Palma (dpa) - With new regulations, the regional government of the Balearic Islands wants to take action against so-called drinking tourism in Mallorca and Ibiza. Now a decree has been passed, according to which all-inclusive hotels, for example at Playa de Palma, may no longer offer unlimited free alcohol from February.
The new law does not apply to the whole of Mallorca, but only to two areas of the Spanish island that are considered problematic: for the Playa, the so-called Ballermann, and the British holiday capital Magaluf in the southwest. The region of Sant Antoni de Portmany in Ibiza is also affected.
As Minister of Tourism Iago Nerueguela explained, all-inclusive hotels in these areas are only allowed to offer three alcoholic drinks for free for lunch and dinner. In addition, happy hours and other offers that invite excessive alcohol consumption are prohibited in bars and restaurants. Shops and businesses are no longer allowed to sell alcohol between 9:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., pub crawls at a fixed price are also blocked.
Jumping from hotel balconies is now also legally prohibited. Incidents of this type have repeatedly caused holidaymakers serious or even fatal injuries in recent years.
Violations can result in severe penalties: holidaymakers who jump off the balcony despite being banned are expelled from the hotel and have to pay up to EUR 60,000. Hotel operators and owners of bars or shops can even be fined up to 600,000 euros for serving alcohol without permission.
Communication from the regional government