The harbour of Los Cristianos, in Tenerife, anticipates a total of 27,000 passengers and 7,000 vehicles during Holy Week

The harbour of Los Cristianos, situated on the island of Tenerife, is expecting a total of around 27,000 passengers and 7,000 vehicles that will be travelling by sea from La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro to the aforementioned port area throughout Holy Week.

The second departure operation, scheduled for Thursday and Good Friday, from the Tenerife port to the ports of San Sebastián de La Gomera, Santa Cruz de La Palma and La Estaca in El Hierro, plans to board 19,800 passengers and 4,910 vehicles, as provided by data from the shipping companies operating in the port.

Additionally, between the initial phase and the Easter holidays, it is expected that 3,800 passengers and 1,300 cargo vehicles will transit on round-trip journeys between the islands.

During the first phase of the operation following Easter, between the afternoon of Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, a movement of 7,500 passengers and 2,170 vehicles was recorded heading towards El Hierro, La Gomera, and La Palma, according to the Port Authority of Tenerife. These figures indicate the significant influx experienced by the port infrastructure during this festive period.

In the return operation, there is an expectation of high occupancy levels on trips taken during the weekend and, to a lesser extent, on Monday, April 1.

The vessels operating in the harbour of Los Cristianos include the ‘Benchijigua Express’, ‘Bencomo Express’, ‘Volcán de Teno’, ‘Volcán de Taburiente’, and the ‘Volcán de Tirajana’.

Furthermore, in addition to the control and security measures conducted by the Port Police during Holy Week, the Arona Local Police will oversee traffic flow at the exit roundabout of the Port of Los Cristianos during the departure and arrival operations of the shipping companies, as well as in the parking lots on Avenida la Habana and El Espigón street.

On Thursday, March 21, the number of tourists who visited the island of Tenerife was revealed according to the Tenerife Island Situation Bulletin prepared by the Chamber of Commerce of Santa Cruz de Tenerife for the fourth quarter of 2023. The data showed that more than 6.5 million people visited the island in 2023, marking the highest figure in its history. Of these, over 5 million were international tourists, with an 11% annual increase, and nearly 900,000 were domestic tourists, which represented a 7.1% rise from the previous year.

The forecast for this Easter and for the entire year of 2024 is that these numbers will be surpassed.

Return operation during Easter at the Canary Islands airports

The Easter return operation, scheduled between Sunday, March 31 and Easter Monday, April 1, predicts 2,623 flights at the Canary Islands airports, indicating a 12.52% increase compared to the same days in 2023, as per data provided by Aena to Europa Press.

Therefore, during the two days planned for the Easter return operation, the archipelago’s airports will accommodate 1,389 flights on Sunday (+8.8%) and 1,234 operations on Monday (+17%).

The Gran Canaria airport is set to have the highest number of flights, with 795 operations. Following closely behind are Tenerife South and Tenerife North, with 496 and 446 planned flights, respectively.

In a close third, we have Lanzarote airport with 404 planned operations over these two days, then Fuerteventura with 296 flights, and La Palma with 135. El Hierro and La Gomera will see 36 and 16 flights, respectively.

Four islands join in a “landmark” demonstration against tourist overcrowding in the Canary Islands

While the influx of tourists in the Canary Islands continues to rise, four islands (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote) are coming together in a “landmark” demonstration scheduled for the 20th of April at 12:00 p.m. in various locations across the islands, protesting against tourist overcrowding in the archipelago under the banner The Canary Islands have a limit. For a change in the model!

They will be advocating for improved conservation of the natural areas of the Canary Islands, the implementation of an eco-tax or tourist levy, a pause on tourism and holiday home purchases by foreigners.

In Tenerife, the demonstration will take place at Plaza Weyler in the capital. The groups involved in the call are currently ATAN, Save La Tejita, Save Tenerife, Fundación Telesforo Bravo-Juan Coello, Save El Puertito, Tabona, Plataforma Los Silos-Isla Baja, Asociación Abeque, Red Asirem, Coordinadora El Rincón, Rebellion Cientifica, and ADC- Assembly in Defense of Our Land (ADNT).

In Gran Canaria, about twenty associations are gearing up for the demonstration at 12:00 p.m., starting from the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium.

In Fuerteventura, which joined on Wednesday, January 27, the demonstration will also be held at 12:00 p.m. on 1º de Mayo Street, in Puerto del Rosario.

Lanzarote, the most recent island to join, will stage their protest at 12:00 p.m. at the Music Kiosk in Arrecife.

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