Plaza del Ayuntamiento in Valencia
Plaza del Ayuntamiento (Town Hall Square) in the city of Valencia towers over the fountain and flower filled square of this magical city.
Plaza del Ayuntamiento is the equivalent to Trafalgar Square in London or Times Square in New York. Major festivals and events are always held here and the shining blue clock tower dominates the building and the square where there are lovely fountains and flowers.
The Town Hall is surrounded by restaurants, flower shops and notable landmarks such as the stunning post office.
During the Christmas period the square is transformed into a huge ice skating rink with a Christmas tree and nativity scene.
For New Year you eat twelve grapes on the sound of the chimes at midnight and bring in the New Year with a glass of the local Spanish Cava.
During the festival of Las Fallas there are daily firework displays (Mascleta) at 2.00pm in Plaza del Ayuntamiento. The festival ends with a pyrotechnic orgy of fireworks and the burning of the fallas – known locally as La Crema.
Getting Around in Plaza del Ayuntamiento …
There are many buses and bus stops in the square and taxis are available at taxi ranks or you can hail one down in the street. Xàtiva metro station and Estacion del Norte are just a few minutes walk away (see Transport in Valencia).
Take a stroll down one of many lovely side streets leading off the square and you will find many places to eat.
This is the hub of a very fast and exciting city, so should you get lost, do not despair as the main tourist office is on the square.
Just a few yards away is the beautiful Plaza de la Virgen.
Shopping & Sightseeing!
Shops, departments stores, cafés and restaurants are just a few minutes walk away in C/Colón.
This is one of the most upmarket areas for shopping in Valencia.
Opening Hours : Monday – Friday 10 am – 13.30 pm
Closed Sat, Sun and last Friday of the month
Where to Stay in Valencia ?
Hotels near Plaza del Ayuntamiento …
The 2 star Venecia Hotel overlooks Plaza del Ayuntamiento and comes with free Wi-Fi in all areas, rooms with balconies and flat-screen TVs.
A buffet breakfast is served in the dining room overlooking the square.
The 3 star Hotel Sorolla is located in a pedestrianized area surrounded by cafes, bars and shops and just 50 meters from Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
Free Wi-Fi and a free express breakfast with coffee, tea and biscuits, between 05:00 and 07:00. Rooms are modern and include air conditioning, heating and satellite TV.
The 3 star Catalonia Excelsior Hotel is just a 2 minute walk to the old town and Colón metro station is a 10 minute walk away.
Facilities include bar / lounge, Business Center, Free High Speed Internet, room service and an air-conditioned restaurant and conference room.
The 4 star Ayre Hotel Astoria Palace is a few minutes walk from Plaza del Ayuntamiento and comes with free WiFi, free mineral water and flat-screen satellite TV. The Vinatea Restaurant specialises in Mediterranean cuisine and rice dishes.