Warning of traffic problems in Los Cristianos due to extreme ferry numbers this week
The port of Los Cristianos, in the south of Tenerife, is set to experience a significantly higher volume of maritime traffic during the bank holiday weekend compared to a typical week. Since yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), increased activity has been observed in the access points and the waterfront area of the harbour, specifically in loading vehicles onto ferries operated by two companies, Fred. Olsen and Armas.
They connect Tenerife with the islands of La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro. These destinations have become the chosen getaway for thousands of residents looking to unwind until the upcoming weekend because although only today and Friday are official bank holidays, schools are also closed tomorrow so most people are taking all three days off.
As per information provided by the Port Authority, between yesterday and midday today, a total of 42 boarding and disembarking operations are scheduled, with over 8,500 passengers and 2,600 vehicles boarding ferries in just over 24 hours bound for the three western islands.
People are warned to be aware of increased traffic congestion in and out of Los Cristianos today and during the weekend when people return home. It is projected to be even more intense in terms of passenger, car, and truck movements as 9 ferry stops are expected on Saturday and a total of 11 on Sunday, translating to a flow of 12,800 passengers and 3,200 vehicles from La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro.
It's worth noting that Los Cristianos Port ranks among the busiest passenger ports in Spain. The ever-growing traffic has stretched the boarding and disembarking areas for vehicles, requiring precise manoeuvres within a very limited timeframe. Despite the continuous rise in the number of automobiles, the available space remains the same, necessitating meticulous coordination.
Other articles that may interest you...