Right in the heart of Valencia’s historic district lies the charming Plaza de la Virgen, an old little square that dates back to the Roman times, offering tourists and locals alike a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Bounded by three of Valencia’s most emblematic buildings – the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Basílica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, and the Palace of the Generalitat, Plaza de la Virgen is a perfect spot for eating, drinking, and people watching. It plays host to several cafes and outdoor terraces that serve traditional Valencian fare accompanied by picturesque views of the city’s most renowned landmarks.
One of the square’s main attractions is probably its elaborate fountain, depicting Neptune surrounded by eight naked women. Created by local sculptor Silvestre Edeta, this work of art is actually an allegoric representation of Valencia’s Turia River and its eight irrigation ditches.
At night, the lively Plaza de la Virgen is beautifully lit up, making for a particularly atmospheric backdrop for strolling and chatting.