Scouring for my next Lomo Location can be a toughie at times although when I do spot a location that inspires me, I instantly get a hold of my camera and start clicking away. Lucky me, I didn’t even have to go far especially with something like the picture perfect Valencia Square nearby.
If you want to get a feel of what traditional Valencia was like in the past centuries, simply visit Plaza de la Virgen. This place used to be the town’s main square, with Roman origins to the XX century – the time when Plaza de Ayuntamento came into full swing. Make the most of your visit by immersing yourself in the local culture and just relish the beautiful sights. Sit back and relax in a cafe, have a cup of coffee, and just relish the postcard-worthy moment that you are in.
Afterwards, start walking to the several cathedrals that are located in this square.
Basilica de Virgen de Los Desamparados is the second most important religious structure here and one of the first Baroque buildings in Spain. One of its trademarks is its blue tiled dome. It plays host to the statue of “Virgen of the Forsaken” – the patron Saint of Valencia.
The St. Joseph of the Hospital is best known for being the oldest Christian temple in Valencia.
After taking the city from the Moors in 1238 a group of Knights started on the construction of this church. It is operated by the Opus Dei who prefer to perform Mass in Latin.
Personally, I love the Turia Fountain with the nude statues that are always covered with pigeons. By the way, the local government came up with the idea of how to get rid of the pigeons by putting tennis balls in their nests to replace the real eggs. Hmm…good luck guys! Let me know how it goes!:)
Once you’re done with Plaze, go wander around. Look for the narrow house in Plaza Lope de Vega. It may be the narrowest house in all the world – quite amusing actually. My top place to see here is an old Roccobarocco building. It has so many details on its facade that you can just stare at it for hours! I only get distracted when there are dogs passing by and old ladies in faux fur coats. As it never gets too cold in Valencia, people actually wear their fur coats even in +20 weather.
Last advice: Ditch your map and just get lost! This old town isn’t that big anyway, so explore, explore, explore and take lots of pictures!