Key Spanish tourist destinations are experiencing disruption after taxi drivers joined together in a strike against ridesharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Cabify. Main roads in major cities have been blocked by protests.

On Monday a meeting to reach an agreement ending the protests failed, as taxi drivers rejected a licensing proposal from the government. The drivers have announced an indefinite strike in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Alicante, Malaga and Bilbao. There have been reported threats that these strikes could become violence (see headlines below).

If you are in Spain or are heading there in the coming days, expect widespread travel disruption. There are reports that disruption is especially bad around the airports.

There is further advice from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office below.

From the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office

If you’re visiting Spain in the coming days, be aware that taxi drivers have called an indefinite strike in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Alicante, Malaga and Bilbao. Other destinations may be affected at short notice. The strikes are causing some disruption in city centres, as well as access to and from airports. If you’re intending to make an important journey by taxi, consider planning your journey in advance, checking alternative travel options and allowing extra time to complete your journey.

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