In many European towns and through Mexico and hot climates countries, the centre of town can be found at the town's fountain.
Often the first and only place to gather water, all things spiral out from this spot.
The old town squares were built up around these fountains and wells.
(images: Prague, Heraklion-Crete, Paris-France)
There is often lore attached to these.....for example in Prague, King Wenceles had several attempts on his life around wells and windows, it is now the custom to not go too near or to touch the wells, and never lean out open windows. :)
( images:Heraklion-Crete , Oviedo-Spain )
Not enough guide books comment on this and I had to learn this as I went so....
tuck this away....find that fountain or well, and have a good look around then freely wander and get lost in those side alleys that are so alluring, safe in the knowledge that you can find your way.
A word of warning though...don't get too close or you just may end up ummm...