Spain holiday warning for Irish tourists over major change to all-inclusive break-booze rules in Ibiza and Mallorca
IRISH tourists flying to Spain on all-inclusive holidays have been warned of a major alcohol crackdown.
Ibiza and Mallorcan officials will enforce a new daily alcohol limit to curb drunken chaos caused by holidaymakers.
There’s now a cap of six drinks a day – rather than allowing tourists to drink as much as they like on their sun breaks.
The new rules, which allow three drinks with lunch and again three with dinner, apply to the top destinations of Magaluf and Majorcaas well as some spots on Ibiza.
Balearic officials hope the new plan will help boost the image of party resorts known for their boozy demeanor.
However, hoteliers fear holidaymakers will avoid affected areas and instead opt for resorts outside the new control zones.
Major travel agency Thomas Cook updated customers on the new rules for package holidays, stating: “Please note that the Balearic Islands government has issued a decree imposing a new restriction on all-inclusive meals.
“A maximum of six alcoholic drinks can be served per person per day, and these drinks are only offered at lunch and dinner (three each).
“Please note that new All Inclusive restrictions are in place in Magalluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza.”
And the new all-inclusive rule isn’t the only rule imposed by Balearic leaders, who have banned pub crawls and halted the sale of alcohol in shops from 9:30pm to 8am in certain areas.
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Advertising party boats is also prohibited in certain areas.
Tourists are being warned about the new rules, which came into effect back in 2020, as thousands are expected to fly to Spain during the first full summer season since the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Balearic Islands Tourism Minister, Iago Negueruela, previously said: “We want tourists – we don’t want this type of tourism.
“We want to stop bad behavior.
“We will increase the police presence in these areas and the number of inspectors – we will have zero tolerance for tourism excesses.”
Travel association ABTA said it “strongly” supports the new alcohol restriction measures.
A spokesman said: “ABTA will continue to work with the Balearic Government, ABTA members and other parties to promote clear communication and information sharing to ensure holidaymakers traveling to hotels in the designated areas have a positive customer experience enjoy.”
Meanwhile, Irish holidaymakers are in Spain could face a hefty fine for a simple mistake after leaving the beach this summer.
Police will pay attention to the clothing choices of some beachgoers in some sunny locations.
Most public roads in Spain require you to cover yourself to some extent.
But on the streets of Barcelona and Mallorca, police are known to be extremely strict with the rule, fining holidaymakers €300 per risky choice of clothing.
Once you’re on the beach, you can wear swimwear, bikinis or swimming trunks, and even sunbathe topless in most regions.
But on the way to and from the beach, vacationers must cover themselves.
Outfits and swimwear chosen for the beach are often prohibited on the street.
It’s also illegal for men to go topless in some areas of Spain, so bring a t-shirt and blanket before heading out on the beach.
Bikinis, swim shorts and other see-through swimwear are also prohibited on the streets.
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