|Street bar in Alfaz - complete with decking and planters|
It has been a tough transition for many Spaniards, for whom cafe culture - lighting up while enjoying a drink and tapas - has been an essential part of daily life. Bar and cafes which had an outside patio area were able to overcome the situation but many smaller bars in the local villages struggled to accommodate the smokers, having no outside facilities.
|Basic bar - just tables and chairs on roadside|
Well it looks like Alfaz Town Hall have followed suit and are determined to give a helping hand to local businesses. Initially they installed bollards on the road in front of the bars with no patio area, to allow them to place tables and chairs outside for the smokers. Now though, some of the individual bar owners have gone a step further and customized the area with decking and and hanging baskets!
|Another customized bar - with wooden screen and planters|
The introduction of the anti smoking law here in Spain hasn't appeared to cut the number of people smoking from what I can see. It is a common sight seeing a mother lighting up whilst pushing a pram or smoking in the car whilst on the school run!
Even though cigarette prices went up slightly last month, a packet of Benson & Hedges or Silk Cut is still only 4.50€ - aprox £3.72 at yesterdays exchange rate of 1.21, which compared to the UK price of £7.46 is still less than half price!