Semana Santa: Let the Floodgates Open!
Top destinations for the Easter week: Malaga, Seville, Barcelona, Madrid and Palma de Mallorca. Whether you’re thinking of a pilgrimage to see the processions, or renting a car to just get away from it all and take a nice excursion, Malaga is going to be a dense traffic area. The national traffic authority predicts almost 2.7 million trips in and out of Malaga capital city for the week and surrounding weekends, a dizzying statistic for anyone considering travel. Hotspots will be the opening weekend and Thursday and Friday of Holy Week, between 12:00 and 2:00 pm. The Malaga provincial government also expects 6-10 pm to also have high chances for traffic jams. With the possibility of precipitation later next week, it sounds like the best times to drive are early in the day and early in the week.
Beware of driving in the capital itself: the main street drag (Alameda Principal) will be cut off almost all day the first Sunday, and there will be much more restriction on allowed parking areas. Authorities are recommending avoiding the city’s nucleus entirely by car, instead using the ring road and public transport. Renfe is adding 9,000 seats to its Madrid-Malaga AVE trip and opening their regional Cercanias train to Fuengirola up for additional nighttime hours. Depending on the day, you can catch a train home from downtown Malaga as late as 1, 2, 3, or 4 ‘o clock at night.
Be careful and enjoy the week!