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Things to do when you’re in lockdown on the Costa Blanca

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We are quickly approaching a full month of lockdown here in Spain due to the coronavirus – how are you holding up? 

Not being able to visit friends and family, or even go for a walk as part of our daily exercise, is hard going and starting to take its toll on many people. 

One thing we can all agree on though is that these strict measures are the best thing for everyone’s safety, and latest figures have shown that the infection rate is decreasing which is great news. 

Lockdown has been especially difficult because here on the Costa Blanca our usual blue skies and sunny weather disappeared at the start of lockdown and was replaced with a few weeks of grey skies and rain. Luckily, the Costa Blanca weather forecast is looking promising for the next couple of weeks so we can all get back outside into our gardens and onto our balconies, to self-isolate in the sun. 

Being away from family is something that many expats have to get used to, but many of us have had flights back home cancelled or have had to deal with family coming to visit being postponed until later in the year. Make sure you stay in touch with your loved ones during this time to combat loneliness. SkypeWhatsApp and Zoom are all free and easy to use services for both phone and video calls.  

You could also make the most of this new free time by brushing up on your Spanish using a free app like DuoLingo or signing up to some free online Spanish lessons

If you are struggling with boredom, there are a few local businesses who are putting on online shows and classes during the period of lockdown. 

The best entertainers in Benidorm are putting on some free live shows which you can watch on the Benidorm Lockdown Live Shows Facebook Group. Tune in to see performances from singers, musicians, comedians and more. 

Every day at 4pm during lockdown you can join a free online modern jive dance class with Cat & AJ from DanceNation. Find out more on their Facebook page

If you’re a fan of Jazz music, local singer Lady Jazz will be performing online every Sunday evening on her Facebook page. You can even message her with your requests. 

If you’re worried about keeping fit during lockdown Pop Up Yoga Costa Blanca are posting videos on their YouTube channel for you to follow in the comfort of your own home. They are also running daily Live Yoga sessions on Zoom where you can see others face to face. All information can be found on the Facebook group

Are missing being able to go out for dinner? Some great local restaurants are offering home delivery services. Get in touch with the restaurants directly for more information. 

The American Diner in Benimar are doing home deliveries from Wednesdays to Sundays. The menu includes burgers, hot dogs, desserts, and a special Sunday lunch menu. See the menu and find out more on their Facebook page

Paprika Hungarian Restaurant in Quesada are delivering a 3 course set menu from Monday – Saturday. Areas covered are Quesada, Rojales, Benijofar, Formentera del Segura, Lo Crispin, La Siesta and Algorfa. They will also deliver shopping to you if you are ordering a meal delivery. Get in touch with the restaurant for more information via their Facebook page

If you are dreaming of an Indian takeaway Mulberry’s in Quesada are also offering home delivery. You can view the menu and place your order via their Facebook page

Hopefully things will be back to normal soon and we will all be able to get back to enjoying life on the Costa Blanca again. What will be the first thing you do when you can go out again?

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