Wildfire causes mass evacuation near Vuelta a España time trial start town

Deliberately started wildfires in the region of Javea cause hundreds of people to be evacuated just days before the Vuelta a España starts there

(Photo: Michael Edwards)

Hundreds of people have been evacuated and at least 20 houses destroyed by wildfires outside the Costa Blanca resort of Javea, just days before the area plays host to the Vuelta a España.

The stage 19 time trial is set to start in Javea, an area popular with tourists and British expats, where hundreds of people were told to leave their homes, hotels and campsites on Sunday evening.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1