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“One Europes classic squares”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Plaza de la Virgen

Plaza de la Virgen
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“One Europes classic squares”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

Of course there is nothing as beautiful as an old Spanish square, but this plaza is truly magnificent. The rear section of the cathedral forms a major part of the scene.The turret, the Gothic portal of the Apostles is the place where the water court meets, an ancient tradition that decides on water rights. The cathedral also boasts amazing collanades, that look as if they have been transported from a Roman amphitheatre. The basilica next door is a baroque structure with a blue tiled roof and home to the Virgen de Desamparados, one of the most revered statues in the area. The statue is brought out on various religious events, the most important being Easter. The flower offering is one of the most spectacular and lengthy celebrations and huge quantities of bouquets are presented by traditionally dressed representatives from the various barrios. After hours of flower bearing processions the eventual display is amazing. The other important building here is the castle like structure of the Generalitat, the governing body of the Valencian region. The plaza itself is large and apart from the tourists is usually occupied by an interesting selection of people from tat sellers to gitanos selling heather, the latter being masters of pick pocketing. There is a selection of cafes and a to sit and watch the world go by with a cold beer is, of course, one of life's great pleasures. But don't eat here, unless you like yesterday's microwaved paella. Hunt round the backstreets for some interesting little bistros. This old part of Valencia is a must for visitors and an interesting comparison to the ultra modern architecture of the Turia park, the city of science. Try and find the almost enclosed, circular plaza at opposite end of the front of the cathedral. Although mainly given over to old haberdashers, it will give you an idea of an old trading area and outside of this is one of Spain's oldest horchatarias, enjoy.

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“Nice to visit for an afternoon break.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

Lovely fountain is within the plaza center. Very quiet area and a good place to relax. I'm sure when they do the ceremonies here it is quite lively. Behind the Cathedral and Tower.

Visited February 2013
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Valencia, Spain
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“The most beautiful square in town!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

After having lived for almost two years near this square, I can only say this is the most beautiful one in Valencia. At 20 steps from my frontdoor, I used to take a coffee and some pancakes at one of the many bars around the square.

The views are magnificent with the La Basilica and La Cathédral in front of you! For any of you tourist stopping by this important highlight of the city....don't pay for a big dinner in any of the bars!

Eat some tapas, have some sangria or agua de Valencia and go for olives and some pancakes if you like. Everything is more expensive here and the real lunch or dinner meals, aren't that good in terms of price/quality.

Don't ask for paella at this square! You'll never eat another paella even though there are many places in town where you can eat this delicious dish, the way you should.
Plaza de la Virgen is a place where many events take place and I especially like it when brides and grooms come here, to have their pictures taken.

Valencia is a beautiful city and this square is all about enjoying the outdoor life. I moved to another apartment, simply because of too many events and too many subwoofers:-) Far away from the noise, yet close enough to enjoy daily life in El Carmen, the neighborhood I so very much love!

Visited February 2013
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Varna, Bulgaria
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“A place to see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

The historical center of Valencia is definitely worth seeing. A nice fountain in the middle. And a church worth visiting.

Visited February 2013
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Winterswijk, The Netherlands
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“Great place to hang out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

A huge 'plaza' in the centre of the old town in Valencia where, at least around the time we went there, a lot of people came together to chill and have a few drinks. Perfect get together place for a lazy summer night. Annoying are the immigrants that keep approaching you with their semi-cold beers, but aside from that a very nice spot to spend the evening.

Visited July 2012
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