Magaluf to ban alcohol from all-inclusive holidays

The Mallorcan resort aims to strengthen measures against drunken tourism

Party-travellers will soon have one less option for their hedonistic holidays as the Mallorcan resort has decided to fight alcohol overuse.

The council of Calvià is considering a proposal to ban all-inclusive programs that offer free alcohol.

The authorities are reacting to the fact that the number of Magaluf’s visitors is dropping significantly while “drunkness tourism” appears to be a key factor.

The representatives of Calviá aim to reduce aggressive offers made by some bars and establishments — zixia / Shutterstock Magaluf to ban alcohol from all-inclusive holidays
The representatives of Calviá aim to reduce the aggressive offers made by some bars and establishments – zixia / Shutterstock

“The Town Hall of Calvià is taking measures, from the beginning of the legislature, to put a halt to drunkenness tourism whose culture is basically the excessive consumption of alcohol, that comes from aggressive offers made by some bars and establishments,” a council spokesperson told the Independent.

“One of the actions that has been carried out is to request that the all-inclusive offer is regulated in the sense that it ought to include quality parameters, and that the consumption of free alcohol is eliminated.

“The mayor of Calvià has submitted this request, but the law has not yet been modified.

“An information campaign for hotel and leisure establishments has taken place, reminding them of the responsibilities they have when serving alcoholic beverages to their customers.”

Last year, the council decided upon tight legislation against alcohol overuse in the region. They introduced a set of 64 laws to regulate anti-social behaviour linked to drunkeness.

The number of people visiting the Magaluf resort in Mallorca is dropping with alcohol overuse being a significant factor — Shutterstock Magaluf to ban alcohol from all-inclusive holidays
The number of people visiting the Magaluf resort in Mallorca is dropping, with alcohol overuse considered a significant factor – Shutterstock

Apart from prohibiting café and bar owners to serve anyone who is already visibly under the influence of alcohol, the measures explicitly prohibit sexual behaviour in public places as well as urinating and even spitting.  

Similar restrictions are being in place in Hvar, Croatia, and even in Sunny Beach in Bulgaria, where the fight against abusive drinkers started in August last year.  

Recently, Aya Napa has introduced new legislation to limit young party-goers and attract family holiday-makers instead.