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Smoking at Palma airport

Since 2011 the law in Spain as regards smoking in public places tightened from a previous 2006 law. Loathe it or love it there is a smoking ban at Palma airport for enclosed public places and it’s here to stay.

Palma airport was already pretty much no smoking before this, but the law had implications on a previous smoking area in the passenger only zone, airside of security. This former smoking area in Module A was turned into a children’s play area.

Air travelers who for whatever reason rush to the airport and through the security check, a little pent up perhaps and want to smoke, won’t find anywhere to relieve their cravings for a long while.
This predicament could leave a regular smoker with several hours of hell ahead of themselves until the next cigarette. However there is a solution at Palma airport.

The antismoking law at Palma airport is only for enclosed public spaces. Hence there are places to smoke at Palma airport and knowing these may be essential for you.


While still in Palma airport arrivals buildings you are prohibited to smoke. Still as soon as you exit the public arrivals hall to go outside onto a wide pedestrian area next to an access road it’s possible to smoke in public again.

Here there are a few cafes to get a drink and have a smoke and a possibly much needed rest. The area is partially enclosed and is protected from the rain and strong sun and to some extent any strong winds.

As Mallorca is warm for most of the year it’s more than pleasant to sit outside Palma airport whether smoking or not.


As soon as you arrive at Palma airport departures terminal you will find plenty of benches outside the terminal building to sit on in reasonable comfort and be able to smoke freely. Theoretically you can check in any luggage, get a drink and return here to smoke if you wanted.

If you are anxious to get a little closer to the boarding gate for your flight, you know the size of the concourses at Palma airport, then there is a place to smoke just before the main security control.

After checking in any luggage, you will need to go up the escalator to the security check point. As you are going upstairs the smoking area will be behind you. Before the security check point you can go outside onto the very large semi enclosed terrace.

Ironically at one of the busiest parts of Palma airport you can go outside into a peaceful and relatively quiet conservatory like area. This open air space is very relaxing with lots of nice trees and benches to sit on and is dedicated for smokers.

Even if you’re a non-smoker this is a good spot, right by security, to take a break. If you’re killing time even better, although there isn’t anywhere to get a drink.

This terrace is the last designated smoking area at Palma airport, before potentially a long wait to smoke again.

Word of caution

Smoking in the toilets of Palma airport will set off fire alarms and result in a heavy fine and a brief detention possibly causing a missed flight.

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