Plaza de la Virgen#7 in Best Things To Do in Valencia
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Adjacent to the Valencia Cathedral, the Plaza de la Virgen is an ideal spot to appreciate some of the city's architecture – and to people-watch. Many shops and restaurants surround the square, which frequently sees a variety of street performers.
The popular plaza is, of course, always open, and some visitors find it especially attractive at night. More information about the plaza and its fountain and monuments is available at the city's website.
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#1 Turia Gardens (Jardi del Turia)
The Jardí del Túria (or the Garden of the Turia) might seem odd to newcomers, seeing as how it boasts more than a dozen bridges built to span a river that's no longer there. One of the country's largest urban parks, Jardí del Túria was built after a fatal 1957 flood of the Turia river, which was then diverted over the course of the mid-to-late 1960s. Today, the gardens shelter orange and palm trees and rose bushes among the wide variety of flora. The park's facilities also include cafes, football (i.e., soccer) fields, children's play areas, rugby pitches, fountains, baseball diamonds, running tracks, skate parks and miniature golf courses. Predictably, the park is especially popular with runners and cyclists. It is also ideal for families with children.
The green space is highly appreciated by recent visitors for the range of activities on offer as well as the peaceful atmosphere.
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