Motorists in Seville and Cadiz got an early Three Kings present on Wednesday when the toll road that has linked the cities since 1972 saw its pay stations close for good. The government has abolished tolls on the AP-4 motorway now the concession to run it, and collect the 7.45 euros one way fee, has ended.
Some drivers queued up to join the road on the stroke of midnight on 1 January to be the first to avoid paying. It is one of the oldest motorways in the country.
Elsewhere in Spain, a 367-kilometre stretch of the AP-7 between Tarragona (Catalonia) and Alicante was freed of tolls.
The contract to run the AP-7 toll road closer to home on the Costa del Sol has until 2054 before it expires on its full length as far as Sotogrande.