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Spain holiday warning as new drinking laws come into force

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Spain’s Balearic islands have tightened strict drinking laws that were first introduced back in 2020.

Drinking on public roads in some areas of Majorca and Ibiza is now banned and British tourists could face a 3,000 euro (£2,574) fine if they’re caught doing so.

The latest ban came into effect on May 11 and will remain in place until December 31, 2027. After that point, local authorities hope the rule will no longer be needed.

The islands have already banned pub crawls, booze cruises, happy hours and two-for-one drink offers.

The local Government hopes that the rules will change the clientele and reputation of party resorts such as Magaluf and Ibiza.

What is the punishment for breaking the rules?

Tourists could be fined between 750 euros (£643) and 1,500 euros (£1,287) if their public drinking “disrupts coexistence, involves crowds or deteriorates the tranquillity of the environment”.

If the incident is considered to be very serious, the fine could be as high as 3,000 euros (£2,574) and people will be reported to their embassy.

There will be extra security in the areas subject to the ban as well as an awareness campaign highlighting the new rules.

Where does the ban cover?

The rules don’t apply throughout Majorca and are instead focused on just three areas of the island. Llucmajor, Palma and Calvia (Magaluf) are covered under the ban.

San Antonio in Ibiza is also covered by the ban and it also extends for one mile off the coast in all four destinations.

Party boats aren’t allowed to pick up or drop off passengers in any of these areas. Other areas of the islands aren’t subject to the laws.

‌Any exceptions to the rules?

Tourists are still allowed to drink on the terraces of the bars and restaurants but can’t walk along the street with a drink.

Shops that sell alcohol have to close between 9:30pm and 8am so tourists won’t be able to purchase it between those hours.

The local Government is expecting to lift the laws at the end of 2027 as they hope the rules will no longer be needed.

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