Plaza de la Virgen in Valencia
Plaza de la Virgen is one of the most characteristic places of the city of Valencia. It is a pedestrian square, irregular shape, literally nestled in the heart of the historic center of the city and near to some splendid buildings such as the Basilica of Our Lady of the Forsaken, the Palace of the Generalitat, and most importantly, the Cathedral of Santa Mary. Another distinctive feature of the Plaza de la Virgen are plenty of bars with outdoor seating, ideal meeting point to stop in for a drink with friends and enjoy a privileged view of downtown Valencia. At the center of the square is a fountain where stands a male statue, which represents the Turia River, surrounded by other smaller female statues and the irrigation canals of the river itself. Plaza de la Virgen is also the hub of some of the most important events in the city. Here, for example, on the second Sunday of May there is a procession carrying the statue of Our Lady of the Basilica de la Virgen inside the Cathedral. Always here, during the celebrations of Las Fallas in March, many people gather to offer a gift to Our Lady branches and flower arrangements.