Visit Valencia launches new Mood On campaign

The port city of Valencia will be able to host tourists very soon, as Spains borders for third countries will reopen on July 1.

People travelling to Valencia after June 21, will not be required to stay in quarantine for 14 days, and they will be able to move freely across the whole city. All public places will reopen with minimum or reduced capacities, with discos and night clubs allowing 25% occupancy; shops, marketplaces and museums allowing 40%-50% and cinemas and music halls, and places of worship intend to operate with 75% occupancy. Ryanair will start operating flights to Valencia from London Stansted, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Manchester, Bristol and Dublin airports, from July 1.

The tourism board has launched a social media campaign to accelerate tourist activities in the city. The campaign, called Mood On, intends to draw tourists to the city by reminding visitors of the many attractions, such as food, the beach, art and culture or the simple pleasure of observing life going by.

Sunny side up!

Beaches in Valencia welcome you with open arms, as the hygiene measures and monitoring of the 19km beach has been intensified, with staff hired especially to maintain the recommended social distance between each beach goer, which happens to be, two metres between hammocks, four metres between parasols and six metres away from the shore. The city beaches will also have separate entrances and exits, with frequent disinfection of shower rooms and foot baths.

History of time, past and present

Most of the museums in Valencia are reopening with advanced health and security measures. The connoisseur of art can delight in the works of Sorolla and his contemporaries at the Museo de Bellas Artes, or appreciate the work of urban artiste Escif at the Centre del Carme. There are plenty of options, when it comes to art and culture in Valencia. The Museum of Modern Art or the IVAM, is reopening with the exhibition of Jorge Peris, who has created works built entirely out of furniture, that dates back to the 19th century. Some of them have also announced free entry this year, such as The Museum of Modern Art, (the IVAM), the Valencia Museum of the Enlightenment and Modernity, (the MUVIM), the Casa-Museo Benlliure, the Casa-Museo Vicente Blasco Ib??ez, the Museo de la Almoina, the Museo de Ciencias Naturales, the Museo de la Ciudad, the Museo del Arroz, the Museo de Historia de Val?ncia and the Palacio de Cervell?.

Epicurean delights

Chef Bego?a Rodrigo has announced that her one-star gastronomic restaurant, La Salita, situated in a small palace in the Ruzafa district, will reopen soon. It will share the space with another new project, El Huerto, with a kitchen focused entirely on vegetables.

In addition, Farcit will open in the former headquarters of La Salita, serving good quality fast food like sandwiches, as well as wine and beer. Ricard Camarena is adding a new space in his restaurant at the Bombas Gens Art Centre; a place that will offer a a new open air dining experience.

An active holiday

The Plaza del Ayuntamiento is opened up to walkers and cyclists, as the port city adds 12,000sqm of traffic-free space to the pedestrian area. One of the most emblematic places in Valencia has got new street furniture and some Mediterranean vegetation, from across 30 different plant species. There will be new playgrounds, shaded furniture shading elements and new paving for an upgraded urban experience.

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