January 20, 2022 5:02 pm

La Palma prepares for a barrage of tourists on the December long weekend

The Gran Canarian palms



The island of La Palma is preparing for a barrage of tourists for the longest long weekend of the year, in which it is planned thousands of visitors arrive from today until the holiday Wednesday. For weeks there have been no places on the planes and ferries to get to the island, with mainly Canarian tourism, although also national.

La Palma has strengthened connections with the island for these days, and an estimated accommodation occupancy of around 85%, of the beds available, since there are 5,000 places out of service due to being in the area affected by the lava, in an exclusion zone and providing service to the emergency. There are hardly any places available to enter and leave the island, although there are beds available for a stay on La Palma on this bridge.

There will also be a reinforcement to leave, with 7,000 seats occupied for departures from La Palma to other destinations.

To cope with this tourist spike, the island has shielded several of its protection and security measures, and the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca) has insisted on its call for collective responsibility and compliance with the recommendations. In this sense, the technical director of Pevolca, Miguel Ángel Morcuennde, recalled that the Canary Islands and La Palma are facing a increase in Covid incidence for which he has asked citizens and visitors to maintain precaution and preventive measures against the virus.

In addition, he has requested “caution” from all visitors and residents, especially those who frequent traffic points such as the Tajuya and El Time viewpoint area so that on the side of the roads they are provided with reflective vests and flashlights. “It is the best way to avoid victims and accidents and fog up the weekend,” he asked.

It has announced that, as has been done in previous festive periods and the rebound of visitors, that a traffic reordering to avoid crowds and retentions problems on certain roads, and with the main objective of leaving some roads free for emergency teams. During the daily press conference, he announced that from today Friday at 5:00 p.m. and until 11:00 p.m. light traffic will be limited on the LP-3 highway, which will be diverted to the Hermosilla slope of El Paso, while collective and heavy vehicles They will be able to circulate on this road.

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