Shopping in Spain

By | July 15, 2021



The following articles can be imported duty-free (when entering from non-EU countries):

200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco;

1 liter of spirits with an alcohol content of more than 22% or 2 liters of spirits with an alcohol content of not more than 22% or sparkling wine;

4 l table wine;

16 l of beer;

Gifts / other goods up to a total value of € 430 (air and sea travel) or € 300 (travel by train / car); Children under 15 years generally € 150.

Note: Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages may only be imported by people aged 17 and over.

Import regulations

For the import of weapons and ammunition, a hunting license from the home country certified by the Spanish consulate as well as an import permit and a hunting permit from the Spanish customs authorities are required.

Travelers who bring meat and milk products into the EU from outside the European Union must register them. The regulation does not apply to the import of animal products from the EU countries as well as from Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland. Anyone who does not register these products can expect fines or criminal penalties.

Prohibited imports

There is a general import ban on live poultry, meat and meat products from third countries (with the exception of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland).

Import / export to the EU

The movement of goods within the EU is unrestricted for travelers, provided that the goods are intended for personal use and not for resale. In addition, the goods must not have been bought in duty-free shops. Proof of personal personal needs can be requested from travelers. Member States have the right to impose excise duties on spirits or tobacco products when these products are not intended for personal use.

The following maximum quantities apply to personal requirements:
800 cigarettes (people over 18 years of age);
400 cigarillos (people from 18 years);
200 cigars (people 18+);
1 kg tobacco (people over 18 years);
10 liters of strong alcoholic beverages (people over 18 years of age);
20 liters of fortified wine (e.g. port or sherry) (people 18+);
90 liters of wine (including a maximum of 60 liters of sparkling wine) (people aged 18 and over);
110 liters of beer (people 18+);
Perfumes and eau de toilette: No restrictions if it can be demonstrated that the amount is for personal consumption.
Medicines: amount corresponding to personal needs during the trip);
Other goods: The movement of goods within the EU is unrestricted for travelers. However, gold alloys and gold plating in the unprocessed state or as a semi-finished product and fuel are excluded from this. Fuel may only be imported from an EC member state exempt from mineral oil tax if it is in the vehicle’s tank or in a reserve container carried with it. A fuel quantity of up to 10 liters in the reserve tank will not be rejected.

If additional quantities of these goods are carried, z. B. a wedding an event with which a bulk purchase could be justified.

Note: There are, however, certain exceptions to the regulation of the unrestricted movement of goods. They particularly concern the purchase of new vehicles and purchases for commercial purposes. (For more information on taxes on motor vehicles, see the European Commission’s guide “Buying goods and services in the internal market”.)

Import restrictions for goods from Andorra
300 cigarettes or 150 cigarillos or 75 cigars or 400 g tobacco (only people over 17 years of age);
1.5 l spirits (over 22% alcohol content) or 3 l alcoholic beverages up to 22% alcohol content (only people aged 17 and over);
5 liters of wine (only people aged 17+);
1 kg of coffee or 400 g of extracts, essences or concentrates from coffee or preparations based on these goods or based on coffee (only people aged 15 and over);
200 g of tea or 80 g of tea extracts;
75 g perfume or 375 ml eau de toilette;
Agricultural goods with a value of max. 175 € (people under 15 years max. 90 €). The following quantity limits must be observed: 2.5 kg milk powder, 3 kg condensed milk, 6 kg fresh milk, 1 kg butter, 4 kg cheese, 5 kg sugar and sweets, 5 kg meat.


Duty-free sales at airports and shipping ports have been abolished for travel within the EU. Only travelers who leave the EU can shop cheaply in the duty-free shop. When importing goods into an EU country that were bought in duty-free shops in another EU country, the same travel allowances and the same travel allowance apply as when entering from non-EU countries.



The Rastro market in Madrid is wonderful to browse, especially on Sundays. In Catalonia there are weaving mills whose textiles are known all over the world. Spanish leather and suede goods are of high quality. Excellent handmade furniture is one of the most beautiful products.

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 9 a.m. / 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. / 9 p.m. Department stores open Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The siesta between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. no longer has to be observed.

In the major resorts such as Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga and Alicante, shops are allowed to be open on all Sundays and public holidays. In the rest of the country, shops are allowed to open 16 Sundays a year.



There are nightclubs, cafes and restaurants in the big cities of Spain,  a country located in Europe according to extrareference. Every city and every vacation spot has its own entertainment offer. The spectrum ranges from flamenco and similar folk dances to discos. The entertainment program generally starts very late and only ends in the early morning.

Shopping in Spain