Buying Cigarettes in Spain isn’t that Easy!
Cigarettes are sold at ‘Tabacos’ shops in Benidorm as they are all around Spain. Look for the same ‘Tabacos’ sign which is the same on every shop selling cigarettes.
The number of Tabacos shops is controlled and cigarettes are NOT sold in supermarkets or smaller shops, only in Tabacos and in a limited number of vending machines.
Only certain bars and retailers like petrol stations can have cigarette machines and the number of machines is limited too. So, if you see a machine in a bar, you’re unlikely to see another one close by. If you are using a cigarette machine, you’ll have to ask the bar man to press a remote control to turn it on. This is to stop people who are under age buying ‘fags!’
Prices of cigarettes in Benidorm, as a rough guide, is around half that of the prices in the U.K.
Occasionally you may be offered cigarettes to buy by someone in a bar. These will be a lot cheaper but are often counterfeit; bad fags in drag.