Tourists travelling to Spain warned about 'six drinks a day' alcohol ban - see the resorts affected

Magaluf beach aerial view
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Holidaymakers heading to Spain this summer might be in for a surprise, as some resorts have introduced bans and rules around drinking alcohol. The restrictions on alcohol consumption were implemented in 2022, but many sun-seeking Brits still aren't aware of the new rules.

The Spanish government rolled out these measures to curb anti-social behaviour, including limiting the consumption of alcoholic drinks to 'six per day' in tourist hotspots notorious for excessive drinking and unruly conduct. The bad behaviour of tourists has caused untold problems for local residents, according to the IrishMirror.

For those travelling to Mallorca, the rules will only be enforced in the resorts of Playa de Palma, Magaluf and El Arenal, according to thomascook.com. Restrictions will also be in place on the Balearic island of Ibiza as a whole.

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The legislation was put into effect in January 2022, capping all-inclusive guests to six alcoholic drinks per day - three at lunch and three at dinner. These new laws were introduced to tackle the "issues of over-consumption of alcohol," as reported by HotelManagement.net. But that's not all - happy hours and two-for-one drinks specials are set to be banned in certain areas, alongside the prohibition of advertising boat parties. Additionally, there will be no alcohol sales from 9.30 pm to 8 am any day of the week.

A spokesperson for the Balearic Islands government has stated that this legislation is intended to "force a real change in the tourism model of these destinations." Tourism Minister Iago Neguereula said that an 'increased police presence' could also be expected in the affected areas. He firmly added, "We will have zero tolerance for tourism in excesses."

The rules come at the same time as widespread protests against tourism amid a housing crisis in Spain, with some Brits vowing to holiday elsewhere as a result. But for those still planning a tipple in the Balearics this year, fear not - the popular resorts of Santa Ponsa, Alcudia, Santa Eulalia, Es Cana and the whole island of Menorca are excluded from the rules.

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