Road map of Spain
Road map of Spain with cities. Road map of Spain (Southern Europe - Europe) to print. Road map of Spain (Southern Europe - Europe) to download. In most provinces of Spain, a system similar to that of the national zones is adopted. The numbers consist of a provincial abbreviation and up to 4 digits as its mentioned in the road map of Spain. However, these systems are constructed in such a way that usually the numerical part of the number does not change when one crosses a provincial boundary. For example, the P 912 in Palencia is joined to the VA 912 in Valladolid, here 'P' stands for Palencia while 'VA' means Valladolid. Unfortunately, there are many exceptions, and a provincial highway may be joined to a carretera comarcal or even a carretera nacional in a bounding province. Also note that community roads are not necessarily more important than provincial roads. There are only a few provinces that have both.
There are (less important) provincial roads in Spain with other identifiers, often obtained by adding a letter, typically P or V, to the standard abbreviation. Examples are HV for Huelva (H > HV) and CP for Cordoba (CO > CP) as its mentioned in the road map of Spain. Currently many provinces are replacing all of their provincial numbers by community numbers. There are road numbers that occur several times, e.g. A129. However, there are no provinces in a community with the same code.
Over the last half century, many main Spanish roads have been upgraded not just once, but twice or three times. And unlike in more populated countries, where upgrading means improving the existing road, the Spanish solution has often just been to build a new road near the old one. Consequently, on some routes, there are actually three parallel roads, the historic route, the post-Franco new road, and the more recent "autovia" divided highway as you can see in the road map of Spain.
The majority of minor roads in Spain, those linking villages and small towns, are very well built and modernised, even when they serve no more than a few hundred vehicles a day as its shown in the road map of Spain. And signposting on Spanish roads is generally excellent. There are now plenty of speed traps, or radars, on main roads in Spain, and police can and do issue on-the-spot fines. Advance warning of speed traps tends to be given, and the speed cameras are sometimes painted in fluorescent yellow, with the speed limit painted on them; but this is not always the case. Speed cameras are uncommon on minor roads in Spain.