ETA Bombs Tranquil Mallorca

July 30, 2009 on 8:33 am | In Spain Travel, things travelers need to know, travel warnings | 1 Comment

Perhaps in advance of its 50th annniversary this Friday, the ETA exploded a car bomb in the town of Palma Nova on the idyllic Balearic Island of Mallorca. Mallorca is part of Spain and located off the Mediterranean coast near Barcelona. As opposed to yesterday’s bombing of a civil defense barracks in Burgos, Spain, this attack took the lives of two police officers.

Mallorca is especially popular with British tourists and is a staple of the cruise line industry, whose ships usually port in Palma, the capital of the island, for a day of fun and adventure. However, due to the bombing both the airport and the sea port were closed for a short period of time, presumably in an attempt to apprehend the terrorists. Travel to the area has been disrupted, so check with your transportation provider about schedules. See this report from the Times Online of the UK for more information.

We suggest that all visitors to Spain exercise caution, but especially over the next five days, since the ETA may be attempting to capitalize on its anniverary by making a statement about its ability to attack anywhere in Spain at any time. The Spanish Tourist Office has indicated that Mallorca and Spain remain safe locations for tourism, noting that the targets of the ETA have been associated with the Guardia Civil (Civil Guard) of Spain and not areas of interest to tourists.

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