SPAIN is one of the UK’s top tourist destinations with many Britons enjoying regular holidays in the popular regions of Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca. However, recent dramatic events have led to tourist warnings being issued for the country.
While the UK Government is allowing non-essential travel to the country, there are several travel warnings for certain areas that tourists should be aware of. Shark sightings, ash clouds and a possible tsunami have all been reported.
La Palma airport in the Canary Islands was forced to close this week due to an ash cloud from the ongoing volcanic eruption on the island.
After erupting on September 19, the volcano has spewed lava and gases, resulting in a large ash cloud.
Ash and dust on the runway forced La Palma airport to close, causing flights to be delayed and cancelled.
The airport has now reopened and AENA advice said: “If you are planning to fly, please confirm the status of your flight with the airline.”
UK Foreign Office advice said: “On Sunday, September 19 2021, at approximately 15.15 local time, there was a volcanic eruption on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma. The immediate areas of Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte and El Paso have been evacuated.
“If you are in an affected area, you should follow the advice of local authorities, including social media updates from Cabildo de La Palma.
“If you are planning to travel to the island imminently, you are encouraged to contact your tour operators/airlines.”
The ash cloud is unlikely to be dangerous for tourists on the nearby Costa del Sol as it is so high up in the atmosphere.
Earlier this month, a volcanic expert told This website no one can really predict when the La Palma volcano could erupt again.
Ian Skilling said: “At the moment you’ll find a lot of predictions saying that the eruption is going to last a certain amount of time and the next one’s going to be in 30 years or whatever.
“But to be honest, nobody really knows. These eruptions can happen every few decades or there can be hundreds of years between them.”
In the Costa Blanca region, shark sightings have caused alarm among British tourists and locals.
Authorities raised a red flag on the beaches of Moraira after a huge shark was spotted lurking inshore.
The beaches of El Portet,. “Brinkwire Summary News”.