Are all-inclusive drinks holidays in Spain, Portugal and more now a waste? Full list of rules and the best places to go

Irish holidaymakers are being caught by new laws at Spanish all-inclusive resorts as they fly out to enjoy some much-needed summer sun.

New drinking rules were quietly introduced in January 2022, but Irish passengers are only just realizing that their all-inclusive deals now include a limit on alcohol.

Under the changes, “alcoholic drinks will be limited to six per day” as the Spanish government announced a package of measures designed to try to stamp out antisocial behaviour.

The crackdown affects certain tourist areas of the Balearic Islands, including Palma, Ibiza and Magaluf, all of which are popular with Irish tourists.

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Other new rules include a ban on pub crawls, happy hours and two-for-one drink deals, while shops in affected resorts will be barred from selling alcohol after 9:30 p.m. during the holiday season.

Those who try to deviate from the new guidelines in any way will face heavy fines, but Irish travel expert Eoghan Corry has said the laws should have been “better pointed out”.

Mr Corry explained to the Sunday Irish Mirror that as time goes on, all-inclusive deals could soon be a thing of the past, with people choosing not to pay if their alcohol is limited.

Are all-inclusive drinks holidays in Spain, Portugal and more now a waste? Full list of rules and the best places to go

He added: “It should have been better marked, but you have to remember that it is at the cheaper end of the all-inclusive business where this is.

“It’s not really at the premium end. All inclusive is controversial anyway because the tourist boards don’t like it as it keeps people at the resort and doesn’t get them into the local hotels and bars.

“Certainly in Europe, all-inclusive is becoming less and less of a thing.”

As many passengers express their confusion online, travel agents and hotels that provide all-inclusive deals must now list what is and isn’t included.

Tour operator Thomas Cook recently brought the new laws to the attention of its customers via email: “Please note that the Balearic Government has issued a decree on a new restriction for all-inclusive dining options.

“There is a maximum of six alcoholic beverages per person per day that can be served and these beverages will be provided during lunch and dinner only.

“Please note that in Magaluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza, there is a new restriction on all-inclusive.”

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