THE Palma city council has put on extra buses and laid on special parking facilities for visits to the cemetery, to prevent tail backs and other problems. November 1, Tuesday, is a public holiday and the day on which Spaniards traditionally remember their dead, visiting cemeteries to clean graves and leave flowers. A council spokesman said that there will be 48 Local Police officers on traffic duty in the cemetery area today and tomorrow, and 72 on Tuesday itself.
The Ca l'Ardiaca road will be closed to traffic and there will be two temporary parking areas, one on the former site of the Easter fair and one at the Son Moix stadium. There will also be a special bus service on Tuesday, leaving from the Porta de Sant Antoni, and running from 8am to 8pm.
An expected 50'000 people will visit Palma cemetery this weekend.
The council spokesman also said that the traditional flower fair will be held in Calle Lluis Vives tomorrow and Tuesday from 8am to 6pm.
The Ramblas in Palma is a riot of colour as florists display wreaths. But prices are much higher than at other times of the year, as vendors take advantage of the occasion. A single rose, for example, can cost as much as three euros, while carnations are nine euros a dozen.
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