Plaza del la Virgin
On the edge of the square is the Valencia Cathedral (Iglesia Catedral-Basílica Metropolitana de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora de Valencia), between Plaza de la Virgin and Plaza de la Reina. Originally a Visgothic cathedral, it became a mosque under the Moors, and Roman Catholic in 1238. Built over the 13th to the 15th centuries, the cathedral contains gothic, romanesque, renaissance, baroque, and neo-classical influences.
Plaza de la Reina
Continuing through the plaza, we wander down the narrow streets and stumble on the Central Market, one of the largest markets in Europe. Meat, fish, vegetables, food to go, food to eat on the spot, they have it all! Products from Valencia orchards and gardens, Mediterranean produce, and local gastronomic delights. All in a beautiful building dating back to 1914. We meander through the market, see what looks good in the stalls and stands, and pick up a snack or two.
Enjoying a small octopus and olive snack
After our wander and snack, we're hungry (something about walking past all that great food) and we head back to Plaza de la Reina for lunch. However, the only open table is on the sidewalk next to a bus stop and the fumes are not so appetizing. Also, the staff is very busy and ignores us, so we get up and walk over to Plaza de la Virgin for sangria and lunch. A quieter setting, friendly and attentive staff, good food and drink. Much better!
Sangria and lunch in Plaza de la Virgin
As we stroll through the streets back to the edge of the old town, we stick our head in shops and almost purchase a paella pan, but somehow sanity strikes and we realize that, if it doesn't fit in our luggage, it might be hard to get home.
We leave the old town, descend back into the Turia riverbed park, and walk the 6 km. (3.7 miles) back to the cruise boat terminal, through the City of Arts and Sciences and then back to the port from El Ponto de l'Assut de l'Or.at the southeastern edge of the park.
It's time to move on to our last adventure in this trip.