THE British Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued a short announcement today, September 5 stating “If you’re travelling to the Benitachell and Javea areas of Spain check with your travel company whether you’ll be able to access your accommodation, as large areas have been evacuated due to forest fires.”
At this stage, they are not suggesting that travellers should cancel bookings generally, but with a number of evacuations taking place, it would only add to the problems of the local authorities if tourists arrived to find their accommodation inaccessible.
Tour companies will know which areas are likely to be evacuated or vulnerable to the fires, but independent travellers who are most likely to fly into Alicante if they are en route to Javea will be well advised to keep a very close eye on developments.
When Euro Weekly News contacted the British Embassy in Madrid, they advised “Our staff in Spain are in contact with local authorities following the outbreak of a fire near Javea, Alicante. We are ready to provide assistance to any British nationals who may be affected.”