We will be visiting Valencia on a Sunday and want to see the highlights, but we are concerned about what is open on Sundays there. Would you recommend a Tuk Tuk tour or is there another concise way to see the city? What are the things not to be missed that I should put on our To Do list? Thanks in advance for any recommendations, this is our first time to Spain.
I might be mis-remembering, but there is a big flea market in the old part of the city on Sundays. btw, great restaurant - La Riua.
Although some things may be closed on Sundays, Monday is probably a more frequent day of closure. After all, the local folks like to do things in their free time on weekends.
These are some of the places I had on my sightseeing list for 2019; you can check their websites to verify they are open on Sunday:
Barrio del Carmen: Oldest part of city; creative center. Medieval squares. Stylish boutiques behind Lonja de la Seda.
La Lonja de la Seda, across from Mercado Central: 15C, one of world’s best nonreligious Gothic bldgs. Risque down-spouts. Great carved and gilded ceiling upstairs. UNESCO site. Was open 10:00 till 2:00 on Sundays back in 2019.
Las Torres de Serranos: 14C towers original part of city walls. Open on Sunday in 2019.
City of Arts and Sciences: 10 AM to dusk. Multiple museums; famous for the Calatrava architecture.
Plaza Redonda: Round “square” surrounded by whitewashed houses.
Rusaffa: Neighborhood with Middle Eastern and East Asian influences.
El Cabanyal: Formerly run-down fisherman’s district with Art Nouveau buildings, wrought iron, tiles. Being restored as of 2009.
Fallas Museum, Plaza de Monteolivete 4: One preserved figure from each annual Fallas celebration.
Calle Caballeros: Elegant mansions and restaurants
Cathedral: 13C, Baroque/Romanesque/Gothic; not one of Spain's best but Capilla de Santo Caliz has superb alabaster altarpiece and other treasures. Open daily; mass at 10 AM on Sunday is in Gregorian chant (shouldn't try a tourist visit then).
Palacio Benicarlo, Calle Santa Ana: Striking Gothic building with two arcaded stories. Near cathedral.
Jardines del Turia: park following curving course of diverted river. 10 km. long.
Botanical Gardens, along Calle Beato Gaspar Bono
Real Colegio del Patriarca, Plaza del Patriarca: Renaissance cloister and El Grecos.
Museu de Belles Artes de Valencia: Important 14C (primitive)-20C collection, including Bosch. Was open 10 AM till 8 PM on Sunday in 2019.
Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM): One of Spain’s most respected spaces for contemporary art.
Museo Nacional de Cerámica González Martí, Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas, Carrer del Poeta Querol 2: Stunning 15C mansion heavily restructured 18C and 19C. Original decoration includes alabaster doorway and colored plaster work; ebony and ivory furniture. Upper floor has ceramics from Phoenicians through Picasso. Was open 10 AM to 2 PM on Sundays in 2019.
L’Oceanografic: Largest aquarium in Europe (but smaller than Baltimore’s). Cafe with view of fish.
There´s a frequent misunderstanding on Sundays and activity in Spain. It´s a very busy day for bars, restaurants, museums...and the "aperitivo" time (that takes place all over Spain) is a great moment to enjoy the company of friends and family, gathering inside and outside bars enjoying some light appetizers, beer and wine before lunch. Kids, grandmas and grandpas, relatives, friends of all ages......fill the plazas and streets in every town and city. While many shops will be closed in most of Spain, it really does not matter as towns and cities are very much alive on a Sunday...until lunch time, which as you may know is normally long but much longer on weekends (we may begin lunch at around 3pm and end two hours later...or more). And then, we take it easy on Sunday afternoon and evening, time to relax, for a walk or for a long coffee time.
Thank you all so much for all the great ideas, looks like Sunday is going to be a great time to hit Valencia!