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Key Info

Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Free, Neighborhood/Area, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

This city square contains the ayuntamiento (town hall). Within the town hall is where you'll find the main tourist office, which offers a variety of tourist information (including ticket sales) in various languages.

Many travelers say the Plaza del Ayuntamiento is a good place to start off any sightseeing, as the square is filled with decadent buildings constructed during Valencia's golden age. In the square's center is a fountain, which is surrounded by fragrant flower stalls. And if you're in a shopping frame of mind, simply turn off one of the square's side streets: Many of the city's best shops line the adjoining streets. Multiple restaurants and cafes are also nearby. The area is free to peruse any time of day.

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