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Ibiza Stamps Out Lawless Drunkenness With Tough New Alcohol Laws

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The pioneering crackdown ends pub crawls, happy hours and two-for-one cheap drink offers, and also curbs party boats – with holidaymakers who break the rules facing £50,000 fines.

Legislation approved by the Balearic Islands government is aimed at stamping out lawless drunkenness at its wildly popular party capitals.

It affects West End in Ibiza, and two resorts in Majorca – Brit favourite Magaluf, and s’Arenal, favoured by Germans.
Shops in the three areas will also be banned from selling alcohol between 9.30pm and 8am.

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Businesses who breach the new rules have been warned they could face fines of up to 600,000 euros Credit: Louis Wood - The Sun

According to the Sun, the crackdown, implemented through a special decree, also tackles a problem dubbed balconing in Spain.

It is meant to stop holidaymakers jumping between their hotel balconies and leaping into pools from their rooms.

Balearic Islands chiefs are cracking down on the antics of boozy Brits in Magaluf (Credit: Solarpix)

Regional government tourism chief Iago Negueruela described the decree as an “exceptional” measure designed to tackle “a specific problem in a specific area.”

A regional government spokesman said: “It’s the first law in Europe that restricts the promotion and sale of alcohol in specific tourist areas.”

The concession of new “party boat” licences will also be suspended, with boats that are already licensed banned from embarking or disembarking tourists in the three areas covered by the decree.

Businesses who breach the new rules have been warned they could face fines of up to 600,000 euros (£510,000) and three-year closures.

The new law also takes aim at the so-called “balconing” craze.

Balconing is the term given to holidaymakers who decide to jump into a swimming pool from a hotel or apartment balcony, a stunt which claims several lives a year.

Ibiza Party Boat
(Image: oceanbeat.es)

Those caught jumping from balconies face fines of up to €60,000 euros (£50,000).

Local newspapers first highlighted the regional government’s plans to tackle drunken tourism with the new decree late last year.

Respected Spanish daily El Pais, reporting on the pioneering measures today, said: “The Balearic Islands bans free bars, ‘happy hours’ and 2×1 to put a brake on the excesses of drunken tourism.”

“Most of this type of behaviour is directly related to alcohol abuse in certain tourist areas of Majorca and Ibiza.”

Regional government spokesman

Council leaders have been mounting a fightback to try to clean up the image of resorts like Magaluf since it was rocked by scandal in 2014 when a British holidaymaker was filmed performing sex acts on 24 men.

The incident led Majorca’s top politician at the time, Jose Ramon Bauza, to dub Magaluf’s notorious party strip Punta Ballena as “500 metres of shame.”

Source: The Sun

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