Black Saturday and Sunday in Spain: Holidays for Spaniards begin

by Lorraine Williamson
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MADRID – The Spanish traffic service DGT is restarting its annual special operation ‘operación salida‘. This weekend, the service expects nearly nine million road trips and more than 49 million throughout the month of August. 

With the start of the holiday season in August, there will be a lot of long-distance travel, both from people starting their holidays and those ending their holidays. This is in addition to the usual weekend travel. The DGT advises travellers to make their travel plans in advance and avoid the busiest days and times if possible. 

Largest crowds are expected on Friday 

To manage traffic congestion, the DGT has instituted a series of traffic regulations and surveillance measures. The largest increase in vehicles is expected on Friday, mainly between 4.00 pm and 11.00 pm, with traffic problems on the main access roads to coastal tourist areas. 

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Situation on Saturday 

On Saturday morning, between 9.00 am and 2.00 pm, traffic will remain intense on arterial roads from urban areas and routes to coastal towns. Saturday night will also see a lot of people returning to the big cities as their July vacation ends. 

The traffic situation on Sunday 

Traffic congestion is expected on Sunday morning on access roads to coastal areas and in the evening, between 6.00 pm and 11.00 pm, the return of weekend and July holidaymakers will cause heavy traffic towards major cities. 

On Monday, July 31, the usual traffic movements of a working day will coincide with the start of the August holidays, especially between 7.00 pm and 10.00 pm. On Tuesday, August 1, increased traffic is expected from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm due to the start of holiday bookings for apartments and hotels in August. 

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