the Plaza del Grano, also known as the Plaza del Mercado. Many people regard it as the most beautiful in Leon because of its traditional charm.
The Plaza de Guzmán el Bueno welcomes visitors who arrive in Leon from the train station and sends them on their way to the largest avenue in the city, Ordoño II.
The beautiful pedestrianised street known as the Calle Ancha takes you to the huge open area of the Cathedral (13th c.). This is the Plaza de la Regla, surrounded by beautiful buildings and the starting point of narrow streets that wind through old Leon.
The Plaza de San Marcos gets its name from the Hostal de San Marcos, one of the most important buildings of the Spanish Renaissance. A major construction project has left it free of traffic and created a huge open area full of small fountains and green spaces.
León has a good set of this combination of sculpture, light and water.
Fountains have become a major element of Leonese decoration. Water and night lighting effects give León a different colour by night. León has a good set of this combination of sculpture, light and water.