Spain holiday warning as Brits face £25,000 fine for going to parties
BRIT holidaymakers face fines of up to £25,000 for going to illegal parties in the Balearics as part of new crackdown measures.
The fines, which would range from £251 to £25,000 for guests, would apply to partygoers in hotspots such as Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca.
Those organizing an illegal party could be fined up to €300,000 (£251,000).
The same hefty sum could also hit food and drink suppliers and marquee providers.
Announcing the plans, Balearic Government member Mercedes Garrido said: “We have been looking for measures to stop illegal parties and make organizers think twice when planning a party.”
He and Ibiza and Ibiza Council President Vicent Marí said the changes could be rolled out for the summer season and would target parties that charge an entry fee and unlicensed advertising.
This means the new rules are unlikely to penalize small family gatherings but could hit big dos, which Balearic officials said were booming during the pandemic.
The measures come as officials in Mallorca and Ibiza crack down on the chaos and drunken behavior caused by alcohol.
Vacationers now get a slap in the face six drinks a day instead of having alcohol on tap.
The regulations affect tourists in Magaluf, Majorca and some areas of the party island of Ibiza.
And they mean tourists can only have three free drinks with lunch and three with dinner.
Reveling in pub crawls, the sale of alcohol in shops between 9:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. and advertising party boats in some areas have all been banned.
Balearic leaders say they want to improve the image of party venues that have one Reputation for drunk and bad behavior.
But hotel owners are said to be concerned — tourists are reportedly already opting for alternative options outside of the strict zones.
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