The traffic authorities DGT are releasing information about when the Easter traffic is at its worst. If possible, one should try to avoid being out in traffic at these times.
During the Easter weekend more than 14.5 million long-distance travels are expected to take place, which is an increase of a million compared to last year. DGT’s operation “Salida” began on Friday and lasts until midnight on March 28. This is a period of more than 10 days and traffic disruptions are expected across the country, but especially in Andalusia and on the Eastern Coast. As usual the popular routes from the major cities to tourist areas will also experience congestions.
The worst hours to be in a car
The first phase, ie Friday and midnight on Palm Sunday, is already finished with about 3.4 million registered vehicles and 22 people lost their lives in traffic during this phase. But that was just the beginning. Next Wednesday will be a lot worse.
- According to the forecasts the traffic will be very slow on Wednesday March 23rd from 5 pm to 11 pm the same day
- This scenario is repeated on Maundy Thursday from about 9 a.m.-11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- The worst hours on Good Friday will be between mid day and 2 p.m.
- On Easter Saturday there will be a traffic peak between 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- On Easter Sunday traffic will flow slowly between mid day and 11 p.m.
- On Easter Monday traffic jams are expected between mid day and 9 p.m.
Traffic authorities are going to have increased surveillance during the Easter week. They have over 1,000 radar units in operation and 12 helicopters are monitoring the traffic, of which 8 have the advanced radar system “Pegasus”. More than 10,000 officers from the Guardia Civil are on duty at Easter performing alcohol and drug tests.