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Valencia opens first ocean pool (where you can watch Jaws while floating on a lilo)

Imagine watching Jaws on the big screen while lying on a lilo floating on the open water.

Valencia opens first ocean pool (where you can watch Jaws while floating on a lilo)
Photo: La Marina de Valencia

That’s what Valencia has planned for its new ocean pool – a designated swimming area set within the marina in a revamp of the Mediterranean city’s waterfront.

The pool – which measures 24 metres by 33 metres and with a depth of eight metres – was opened on Wednesday 12th June.

It is free to enter and will be open to the public between 11.30am and 7.30pm daily until September 12th.

There is also a swimming lane for serious swimmers training for open water challenges. 

 
Created in the heart of the marina, the seawater pool has a large chill out area for sunbathing created using floating platforms covered in astroturf, perfect for those who like a dip in the sea but want to avoid the beach.

A series of fun events are planned for the new space including a film festival at the end of August where viewers can watch ocean themed movies projected onto a giant inflatable screen.

Test your bravery by treading water while watching Steven Spielberg’s classic blockbuster about a killer great white terrorizing a beach community.  Alternatively, for those who don’t have nerves of steel,  settle into a deck chair and watch from the comfort of the shore.

There will also be a “Crazy boats” regatta when wannabe ocean-farers compete in homemade vessels, the more outlandish the better.

The pool is part of a revamped marina area which includes sports facilities and green areas with 200 new trees planted to provide shady areas to relax.

For details of events at the Valencia Marina go to their website HERE.

READ ALSO: Ten incredible natural swimming spots in Spain

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REMINDER: What are the new Covid restrictions in Spain’s Valencia region?

If you live in or are soon visiting Alicante, Valencia or Castellón, these are the new eased restrictions for the coastal region starting on Monday May 24th 2021.

REMINDER: What are the new Covid restrictions in Spain's Valencia region?
Photo: Jose Jordán/AFP

The Comunidad Valenciana’s persistently low infection rate – currently 20 cases per 100,000 people over the past 14 days – has allowed regional authorities to ease coronavirus restrictions, some of the strictest in Spain since the start of the third wave in January.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re living in or visiting the Valencia region soon. 

Curfew

The curfew will remain in place in the region after May 24th but it will start later than previously, at 1am instead of midnight. That means that except for exceptional reasons, nobody can be outdoors from 1am to 6am. 

Valencian regional president Ximo Puig has stressed that if the epidemiological situation remains stable, the curfew – or toque de queda in Spanish – will be lifted as of June 7th.

Bars, cafés and restaurants

From Monday 24th, bars, restaurants and cafés can stay open until 12.30 am, one hour later than the previous closing time.

A capacity of 50 percent is allowed inside the premises and 100 percent on outdoor terraces. 

Sitting at the bar, smoking (including electronic cigarettes or hookahs) and dancing  indoors or outdoors are still prohibited.

Family and social gatherings

A limit of 10 people is established in public spaces both outdoors and indoors, except in the case of people who are living under the same roof. 

Inside homes and other private use spaces, the limit of 10 people also applies and only people from two households can gather.

Beaches and nature

The use of the mask is still mandatory when walking around on beaches, around swimming pools, lakes and other natural spaces.

However, as long as you can keep a distance of 1.5 metres with others, you will be allowed to take off your mask while sunbathing or sitting in one spot at the beach. 

If you’re going for a dip in the sea, you don’t have to wear a mask as it’s incompatible with swimming, whereas if you’re going for a stroll along the shore you do have to keep your mask on. 

Groups at the beach, swimming pool or in nature cannot exceed ten people.

Celebrations and events

The capacity is increased up to 75 percent for activities relating to celebrations, events or gatherings of a sporting, cultural or social nature, as well as for political rallies.

In churches and other places of worship it’s still important to abide by a safe distance of 1.5 metres between gatherers.

In enclosed spaces, a maximum of 3,000 people are allowed, while in open spaces, the limit is set at 4,000 people. 

In both cases, the capacity has to be separated into groups of 1,000 people each.

 In addition, eating and drinking will only be allowed in areas specially enabled for this purpose.

READ ALSO: 

How Spain’s Valencia region achieved one of Europe’s lowest infection rates

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