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Plaza de la Reina
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Plaza de la Reina which includes a square or plaza, a city and château or palace

This busy square marks the center of Valencia’s Old Town. Come here to admire grand architecture, visit a centuries-old café and shop at handicraft markets.

Plaza de la Reina sits in the heart of Valencia’s Old Town. This pretty square is home to historic city architecture, seasonal handicraft markets and a range of cafés and restaurants, most with outdoor seating areas. The square is the unofficial starting point of the city of Valencia.

Upon arriving at the square you can’t help but notice the Valencia Cathedral, which dominates the square’s north side. Founded in the 13th century on the site of a Moorish mosque, the cathedral displays a wonderful mixture of Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque architectural styles. Rent an audio guide and take the self-guided tour to discover art by Francisco Goya and a chalice that many believe to be the Holy Grail. Climb the spiral staircase to the top of the Miguelete bell tower for panoramic views of Valencia’s city center.

On the streets surrounding Plaza de la Reina you’ll find various cafés, bars and restaurants. Take a seat at one of the outdoor terraces and admire the square’s architecture, such as the cathedral and the bell tower of Santa Catalina Church.

Be sure to try a horchata, a traditional local drink made from water, sugar and tigernut. Perhaps the best place to try this drink is at Horchatería de Santa Catalina, on the south side of the square. This café opened in the 1800s and is reputedly the oldest place in Valencia’s city center that serves the drink.

Shoppers will enjoy artisanal markets held at certain times of the year. One example is the Mercado de L’Escuraeta, which takes place in May, with traders selling clay pots, cooking utensils and ceramic items. Visit the square’s tourist information office to find out more about the markets and other events.

Plaza de la Reina is a short walk from major Valencia attractions, such as the Central Market and Plaza de la Virgen. Public buses also stop at the square. If you are driving, there is parking available for a fee in the square’s underground lot.

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Mon Suites Catedral
Mon Suites Catedral
4 out of 5
C/ Tapinería 15-17, Valencia, Valencia
The price is CA $75 per night from May 5 to May 6
Located in Valencia City Centre, this aparthotel is steps from Santa Catalina Church and Tower, Plaza de la Reina, and Valencia Cathedral. Central Market and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (508 reviews)
"Very clean apartment, great location."

Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2020

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One Shot Mercat 09 Hotel
One Shot Mercat 09 Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Calle Músic Peydró, 9, Valencia
The price is CA $94 per night from May 16 to May 17
Located in Valencia City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Olympia, Central Market, and Silk Exchange. Plaza de la Reina and Plaza del Ayuntamiento ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (223 reviews)
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"We were charged an extra €30 to ‘upgrade’ so as to guarantee twin beds! Feels like a scam. The bathroom layout is awful - the toilet, shower and sink are in different rooms! You can see in to the shower when someone else is showering then when you’ve finished and you want to dry off you step directly ..."

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Hi Valencia Boutique
Hi Valencia Boutique
3 out of 5
Plaza Alfonso El Magnánimo, 1 Puerta 2, Valencia, Valencia
The price is CA $55 per night from May 5 to May 6
Located in Valencia City Centre, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Iglesia de Santo Tomás Apóstol y San Felipe Neri and University of Valencia. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (147 reviews)
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"En general muy bien. Buena habitación, silenciosa, cómoda. El único problema fue que en el baño encontramos una cucaracha y la ducha tenía algunas manchas. El acceso es fácil, pero los códigos de acceso los mandan el mismo día por lo que sí o sí hay que tener internet móvil. Está muy bien ..."

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Mon Suites Catedral
Mon Suites Catedral
4 out of 5
C/ Tapinería 15-17, Valencia, Valencia
The price is CA $75 per night from May 5 to May 6
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One Shot Mercat 09 Hotel
One Shot Mercat 09 Hotel
3.5 out of 5
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The price is CA $94 per night from May 16 to May 17
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Hi Valencia Boutique
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3 out of 5
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The price is CA $55 per night from May 5 to May 6
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The Westin Valencia
The Westin Valencia
5 out of 5
Amadeo De Saboya 16, Valencia, Valencia
The price is CA $159 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
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Hotel El Siglo
Hotel El Siglo
3.5 out of 5
Plaza Santa Catalina 11, Valencia
The price is CA $65 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
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Barcelo Valencia Hotel
Barcelo Valencia Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Francia 11, Valencia, Valencia
The price is CA $86 per night from May 17 to May 18
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SH Ingles Boutique Hotel
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4 out of 5
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The price is CA $97 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
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Hostal Antigua Morellana
1 out of 5
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The price is CA $68 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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Vincci Mercat Hotel
Vincci Mercat Hotel
4 out of 5
C/ de la Llanterna, 31, Valencia, Valencia
The price is CA $98 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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