Plaza de la Virgen | Valencia, Spain

Plaza de la Virgen is a stunning square in the heart of Valencia’s old town. It is one of the most beautiful and historic squares in Spain, dating back to the Roman era. The square has many significant landmarks, including the Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, the Cathedral of Valencia, and the Palace of the Generalitat.

It’s a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, with many outdoor cafes and restaurants surrounding the square. The atmosphere is always lively, and something is usually going on, whether it’s a street performer or a religious procession. Plaza de la Virgen is a must-see when visiting Valencia.

As mentioned before, the Plaza de la Virgen is also a traditional gathering place in the centre of Valencia. Since we arrived pretty late in Valencia, we explored the city without anything particular on our mind and only armed with a small map. A rather tricky task, as it turned out – we quickly lost our way in the narrow, winding streets. But since we scheduled only this one evening to see Valencia’s centre (the second was reserved for the Science City), we did not give up so quickly.

I didn’t take my camera with me but was constantly looking for exciting possibilities for the following day. When we reached the Plaza de la Virgen, I knew where I wanted to be for the dawn. In the evening, this photo would not have been possible as it is a lively and bustling old town square with people eating, talking and drinking everywhere. It felt like every 2 minutes we were offered to buy a beer.

I memorized the way and went early in the morning toward the central square in the old town of Valencia. Actually, I could follow my nose and was not surprised to encounter many drunken bodies on the Plaza de la Virgen. The cleaning started, people splashed water on the ground to attack the acrid smell of urine, the priest had short talks with the awakening homeless, and not much later, the fuss started all over again.

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus is the mind-blind photographer, using cameras to create visions and memories that otherwise would be lost to him.

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