In a bid to restore the town’s reputation, authorities in Magaluf on the Spanish island of Majorca, have introduced a number of new laws that come into force on 9 June 2015. These laws are set to change the resort’s rowdy nightlife forever.
The new rules are part of a clampdown on the behaviour that has led to the resort being associated with debauchery tourism. The local authority will be issuing fines to drunken revellers in a bid to clean up the resorts image.
The town council are also trying to stop people from ‘balconing’, the craze where someone jumps from balcony to balcony or into a swimming pool. Anyone caught breaking one of these new laws will be prosecuted and could be fined up to €1,500 (£1,000).
No drinking in public
Unless you’re in a place “reserved specifically for this purpose” you won’t be allowed to drink on the pavements between 10pm and 8am.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t stand outside a bar – it just means that you can’t be walking from bar to bar or back to your hotel while consuming alcohol.
It will be the bars will be responsible for making sure you don’t take your drinks off site.
Shops can’t sell booze through the night
This means you’ll have to stay in the bars and clubs, or hit the hotel mini bar if you want a drink.
Bar crawls are now regulated
To run a bar crawl, organisers/reps will now have to give seven days’ notice for bar crawls to be authorised. Groups will now be limited to just 20 people at a time.
There will also have to be someone trained in first aid along with security staff accompanying each group as well.
Don’t throw bottles, glasses or cans on the floor
It’s as obvious as that, don’t throw bottles, glasses or can on the floor.
Keep your clothes on and don’t urinate in public
Nakedness is now banned and the same goes for urinating in the street. Some of the new rules seem obvious, but even if you dare a mate to get their kit off, or encourage them to relieve themselves in public, you’ll get fined as well.
In an attempt to enforce these rules, 36 extra police officers are being brought in to patrol the Punta Ballena strip, and will have the help of CCTV cameras.
The British ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, said he wants Britions to enjoy Magaluf holidays, but to ‘respect the laws and customs of Spain’.
What do you think of these new laws? Will it put you off going to Magaluf?