Costa del Sol opens Spain’s first outdoor skydiving simulator

Have you always yearned for the feeling of free falling through the skies but are actually scared of heights?

Costa del Sol opens Spain's first outdoor skydiving simulator
The experience of skydiving without having to jump from a plane. Photo: Fly4Real

If so, then a new adventure experience that has opened in the hills above the Costa del Sol could be just the thing.

The village of Campillos in Malaga province is now home to Spain’s first outdoor skydiving simulator offering the experience of freefall without the danger of jumping from an aeroplane.

The simulator consists of a vertical wind tunnel in which a powerful blast of air lifts the body into the air, giving them the sensation of freefall before a skydiver pulls the parachute and is suitable for all ages between five and 95.

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But on the simulator no parachute is needed and the flier, initially accompanied by an experienced instructor, can turn and move around.

Whats more, the simulator is the exact one used by Tom Cruise to train for his skydiving stunts in the film Mission Impossible: Fallout.ç

The project is an initiative by Fly4Real and is located alongside the KartCenter, a go-karting circuit just outside Campillos, which is 80km northwest of Malaga.

The mayor of Campillos officially opened the simulator on Thursday, welcoming its addition to the region’s tourist attractions.

“Campillos is proud to have one of the best kart circuits in Europe and the only outdoor skydiving simulator in Spain,” said acting mayor, Francisco Guerrero. 

Rubio Carmona Antonio, the director of Fly4Real explained that the project would “ be creating new job opportunities as the team grows. The job of a wind tunnel instructor is a complicated one and our objective is to train people from Campillos to take part in this project and give opportunities to people in the region which has welcomed us so warmly.”

Prices start from €52 for a 24,000 ft free fall, up to €400 for the ‘Pro Flyer’ pack for more experienced skydivers. For more information and tickets go to the website, HERE 

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LISTED: The 14 sun creams Spain wants to take off the market

If you're looking for the right sun protection this summer, then you should be aware that the Spanish Ministry of Health has requested that 14 sunscreens be withdrawn because their SPF doesn't correspond to what is advertised.

LISTED: The 14 sun creams Spain wants to take off the market
The Spanish Ministry of Health requests the withdrawal of 14 sun creams. Photo: MYCHELE DANIAU / AFP

The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) and the Ministry of Health, requested on Tuesday the voluntary withdrawal of 14 sun creams because the sun protection factor (SPF) that they advertise does not correspond to the labelling.

The results were discovered during a recent trial AEMPS carried out to guarantee that the sun protection factor is the one announced by the manufacturers. The trials focused on sunscreens with SPF 50 or SPF 50+, especially those with very light creams, mists and sprays. The agency chose 19 products from companies in different countries, of different sizes and price points.

Only five of the 19 creams analysed provided protection that was consistent with its labelling.

Five of the sun creams had an SPF much lower than that indicated on their labels, always below an SPF factor of 29.9. These are:

  • Abelay Sunscreen SPF50 from Ab7
  • Mussvital Photoprotector Spray Ultra Light 50+ aerosol from Peroxfarma
  • Eucerin Sun Sensitive Protect Sun Spray Transparent Dry Touch SPF 50 High by Beiersdorf AG
  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydratation Solar Mist air soft SPF 50+ (High) by Wilkinson Sword
  • Australian Gold SPF Botanical SPF 50 continuous spray by Biorius

Nine of the sunscreens were found to have an SPF of between 30 and 49.9, instead of the advertised 50. These were:

  • Les Cosmetiques Sun Ultimate Sensitive SPF 50+ sun spray for sensitive skin from Carrefour
  • Belle & Sun Invisible Sun Mist SPF 50 by Perseida Beauty
  • Isdin Photoprotector Fusion Water SPF 50 from ISDIN daily use facial sunscreen
  • Farline sun spray SPF 50+ 200 mL Very High Protection
  • Babaria Solar Protective Mist SPF 50 by Berioska
  • Seesee Transparent Sun Spray SPF 50+ by Cosmetrade
  • Piz Buin Hydro Infusion Gel Sun Cream SFP 50 High Protection by Johnson & Johnson Santé Beauté
  • Ladival Sensitive Skin SPF 50+ from STADA Arzneimittel AG
  • Lancaster Sun Sensitive Luminous Tan Comfort cream SPF 50+ by Coty

No incidents of sunburn related to any of these products have been reported, however the Ministry of Consumption has started to investigate possible illicit advertising and unfair practices, and where appropriate, will sanction the manufacturers.

According to Weather Online, the UV Index in Spain and other Mediterranean countries is a lot higher than in northern European countries. Indices of 9 and 10 are common, whereas, in the UK, the UV Index rarely exceeds 8.

If you’re looking for extra protection this summer, a new app, UV-Derma has been released by professors from the University of Malaga, which calculates how long you can stay in the sun before burning. 

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