Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Holidaymakers with trips booked to Spain are warned after a major airport is closed and swimming has been banned on a popular beach.

Spain is currently open to British citizens for an escape, as the Foreign Office now allows non-essential travel to the favorite destination.

For those planning a trip in the fall / winter, there are some travel warnings to be aware of as Spain and its Canary Islands have been hit by volcanic eruptions and shark sightings.

It comes as 47 places will be removed from the red list on Monday, making travel much easier and cheaper.

Holidaymakers on their way to Spain should always check the Government’s Foreign Travel Council before departure, including what tests to take and rules to follow.

Here are the travel issues currently affecting Spain:

The airport is closed

A woman looks at an electronic table showing canceled flights at the closed La Palma airport
The airport on the Spanish island of La Palma closed

The airport on the Spanish island of La Palma closed last night due to a giant ash cloud spewing from a volcanic eruption.

A build-up of ash and dust on the runway has forced local authorities to fly on the ground Thursday, according to airline operator AENA.

Other airports in the Canary Islands remain open and the ash cloud is unlikely to pose any major risk to air travel at the moment, the spokesman said.

This is the second time that La Palma Airport has been closed due to ash build-up since the eruption began on 19 September.

“#LaPalma #Airport is still out of service due to ash accumulation, cleaning work continues.

“The rest of #Canaria’s airports are operational. Contact your airline, especially in the case of #TenerifeNorte. Some flights will be operated from #TenerifeSur,” the operator said in a Twitter post.

The volcano at La Palma has blown rays of red-hot lava out for more than two weeks, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes.

Swimming ban on the beach

The shark was spotted off the coast of Playa del Portet beach in Teulada

Swimmers have been banned from entering the water at a Spanish beach after seeing a shark.

The shark was spotted the coast of Playa del Portet beach in Teulada, on the Costa Blanca, according to the Mirror.

The area is popular with British tourists and the warning remains so far.

The ban came into effect over the weekend, and swimming has been banned on beaches in the municipality between Valencia and Alicante.

Tsunami warning

Smoke and ash erupt from the Cumbre Vieja volcano

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Tenerife could fall victim to a devastating tsunami following a series of recent extreme weather events, scientists have warned.

If that were to happen, the tsunami would be catastrophic for the popular holiday destination chosen by the Scots.

Experts have said the recent volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands could be the trigger for such a serious natural disaster.

The scientists warned that if this happened again, it could have “catastrophic” effects in several parts of the island and trigger a “devastating” landslide.

This would reportedly result in a tsunami that would most likely have a severe impact not only on the northern and western coasts of Tenerife but also on other shores of the archipelago.

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