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Majorca, Ibiza Crack Down on Booze Tourism

The popular party destinations (Arenal, Magaluf and the known as San Antonio‘s West End on Ibiza) just passed new restrictions on parties and alcohol in a first-of-its-kind ruling. Pub crawls have been completely banned, as have advertisements that promote the consumption of alcohol, free bars and happy hours. And you can now only buy alcohol between 8 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

The government of the Balearic Islands is also cracking down on party boats and “balconing”.  The government has also suspended granting party boat licenses and imposed restrictions on activity in certain areas for at least the next five years.

And fines for even the most minor offences range from 1,000 euros to 6,000 euros. Serious offences ( the sale of alcoholic beverages outside of permitted hours, happy hours) are punishable by fines of € 6,001 to € 60,000. Very serious offences are punishable by fines of € 60,001 to € 600,000, and may also entail the closure of the establishment for a maximum period of three years, depending on the circumstances that arise.

The government believes these behaviours, “most of which are directly related to alcohol abuse, in certain tourist areas of Mallorca and Ibiza,” may have tarnished the region’s reputation, as well as public and private investments. 

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