Located in the heart of the city, it has been a popular destination for both locals and visitors alike since its construction in 1381. The square was originally built as part of King Jaime I’s plan to create a defensive wall around Valencia. It served as an important gateway into the city during medieval times and remains an important landmark today.
The square is named after Almoina, which was once a Roman temple dedicated to Hercules Magusanus that stood at this site until its destruction by Arab forces in 713 AD. During this period, Almoina Square was used as a public market where merchants from all over Europe came to trade their goods. In later centuries, it became known for its vibrant nightlife, with many bars and restaurants setting up shop here throughout the years.
Today, Almoina Square still retains much of its original charm, while also serving as an important hub for cultural activities such as concerts and festivals throughout the year. Visitors can find plenty of things to do here, including admiring some stunning architecture like La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) or taking a stroll through El Carmen district’s narrow streets lined with colourful buildings that date back hundreds of years ago. There are also several monuments located within the square such as El Valencianito statue which honors local author Vicente Blasco Ibáñez or La Fuente de los Leones (Fountain of Lions) which depicts four lions sculpted out of marble symbolizing strength and courage among other virtues held dear by Valencians throughout history.