Ibiza and Majorca introduce two new tough restrictions and Brits could face massive fines

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Ibiza and Majorca have introduced two stringent new restrictions, and Brits could be hit with hefty fines as the Spanish islands crack down on alcohol-fuelled antics.

The Balearic Islands are ramping up measures under the 2020 legislation that already prohibits the sale of alcohol from 9.30pm to 8am. Now, anyone found drinking on the streets outside these hours could face fines ranging from £430 to £1,290.

The updated rules, which came into effect today, aim to curb disturbances caused by partygoers in popular areas such as Palma and Magaluf in Majorca, and San Antoni in Ibiza. Additionally, party boats are now forbidden from operating within one nautical mile of several coastal cities and towns on the islands.

According to the Majorca Daily Bulletin, boat captains are also barred from picking up or dropping off passengers in these regions. This follows a previous ban on advertising for party boats in these areas.

Spanish officials have stated that this initiative is intended to "force a real change in the tourism model of those destinations.", reports the Mirror. The changes will impact the millions of British tourists who flock to the islands annually.

Speaking to the BBC, Luis Pomar, a spokesperson for the Balearic Islands' tourism council, noted that the 2020 law had already reduced disorderly conduct. He expressed optimism that the need for such regulations would diminish "in three to four years, if we instil in people how to behave."

Some businesses have criticised the stringent law, arguing that British holidaymakers and other tourists might opt for different destinations without such tight rules. However, officials are supporting the legislation, saying it's essential to tackle disorderly behaviour.

Palma mayor Jaime Martinez has been quoted by Sky News as saying one of the primary goals is to "correct uncivil attitudes,".

The legislative changes are being introduced while residents in Tenerife, located in the Canary Islands, express their frustration with overtourism. There have been reports of tourists encountering unwelcoming graffiti messages like "go home."

This new regulation is set to be in effect until December 31, 2027, with hopes from authorities that it will no longer be necessary after that date.

In a recent display of discontent, approximately 50,000 locals participated in protests last month against the tourism industry on the island. The Canary Islands have a 'limit'.

Footage showing thousands of demonstrators chanting "si vivimos del turismo por que no somos ricos? " ("If we are living from tourism then why are we not rich? ") has also been circulating on social media.