THE Spanish authorities have prepared themselves for the annual surge in traffic as millions of people head off on their Easter holiday this weekend.
Eight million road trips are expected to take place across Spain during the holiday, and Spain’s national traffic authority, the DGT, has deployed nearly 10,000 highway patrol officers, 600 traffic managers, and more than 13,000 road maintenance workers to deal with the high vehicle volume.
They are advising holidaymakers to avoid road travel whenever possible and especially at the known peak times. Traffic is expected to be most affected:
On Friday, until lunchtime for the residents of Catalonia and the Valencia region who will continue to get away from the cities.
On Saturday, although this is the quietest day on major routes, expect delays in tourist destination cities, particularly on the coast.
On Sunday, most holidaymakers will be returning home around midday, although increased traffic is expected throughout the day on all major routes.
On Monday, expect trouble in the following eight regions where the Spanish have Easter Monday off: the Balearic Islands, Cantabria, Castilla La Mancha, Catalonia, the Valencia region, Navarre, the Basque Country and La Rioja.
However, as we all know, one tiny incident can bring a whole area to a standstill. Therefore, the best advice to avoid frustration is; unless you have to, don’t.