The Plaza Mayor – Main Square, Square of the Grano, Square of the Regla, Square of the Guzmán el Bueno, Square of the San Marcos.
The Plaza Mayor – Main Square (17th century). It is the centre of the old part of the city, and was constructed to house the traditional market that used to take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and also the play activities which took place in the city, such as bullfights. It outstands thanks to its popular image with no academic touch that contrasts with the building called “Mirador de la Ciudad”, known as Old Town Council. Nowadays the main Square still is a meeting point of nightlife, and an underground car park has been constructed.
León also boasts other important squares. The most picturesque one is the Square of the Grano, also known as Market square. Many people believe it is the nicest square of León for its local colour. The Guzmán el Bueno Square gives visitors coming to León from the railway station a hearty welcome, and takes them to the most important avenue of the city, that of Ordoño II.
Leaving behind the beautiful pedestrian way located in the centre of the town known as “calle Ancha” it is possible to reach the incredibly wide courtyard where the 18th century Gothic cathedral stands majestically. It is the Square of the Regla, surrounded by lovely buildings and from where it is possible to gain access to many little winding streets of the old León.
The San Marcos Square. This is the place where the Hostal de San Marcos is located, one of the most important monuments of the Spanish Renaissance. A laborious remodelling transformed it that used to be overcrowded with cars into a beautiful place decorated with little fountains and landscaped areas.