New Alcohol Restrictions in Ibiza and Mallorca Aim to Promote Responsible Tourism

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 14, 2024 23:30 PMNews
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In response to years of disturbances from unruly tourists, the Balearic Islands, encompassing popular Spanish destinations like Mallorca and Ibiza, have implemented strict new regulations regarding alcohol consumption. As part of a revised 2020 decree, these Mediterranean hotspots are enforcing measures to transition from the infamous 'sun, sex, and sangria' tourism to a more responsible and respectful visitor experience.

Starting immediately, alcohol sales in stores will be prohibited between 9.30pm and 8am in specific tourist areas, including Llucmajor and Palma in Mallorca, as well as Sant Antoni in Ibiza. This decision aims to curb the excessive nightlife activities that have previously led to public disturbances. The regulation, however, does not affect bars, restaurants, and clubs which can continue to sell alcoholic beverages during these hours.

Additionally, the new law includes severe fines for consuming alcohol in public streets outside of licensed areas, with penalties ranging from €500 to €3,000 for particularly disruptive behaviors. These changes are part of a broader effort by the Balearic government to promote responsible tourism, supported by a €16 million funding package allocated for increased security and the enforcement of these new rules.

The Balearic Islands' economy is heavily reliant on tourism, which generates over 45% of the regional GDP. Recognizing the importance of sustainable and respectful tourism, authorities have shifted their terminology from "excess tourism" to "responsible tourism." This reflects a commitment to maintaining the islands’ economic vitality while ensuring the quality of life for both residents and visitors.

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