Strolling through Valencia, aimlessly, admiring every corner and marveling at the Valencian atmosphere, is one of the best experiences you can have in this city. Its streets and squares have a special charm that you must discover.
Here we are going to talk about the main squares of Valencia that you should visit and admire with the most important points of interest of each one and their characteristics.
There are many more squares in Valencia that we invite you to discover for yourself. For now, enjoy these.
The main squares to see in Valencia
Town Hall Square
The Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Valencia is one of the places with the most atmosphere and most emblematic of the city. A place to get lost, rest and enjoy. Important commercial outlets also start from there and it is the heart of Valencia.
In the square we find the Town Hall, as its name suggests, which presides over the square, the central point of the Fallas, with its mascletá, and of the main events in the city. In the square we also find the Post Office Building, in an eclectic style, of great beauty and surprising.
In the Plaza del Ayuntamiento we also find a beautiful light fountain and several eclectic buildings, many of them offices.
A short distance from the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, unique for a shopping street and also full of restaurants, is the Plaza de la Reina, the other large square in the center of the city and the main point of interest in the Old Town.
In this bustling and crowded square we find the Cathedral of Valencia and its famous Micalet, the great symbol tower of the city and which you must climb to have beautiful views of the square. At the other end we have the Church of Santa Catalina Mártir, which is not exactly in the square but which is accessed from it.
Around the square we find numerous restaurants, some traditional and others more modern, and ice cream parlors where you can taste a good nougat ice cream from Xixona or the famous Valencian horchata.
Very close to the Cathedral, surrounding the building, we arrive at the Plaza de la Vírgen, another of the most beautiful squares to visit in Valencia.
In it, in addition to the rear facades of the Cathedral, and some of its doors, is the Basilica of the Virgin of the Forsaken, patron saint of the city and of the entire ancient Kingdom of Valencia. Behind its simple façade we find a truly spectacular baroque-style interior and some altarpieces to frame.
At the other end of the Plaza de la Vírgen we find the Palau de la Generalitat Valenciana. On the north side, the Fuente del Turia, with 8 female figures representing the 8 ditches, is irrigated by the Vega de Valencia.
The Plaza del Mercado is one of the squares in Valencia that houses more art and different architectural styles in its buildings. Without a doubt, one of the best things to see in Valencia.
Its name comes from the Central Market of Valencia, one of those points of interest, in a modernist style, being one of the great jewels of this style. It dates from the beginning of the 20th century and today it continues with frenetic activity.
Opposite is the Lonja de la Seda, in Gothic style. It is a World Heritage Site and one of the main visits to do in Valencia. The Contracting Room is its most outstanding corner.
And lastly we have the Iglesia de los Santos Juanes, in gothic and barrel styles, which is one of the main religious buildings in Valencia.
Other squares in Valencia that you should visit
These are the largest squares and with the most interesting buildings. But throughout the Old Town of Valencia, and also other parts of the city, we have numerous smaller squares that are also worth a visit.
Perhaps the best known is the Plaza Redonda, so called because this is its geometric shape. It is an invisible square because it is completely surrounded by buildings, in a circular way, so you can only admire it once you get inside.
We must also highlight the Plaza del Tossal, near the Lonja de la Seda, which stands out for the atmosphere of its terraces and for being located on the Tossal Gallery, the archaeological remains of ancient Muslim and medieval Valencia.
Near the Plaza de la Virgen, sharing the Palau de la Generalitat with it, is the Plaza de Manises. In addition to this palace we also have the Palau del Marques de Scala and the Palau de la Batlia.