What to see in Leon
One of the most popular meeting points in Leon is its splendid and beautiful Main Square, located in the Wet Neighbourhood in the centre of its old town. It is surrounded by heritage monuments of significant interest and tourist interest, such as the cathedral and the Town Hall, as well as countless hotels, restaurants, bars and shops.
The architectural design of the square is unique in that it is not rectangular but trapezoidal. This allowed it to adapt to the topographic characteristics of the land. It occupies a vast area close to 4,000 square meters and is surrounded by lavish arcades formed by arches, all of them built entirely of brick and supported on stone pillars.
Like the vast majority of ancient cities based on Latin urban distribution, Main Square was the cultural, commercial and political centre of Leon from the Middle Ages until well into the 19th century.
Its popular weekend market offers a variety of merchandise, for both residents and visitors, as well as direct access to ancient temples.
Of note is the fact that it is the sixth oldest Main Square in all of Spain. In addition to hosting a market, it once served as a venue for bullfights, a site for public executions and the official setting for the Elizabethan Court celebrations.
Currently, Main Square is one of the city's biggest tourist attractions. The city's main festivities are celebrated there, including its lavish Carnivals and Holy Week processions.