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Plaza de la Reina

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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Vincci Mercat Hotel CA $113
Vincci Mercat Hotel

Vincci Mercat Hotel

C/ de la Llanterna, 31, Valencia, Valencia
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Valencia City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Teatro Olympia and Central Market. Silk Exchange and Plaza del Ayuntamiento are also within 5 minutes. Angel Guimera Station is 8 minutes by foot and Xativa Station is 9 minutes.

    One Shot Palacio Reina Victoria 04 Hotel CA $96
    One Shot Palacio Reina Victoria 04 Hotel

    One Shot Palacio Reina Victoria 04 Hotel

    Calle Barcas 4, Valencia, Valencia
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Valencia City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Teatro Rialto Filmoteca and Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Plaza de la Reina and Central Market are also within 10 minutes. Xativa Station is 6 minutes by foot and Colon Station is 6 minutes.

      Valenciaflats Mercado Central CA $103
      Valenciaflats Mercado Central

      Valenciaflats Mercado Central

      Plaza Doctor Collado, Valencia, Valencia
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Valencia City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia, Central Market and Plaza de la Reina. Silk Exchange and Valencia Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Colon Station is 11 minutes by foot and Xativa Station is 11 minutes.

        Catalonia Excelsior Hotel CA $86
        Catalonia Excelsior Hotel

        Catalonia Excelsior Hotel

        Carrer de la Barcelonina, 5, Valencia, Valencia
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Valencia City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Teatro Rialto Filmoteca and Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Plaza de la Reina and University of Valencia are also within 5 minutes. Colon Station is 6 minutes by foot and Xativa Station is 7 minutes.

          Hotel Palacio Vallier CA $236
          Hotel Palacio Vallier

          Hotel Palacio Vallier

          Plaza de Manises, Valencia
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Valencia City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Plaza de Manises, Plaza de la Virgen and Valencia Cathedral. Plaza de la Reina and Central Market are also within 10 minutes. Colon Station is 14 minutes by foot and Valencia North Station is 14 minutes.

            NH Valencia Center CA $119
            NH Valencia Center

            NH Valencia Center

            Ricardo Mico, 1, Valencia, Valencia
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Valencia City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Turia Gardens, Central Market and Plaza de la Reina. Silk Exchange and Plaza de la Virgen are also within 1 mile (2 km). Turia Station is 6 minutes by foot and Campanar-La Fe Station is 13 minutes.

              SH Ingles Boutique Hotel CA $109
              SH Ingles Boutique Hotel

              SH Ingles Boutique Hotel

              C/ Marques De Dos Aguas 6, Valencia, Valencia
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Valencia City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palace of the Marques de Dos Aguas, Central Market and Cervero Palace. Serranos Towers is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away. Colon Station is 6 minutes by foot and Xativa Station is 10 minutes.

                Hotel Helen Berger CA $98
                Hotel Helen Berger

                Hotel Helen Berger

                Carrer de les Comèdies 22 - 24, Valencia, Valencia
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Valencia City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Valencia, Plaza de la Reina and Central Market. Plaza del Ayuntamiento and Valencia Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Colon Station is only a 4-minute walk and Alameda Station is 9 minutes.