Villarreal v Liverpool: travel advice
Advice for fans travelling to Spain for the Europa League match between Villarreal and Liverpool on Thursday 28 April.
‘Be On The Ball’ when travelling to watch football abroad. Our advice and guidance is designed to help you have an enjoyable and hassle-free time.
- Date: Thursday, 28 April 2016.
- Venue: El Madrigal Stadium, Villarreal (Vila-Real).
- Kick off time: 9.05 pm (local time).
As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Spain
Passports and visas
- British Nationals don’t need a visa to travel to Spain, but your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.
- Remember your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid for Spain but you should still take out travel insurance, even if you’re only going for one night - it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties.
- You must provide ID (your passport) if requested by a police officer. The police have the right to hold you at a police station until your identity is confirmed.
- Always take care of your passport, as getting a replacement is costly and time-consuming.
Getting to the stadium
Estadio El Madrigal
Calle Blasco Ibáñez, no 2
12540 Villarreal (Vila-Real)
- The stadium is located in central Villarreal. (Please note that the club is called Villarreal, but the town is known as Vila-Real, and that many street names in Vila-Real, Castellón and Valencia will be in the local language of Valenciano.)
- Trains operating between Valencia and Villarreal are currently limited due to works on the line, and do not normally operate during night hours. However, one special train service will operate from Villarreal to Valencia after the match, departing Villarreal at 0005 hours. Approximate cost 6 euros. See also rail website for details of regular train services.
- A taxi from Villarreal to Valencia should cost approx 80€. We advise pre-booking return taxis to Valencia as availability may be limited.
At the match
- Gates will open at 7.30 pm. Access to the stadium can be slow. To avoid a last-minute bottleneck, and missing the start of the match, you should get to the stadium early.
- Liverpool fans should enter the stadium through gate 25.
- Fans should follow Spanish police instructions and avoid physical contact of any type (including requests to take photos etc).
- Anyone who is obviously drunk or bearing racist insignia will not be allowed into the stadium. Also, any banners bearing political slogans will not be allowed in the stadium.
- No flares, fireworks, alcoholic drinks, cans, glass, bottle tops, or containers over ½ litre are allowed in the stadium. Snacks, soft drinks and water can be purchased inside the stadium. Flag and banner poles should be removed before entering.
- Visiting supporters will be kept behind for around 15 minutes after the match to allow the home fans to disperse.
- Large crowds are the favoured hunting grounds for petty criminals so be careful with your valuables.
- In Alicante and Valencia, as in any other city, beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway stations, around the town centre and when using public transport. Only carry what you need, leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits.
- Drinking in the streets in some parts of Spain is illegal, and you can be arrested for doing so.
British Consulate in Alicante
Edificio Espacio – 6th floor
Rambla Méndez Núñez, 28-32
- Telephone + 34 965 216 022 (also for out of hours emergencies)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
For more information see the consulate page on GOV.UK
The local emergency services contact number is 112.
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