By Ron Howells • 26 October 2021 • 20:09
La Palma residents annoyed by Tourists flocking to see erupting volcano. image: Twitter
Residents of La Palma are said to be getting annoyed by tourists flocking to the island who want to see the erupting volcano.
Residents of the Spanish island are very annoyed by the influx of visitors, while the tourism industry warns this is just a short-term situation and that the outlook for the sector once the eruptions stop is very bleak.
According to local reports, parked cars are lined up one after another on Tajuya street, a small avenue on La Palma, in Spain’s Canary Islands. A tourist has even parked in front of a garage of a one-story home in the Tacande neighbourhood in the town of Los Llanos de Aridane, even though the sign at the entrance says the area is restricted to locals.
Posting on Facebook, a woman in her thirties had yelled at a tourist to remove her vehicle. The tourist apparently refused, saying: “If they don’t want me to park, I’ll pay an entrance fee,” she said, despite having broken through to the restricted area.
Tourists on weekend getaways to see the volcano are filling up the streets and restaurants of La Palma. Hotels are putting up “no vacancy” signs and there are no spots left on the planes and ferries travelling to the island, particularly the ships from Puerto de Los Cristianos in Tenerife, which belongs to the Canaries archipelago, located off the coast of northwestern Africa.
The director in the Canary Islands of the National Geographic Institute, María José Blanco, has explained, together with the director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Prevention Plan, Pevolca, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, that a deformation of the terrain has already occurred twice and has been accompanied by an increase in lava.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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