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Join date : 2011-02-25
Age : 79
Location : Majas Spain

PostSubject: Spanish information   Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:08 am

Hi Ken
Just had a few weeks travelling around and was surprised just how well the smoking ban (that I mentioned last month) has worked in Spain. Clearly there are plenty people who don't like it but fines imposed on bars that don't comply are so hefty that bar owners are being very careful to ensure that smokers go outside. A couple of other new laws I noticed were the banning of dogs from bars and the refusal of chemists to sell prescription medicines (many tourists used to stock up on antibiotics, etc, when visiting). Spain has joined the 21st century and I don't know if I like it!

More alarming than these changes in the law are the effects of the recession. So many business premises have been abandoned and levels of unemployment are at frightening levels. Unfortunately, the response of too many bar and restaurant owners in the cities seems to be to increase prices in line with their falling revenue. Spain used to be a relatively cheap holiday destination but I'm afraid that is no longer the case. Such pricing is less obvious in popular holiday resorts where competition between bars and restaurants ensure there's plenty good value if you look around.


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