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Post-Coronavirus - Re-openings

Hotels are re-opening in Andalucia  © Michelle Chaplow
Hotels re-opening in Andalucia

Easing of lockdown

On 28 April the "Plan for the Transition to a new Normality" was revealed: four stages over 8 weeks on a province by province basis, ending when the State of Emergency finishes on 22 June. International travel will restart on 1 July.

Residents of Andalucia can now travel between provinces, as of 8 June. The entre region has moved into Phase 3.

Reopening of major monuments and museums

Monuments and museums are opening to a limited number of visitors, in line with the de-escalation plan, with all due to be reopened by 23 June. However the Museo de Bellas Artes in Seville does not have a reopening date yet, as its last exhibition is still being taken down.

Here we list some significant re-opening dates for monuments, museums and attractions, as well as hotels.

Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo (Sevilla)
The Centre for Andalucian Contemporary Art (CAAC) in Seville was the first of the Andalucia regional government-run museums to reopen its doors to the public during the state of alarm. Patricia del Pozo, Councillor for Culture and Historical Heritage, reopened the centre on 21 May. There are three temporary exhibitions, two of which had been inaugurated on 4 March and were open for only 10 days before the closure. Admission is free; note that the café, lockers, and food and drinks vending machines are closed, and that no printed materials are available.

Museo Picasso Malaga
This museum reopened on 26 May; half-hourly entrance slots must be booked in advance, to ensure adequate distancing can be maintained inside the galleries.

Caminito del Rey footpath (Malaga)
The path reopened on 12 June at weekends only. Tickets are now available online for Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the end of June; it is not yet known when tickets for July will be released. The ticket-only price remains 10€ and the shuttle bus is 3.50€ The number of visitors a day until end of June is limited to 50% of the normal daily capacity, or 550 people. 

Alcázar Real de Sevilla 
This magnificent royal palace reopened on 15 June, with specially adapted measures. Tickets are only be available online, and 250 visitors are allowed in every hour (down from the usual 750); for guided visits, groups must be 20 maximum to ensure adequate social distancing. Visitors' temperatures are taken on entering, and use of masks is obligatory. 

Visitors must follow a marked one-way route, with staff monitoring the flow of people to ensure no room becomes overcrowded. Some areas only allow a limited number of people at one time, such as the Grutesco Gallery in the garden.

Other rooms and area where space is too limited to accommodate visitors with adequate social distancing remain closed, including the Cuarto Real Alto, the upper area chambers which are the monarch's official residence in Seville; the Baños de Maria Padilla; and the Sala de la Justicia next to the Patio del Yeso. 

Visitors can move freely around the main garden, while the patios next to the palace have a more restricted route.

Italica (Seville)
The Roman archaeological site in the town of Santiponce, near Seville, opens on 16 June.

The Alhambra (Granada)
The Moorish palace will reopen to visitors on 17 June at 50% capacity, or 4250 tickets per day. June is a great month to visit.

The Mezquita (Cordoba)
The 10th-century mosque-church is open at 50% capacity, for groups of 20 people maximum at a time. Tickets available online or on the door (free for residents of Cordoba province).  Temporary opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10h-14h, 18h-21h, Sunday and holidays 16h-21h.

Seville Cathedral
The largest Gothic cathedral in the world reopens on 1 July, with guided tours only - "magna" (the main masterpieces) and the rooftop (with amazing views of the stained-glass windows, both inside and out), in two day and two night slots. From mid-July, normal visits will resume. 

 

Hotel re-openings

1 June 2020
Hotel Miramar, Malaga City

25 June 2020
Parador Hotels group including Mojacar, Arcos de la Frontera, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Ayamonte, Mazagón, Úbeda, Cazola, Jaén, Antequera, Nerja, Malaga, Ronda, Carmona. 

2 July 2020
Marbella Club Hotel, Marbella

Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville

3 July 2020
Fuerte Hotels: group including Hotel Fuerte Marbella, Hotel Fuerte Conil-Resort, Hotel Fuerte Grazalema, Hotel Fuerte El Rompido.

Shopping Centres

Shopping Centres were permitted to open in Phase Two of the de-escalation plan. El Corte Inglés opened its flagship store in Puerto Banus Marbella on 1 June.

Golf Courses

The great majority of golf courses in Andalucia are now open. Special measures, social distancing and wearing of face masks is required.

Events

Granada Festival of Music and Dance
The 69th edition of the Granada Festival of Music and Dance is planned to go ahead from 25 June to 26 July 2020.

A new element of this edition will be the 'Digital Granada Festival' from 28 June to 8 July. Six concerts will take place in various locations around the city, including the Alhambra and Generalife. The performances will start at 10pm, and will be streamed live on the festival website as well as being shown on national and international television.

The artists who will be performing live to a worldwide audience are: guitarists Pepe Romero, and Cañizares; flamenco singer Rocío Márquez with guitarist Miguel Ángel Cortés; pianist Javier Perianes; violinist and director Jordi Savall; and violinist Fabio Biondi.

The locations will include the Patio de los Arrayanes (Myrtles) and the Portico del Palacio del Portal in the Alhambra; the Patio de la Acequia in the Generalife Gardens; and the Casa del Chapiz of the Palacio de Dar al-Bayda.