Home to many tourist attractions, Plaza de la Reina is one of the oldest and busiest plazas in Valencia and the city’s beating heart. It is situated in the beautiful Old Town and marks the Kilometer 0.
Packed with both cars and pedestrians, Plaza de la Reina is not the usual picturesque Spanish square you’re probably expecting to see, but is an excellent base for exploring the city.
Whether you chose to visit the famous Valencia Cathedral, take a tour of the city, wander the lovely streets of Ciutat Vella, or take the bus to any other place in town, Plaza de la Reina is where you must go. It is bounded by the Cathedral and its bell tower – The Miquelet in the north, and Plaza Santa Catalina with its charming Iglesia in the south west.
The center of the plaza plays host to a small patch filled with flowers and benches, where visitors can take a break and watch the world go by.
The square is lined with an excellent selection of cafes, terraces, and restaurants, including one of the oldest (200 years old) and most renowned cafeterias in Valencia (Horchateria de Santa Catalina).
For an authentic experience in Spain’s third largest city, hire a horse-drawn carriage from Plaza de la Reina and explore the old quarter, or climb the 207-stairs tower of the Cathedral for some breathtaking views of the city.