The Balearic government continues its assault on the region’s reputation for wild partying and alcoholism by imposing new rules and fines that will affect tourists and businesses for the foreseeable future.
For decades, the concept of ‘lads’ holidays and holiday rep culture have tarnished the reputation of the Balearic islands – and many other picturesque holiday locations globally.
Attempting to put that era to bed, any sort of ‘deals’ on alcohol like bulk deals and ‘happy hours’ are now strictly forbidden. The organisation and operation of ‘booze cruises’ and bar crawls are still explicitly prohibited.
Any retail units that sell alcohol, including shops and off-licenses, are to shut down between the hours of 21:300-08:00 every day. Individual limits have also been placed on all-inclusive holidaymakers, with a daily maximum of six alcoholic beverages – split into two banks of three at lunchtime and in the evening. Aside from alcohol, there are other new bans that have been introduced, including jumping between balconies – which has been a leading cause of death and injury to holidaymakers on the island for years.
All of the above changes are enforced in many areas across the Balearic region, including Ibiza and Malaga. Any businesses found to be in breach face fines of up to €600,000 and a three-year forced closure of business. Any individuals who break the rules can be fined up to €60,000.