Irish tourists flying to Spain on all-inclusive holidays have been warned about a major crackdown on alcohol.
Officials in Ibiza and Mallorca will impose a new daily alcohol limit to curb the chaos caused by drunken tourists.
There will now be a limit of six drinks per day, instead of tourists being able to drink as much as they want on their breaks in the sun.
The new rules, which will allow three drinks at lunch and three again at dinner, will apply in the main destinations of Magaluf and Mallorca, as well as in some places in Ibiza.
Balearic officials hope the new plan will help clean up the image of party resorts, notorious for their alcoholic behaviour.
But hoteliers fear tourists will bypass affected areas and instead opt for resorts outside the new regulatory zones.
Leading travel agent Thomas Cook informed customers of the new package holiday rules, stating: “Please note that the Balearic Government has issued a decree on a new restriction for the All Inclusive meal option.
“There is a maximum of six alcoholic beverages per person per day that can be served and these beverages will be provided only during lunch and dinner (three each).
“Please note that Magalluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza, there is a new restriction on All Inclusive.”
And the new all-inclusive rule is not the only regulation imposed by the heads of the Balearic Government, who have prohibited bar routes and the sale of alcohol in stores from 9:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. in certain areas.
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Party boat advertising is also prohibited in certain areas.
Tourists are being warned about the new rules, which came into effect in 2020, as thousands appear set to travel to Spain for the first full summer tourist season since the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
Balearic Islands Tourism Minister Iago Negueruela previously said: “We want tourists, we don’t want this kind of tourism.
“We want to put an end to bad behavior.
“We will increase the police presence in these areas and the number of inspectors; we will have zero tolerance for excess tourism.”
The ABTA travel association said it “strongly supports” the new alcohol limit measures.
A spokesperson said: “ABTA will continue to collaborate with the Government of the Balearic Islands, ABTA members and other parties, to encourage clear communication and information sharing, in order to ensure that tourists traveling to hotels in the designated areas enjoy a positive customer experience.
Meanwhile, Irish tourists in Spain could face a hefty fine for a simple mistake after leaving the beach this summer.
The police in some sunny places will be keeping an eye on the clothing choices of some beachgoers.
Most public streets in Spain require you to cover yourself to a certain extent.
But on the streets of Barcelona and Mallorca, the police are known to be extremely strict with the rule and fine tourists €300 for risky clothing choices.
Once you’re on the beach, you can wear a bathing suit, bikini or bathing suit and even sunbathe topless in most regions.
But on the way to and from the beach, tourists need to cover up.
The outfits and swimsuits chosen for the beach are often prohibited on the street.
For men, going topless has also been banned in some areas of Spain, so make sure you wear a t-shirt and cover up before you leave the beach.
And bikinis, swim shorts and other see-through swimwear are also banned on the streets.