The world is under the spell of the Coronavirus, also Spain. The epicentre of Spain might be in Madrid, but Valencia is getting locked down more and more. In this blog post, I will update you on the current status in Valencia. In the meantime, I keep writing new content for ValenciaCityTrip.com because this will pass (or, like the Spanish say: “Esto también pasará“), but I could not ignore the situation around the Coronavirus of course.
Read the new update about Valencia in Phase 1.
Las Fallas postponed
I launched my new blog ValenciaCityTrip.com with a post about Las Fallas, which I had to update last week because Las Fallas was postponed due to the Coronavirus. The new dates have been announced: Las Fallas will be celebrated from 15-19 July.
Lockdown: restaurants, bars and musea closed
Since 14 March restaurants, bars, musea, theatres, the City of Arts and Sciences, Bioparc, etc. are all closed. The Spanish government declared a state of alarm, which means people are asked to stay at home. Because of that, the streets are empty.
The picture below shows the situation on Saturday 14 March in the afternoon. This situation will at least stay the same until the end of March unless the government decide differently at that time.
Read more about the consequences of the state of alarm on the English website of El País.
Public transport in Valencia
Because of the lockdown, only 50% of public transport (metro and bus) is functioning. When travelling by public transport you have to enter the bus via the back door and you can’t buy a ticket with cash. You only can travel on a bus pass or with the Valencia Tourist Card.
Please check the current situation and travel advice on the website of your national health institute or via the following official websites:
- Tourist website of Valencia (incl. live chat for all your questions)
- Spanish Ministry of Health (Spanish)
- Spanish Secretary of State for Tourism (Spanish)
- Local health department for the province of Valencia (Spanish)