🇬🇧 Please note that the office will not be open on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th due to a local holiday
🇪🇸 Tenga en cuenta que la oficina no estará abierta el lunes 28 y martes 29 debido a un feriado local.
🇫🇷 Veuillez noter que le bureau ne sera pas ouvert les lundi 28 et mardi 29 en raison d'un jour férié local

The regional Valencian government have created a new website where you can find lots of information and data about how to keep safe this summer here in this wonderful part of Spain.

It includes info about beaches (occupancy levels, what safety flag is flying), weather and covid-19 infection rates (not a traditional part of holiday planning, but times are changing!)

It´s very interactive and you can search by different towns for all the info you need.


Please note that during the month of August, our office hours will be slightly reduced as follows:
Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday & Sunday - By appointment only



Descaling guide: see what phase your province is in and what activities are allowed

70% of the Spanish territory will be from next Monday in phase 2


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From next Monday, 70% of the Spanish territory, where some 32 million citizens live, will already be in phase 2 of the plan for the transition to the new normality after the coronavirus crisis, as announced Thursday at a conference of joint press the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, and the director of the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies of the Ministry of Health, Fernando Simón. Specifically, the three Valencian provinces, the Bierzo region (Castilla and Léon), the Andalusian provinces of Malaga and Granada, three health areas of Catalonia and the municipality of Totana (Murcia), which was in phase 1 , move to the second step.  for a regrowth. In addition, they ascend to phase 3the islands of La Graciosa, El Hierro and La Gomera (Canary Islands) and Formentera (Balearic Islands). These are the phases in which each zone and province of Spain are:

Phase map from Monday June 1























Phase 1



Phase 2






Phase 3










El Hierro, La Gomera and La Graciosa go to Phase 3



go to phase 3









La Graciosa





La Gomera


The iron

It will go from phase to function based on markers such as capacity

health, epidemiological situation and mobility and socioeconomic data.

Minimum 2 weeks

Minimum 2 weeks

Minimum 2 weeks


new normal









Preparation for

the de-escalation.

Partial start of

certain activities.

Opening of premises

with limited capacity.

Flexibility of

general mobility.

The measures will be maintained

hygiene and distancing.

Since last Friday, new confinement relaxation measures came into force. In the municipalities with 10,000 inhabitants —almost 90% of the municipalities and where 10% of the population lives—, regardless of the phase in which they are, the time slots for walks and sports activities have been removed, those under the age of 14 years can go out accompanied by more than one adult and open-air markets and the opening of bars and restaurants are authorized. In the Community of Madrid, children can go for a walk from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 17:00 to 21:00 . However, throughout Spain the use of a mask is already mandatory "On public roads, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public, provided that it is not possible to maintain a distance" of two meters.

It is not yet possible to know when all of Spain will reach the "new normal" flame. The Executive had already advanced that there were no specific dates for each phase, although it had advanced that the intention is that the plan should be extended until the end of June, just before the strong summer season begins.

Markers to change phase

These are the indicators that will help the territorial units —provinces or islands— to advance or go back in phase:

  • Strategic capacities of the health system: primary care, situation of hospitals and ICU beds available.
  • Epidemiological situation: diagnoses, rate of infection and other indicators.
  • Compliance with collective protection measures in the workplace, commerce and public transport.
  • Evaluation of mobility and socioeconomic data.


Although no specific dates have been set, there is an approximate calendar. The four phases of the transition to the new normal plan will run until the end of June. A minimum period of two weeks will pass between each phase, which will be extended if the markers indicate so.




Phase 0


Day 4

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Monday 11th

Formentera, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa go to Phase 1

The transition is estimated to last about eight weeks.

Two weeks

if the indicators

they allow it

PHASE 2 - INTERMEDIATE • Walks and physical activity (running, cycling). The bands (from 10:00 to 12:00 and 19:00 to 20:00) are maintained for those over 70 years of age. Maximum 15 people. Children can go out with both parents.


• Social contact. Participants in homes or premises are expanded to 15. Congresses, meetings, business meetings and conferences with a maximum of 50 attendees and two meters away.


• Second residences. Allowed in the same province, island or territorial unit.


• Shops. They can open regardless of their size, capacity of 40%. Preferential hours for over 65 years.


• Street markets. They are allowed outdoors with a third of the stalls.


• Malls. Maximum capacity of 30% in common areas and 40% in each of the establishments. Stay in common areas only for transit. Closed children's areas.


• Restoration. Consumption is allowed in the premises, except nightclubs and nightlife bars, which

still closed. Capacity from 40% to 50%, as decided by the community. It cannot be consumed in the bars and preferably the client must reserve a table. The terraces will continue with a maximum of 50% capacity.


• Schools. Reopening in some communities.



• Tourist accommodation. They will be able to open the public areas to the public, as long as they do not exceed a third of their capacity.

Culture. Cinemas, theaters, auditoriums and the like, with pre-assigned seats and a third of the capacity. Maximum 50 people indoors and 400 outdoors. Exhibition halls and monuments with a third capacity. Reading is allowed inside libraries, with the same capacity limit.


• Concerts. Outdoors, the public must remain seated, keeping the necessary distance and a capacity of one third with a maximum of 400 people.


• Pools and beaches. The recreational pools may reopen, but limiting the capacity to 30%. Beaches with a capacity limit, which is calculated considering that each bather occupies 4 m2.


• Natural parks. Maximum capacity of 20%.


• Sport. Resumption of professional competitions behind closed doors. Anyone can go to sports facilities to exercise always by appointment.



• Places of worship. Attendance will be allowed as long as it does not exceed 50% of its capacity.


• Weddings and other religious celebrations of a social nature. Maximum capacity of 50%, maximum 100 people outdoors and 50 indoors.


• Wakes. Maximum of 25 people outdoors and 15 in closed spaces.





• Walks and physical activity The time slots for all groups disappear although extreme security and hygiene measures are taken with vulnerable groups.


• Shops Open establishments and commercial premises with a capacity of 50%.


• Restoration of outdoor terraces with 75% of their capacity and consumption in bars, provided the safety distance is guaranteed.


• Shopping centers Opening to the public of common areas of shopping centers and parks with a capacity of 40%.


• Flea markets with half the usual stalls.


• Tourism Tourist activities with groups of up to 30 people.


• Libraries and museums 50% capacity.


• Sport Training in non-professional leagues and celebration of sports activities.


• Cinemas, theaters and auditoriums 50% capacity.


• Zoos and aquariums 50% capacity.


• Casinos, arcades and betting shops 50% capacity.


• Free time activities for children and youth outdoors 50% of its capacity with a maximum of 200 participants including monitors. in closed spaces maximum of 80 participants.


• Mobility You can circulate by province, island or territorial unit


• Candles with a maximum of 50 people outdoors, or 25 indoors. Burial or cremation procession maximum of 50 people



• Weddings in outdoor spaces 75% of the capacity and maximum of 150 people outdoors and 75 in closed spaces.


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- Tips for all areas in the home -


  • Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows)
  • Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs
  • Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)
  • Turn all ceiling fans OFF
  • Turn all TVs OFF
  • Turn all computer screens OFF
  • Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light
  • Remove personal photographs (or replace with general landscape/object photographs)
  • Make all beds
  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring
  • Place all shoes/jackets in closets



- Online “curb appeal” and a relaxing oasis -


Online “curb appeal” - the front exterior is usually the first photo buyers see


  • Close garage doors
  • Remove cars from driveway and front of home
  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
  • Remove empty planters
  • Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.





The back yard should be an oasis to relax


  • Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions
  • Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded
  • Clear out kid's toys, balls, frisbees, etc.
  • Clean pool
  • Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose
  • Hide pool cleaning supplies
  • Turn on pool fountains/water features
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Remove trash cans



- Sometimes the focal point, the kitchen deserves attention to detail -


  • Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.
  • Leave out max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker)
  • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.
  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet
  • Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher










- Allow buyers to imagine a nice family meal -


  • Clear table, dust and polish the table top
  • Use decorative place setting if available
  • Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers
  • Straighten all chairs and space them evenly
  • Remove child seats/booster chairs



- The space to enjoy conversation and spend quality time with family -


  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.
  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)
  • Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed
  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows
  • Remove kid's toys



- Rest for you and guests -


A good nights rest recharges the body and mind


  • Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available
  • Press bed linens and bed skirts
  • Clear nightstands of all personal items
  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables
  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers
  • Remove family photos from walls
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos





Don’t forget about guest bedrooms


  • Remove personalized names from walls
  • Remove wall stickers/posters
  • Remove diaper genies
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos



- To be spa-like, the bathroom must be clear of all personal items -


  • Clear countertops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.
  • Put toilet seats down
  • Close closet doors
  • Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs
  • Remove dirty towels - leave out only new, unused towels
  • Remove floor mats



- Pets are loving, but their presence should be minimized -


  • Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet
  • Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet
  • Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair
  • Contain pets in hidden crate or outside
  • Clear back yard of pet waste/toys

Villas Fox offer a professional key-holding service, which gives many clients peace of mind if they are away from their property for long periods of time.  

Rates as follows:

Basic key-holding (keys held securely in our office, loaned to anyone you authorize if collected during normal office hours) 50 euros per year (first year free if property bought with Villas Fox S.L.)
Inspections we will conduct a thorough inspection of the property, inside and out.  We will report our findings to you, and recommend any action required.  Inspections can be as frequently as you require. 25, 35 or 45 euros per inspection if property within 5, 10 or 15 km of our office)


All prices subject to IVA (currently 21%) and charges are payable in advance.




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