Barcelona's beaches reached capacity over the weekend - Getty
Barcelona’s beaches reached capacity over the weekend – Getty


Beaches in Barcelona reached capacity over the weekend, despite pleas from local authorities for people to stay at home as Covid-19 cases rose in the region.

Earlier on Sunday, authorities urged 96,000 residents of three Catalan towns to stay at home, as part of a tightening of Covid-19 restrictions. This came after residents in Barcelona were on Friday advised to leave their home only for essential trips.

However, thousands ignored the stay-at-home calls. Barceloneta beach, a favourite among tourists, reached capacity on Sunday and had to be closed as bathers queued up to access the beach.

Spain emerged from a nationwide lockdown on June 21, and UK tourists can now visit without needing to go into quarantine.

The latest figures from Catalonia’s regional health ministry show a daily increase of 944 cases, although the stay-at-home instructions stop short of a mandatory lockdown.

Follow all the latest travel news below. 

08:31 AM

Virgin Atlantic ‘still receiving 1,000 refund requests a day’ 

Virgin Atlantic is receiving 1,000 refund requests a day despite easing travel restrictions around the world.

In an interview with Telegraph Travel, the airline’s chief operating officer Corneel Koster said the carrier was excited to resume flights today but that cancellations were ongoing, in part due to travel restrictions in the US.

He said 10,000 customers were contacting the carrier daily about refunds and rebooking.

“We continue to be inundated with customer enquiries. We apologise for the delays in refunding our customers. We fell short of the standard of service that we hold ourselves to, and we desperately owe our customers a heartfelt apology.”

Read the interview here.

08:27 AM

Florence’s Uffizi Gallery compares influencer to Botticelli

Florence’s Uffizi Gallery has been accused of dumbing itself down after comparing a social media influencer to Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.

Chiara Ferragni at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
Chiara Ferragni at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence

Chiara Ferragni, who has millions of followers on social media, posed in front of some of the most highly regarded Renaissance masterpieces, including Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, sparking criticism that great art was being used as a mere backdrop for Instagram pictures.

Read the full report here.

08:15 AM

The view from Barceloneta

People are turned away from the beach yesterday - Getty
People are turned away from the beach yesterday – Getty
Barceloneta - Getty
Barceloneta – Getty
People ignored 'stay home' calls on Sunday - Getty
People ignored ‘stay home’ calls on Sunday – Getty

07:58 AM

What happened yesterday?

Here’s a recap of yesterday’s main stories, in the world of travel.

  • Passport Office chaos forces families to cancel holidays

  • European holiday hotspots now cheaper than a train ride to Cornwall

  • Australian state makes face masks mandatory after surge in cases

  • Amsterdam urges people not to visit red light district

  • Catalonia asks thousands to stay at home as cases surge

  • Hong Kong sees record daily high of new cases

Catch-up with the rest below.