Mallorca’s capital reinforces rules against drunken tourism
Police in Palma,the party capital of Mallorca, have already fined 60 pubs and clubs for breaching tough new rules which are aiming to stamp out drunken tourism.
The authorities say the nightspots have ignored warnings about promoting alcohol with happy hours and two-for-one offers, as well as not shutting their terraces on time or displaying posters about the right of local residents to have peace and quiet.
Palma council says it will continue with its tough stance throughout the summer “in a bid to control drunken tourism” and will intensify police patrols.
The new regulations which control the so-called five “Zones of Special Tourist Interest” were approved in April and are now swinging into action with the start of the busy summer season.
Palma says it will not tolerate bad behaviour or flouting of the rules and will hand out fines of up to 3,000 euros.
The legislation affects Cala Major, Palma centre, the sea-front promenade, the main square (Plaza de Gomila) and Playa de Palma.
They include a ban on the advertising of drinking com-petitions or excursions, as well as any special pro-motions which must not be visible from the road.
Restrictions are also in force in beer gardens which will have to be fenced off. Customers will only be able to drink and eat within these confines. Around 240 premises have already been warned they are not complying with the order.
In other areas, tipsy holiday-makers will not be able to eat food on their way back to their accommodation between the hours of 5am and 8am.
Of the 60 sanctions handed out so far, 45 were for premises which ignored the promotion of alcohol ban.
Palma council says it will also be watching out for unau-thorised selling.
The crackdown will conti-nue until September 30th when the main tourist season comes to a close.