New Covid-19 regulations were put in place yesterday in Valencia to limit social interactions further and prevent the spread of the virus. These rules are in effect until (at least) February 15th and are active for the whole Valencia region.
- Big city lockdown across weekends – Cities in the Valencia region with more than 50,000 residents, Valencia city of course being one of them, will be confined to their perimeters across weekends. Besides work reasons and other special cases, no-one is allowed to leave or enter such major cities after 3:00pm on Friday and not before 6:00am on Monday.
- Limited social gatherings – Social gatherings of any kind are limited to a maximum of 2 people if not from the same household. More people can meet if they are co-habitants. No social visits of any kind are permitted in the home.
These tight restrictions sound alarming but the local government is using all tools possible right now to control the latest surges from the third wave, and to avoid another lockdown. The fact that we are not under lockdown means we can still get out and enjoy the city! There are some great outdoor areas in Valencia to explore and here are our best recommendations.
Jardines del Turia
Let’s start with ‘the lung of Valencia’, named for its size and plethora of daily exercisers. It’s about 7km long and divided into different areas, crossing the entire city which makes it accessible for almost everyone. It’s actually based in the old Turia riverbed, which was dried out after an overflow many years ago. It links the Parque de Cabecera with Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (two more awesome locations to visit). The Turia gardens are absolutely one of the best outdoor spaces you can find to run, walk, bike, exercise, and just relax in the city. To abide by current Covid-19 rules, you must not be in the park after 9:30pm.
Jardines del Real
Also known as Jardines de Viveros, it’s one of the most beautiful parks in Valencia city. Home to several kinds of trees and plants, you’ll also get to see the remains of old palaces and sculptures, a lake, and even an area with turkeys inside! It’s a great spot to take some unique photos! It can be found next to the Turia gardens on Carrer de Cavanilles and very close to Facultats metro station. Open from 8:00am to 8:30pm.
Parque de Cabecera
There are no fences making it a 24-hour park at the west point of the city. It’s where the Jardines de Turia actually begin. It boasts a lake, various rivers, waterfalls, fields, forests, walking trails, all kinds of plants and flora, and a hill with a great lookout point! It’s the biggest park in Valencia and home to lots of wildlife like swans, ducks, turtles, and fish that you may run into. Of course, respecting the rules you must leave before 9:30pm.
Valencians have been waiting for the opening of this park for more than 30 years since it was first proposed! Only 40% of the park has been built so far, with 12 hectares left to build after old railways from Estación del Norte are buried. You’ll find over a thousand trees, a large fountain, artificial streams running through the park, and modern designs. Located on Camí Vell de Malilla, the Valencia Central Park is open from 8:00 am to 8:30pm.
Visit these awesome outdoor locations in the sun and let us know what you think! More cool places to visit and see will be posted to our Euroace Blog each week.