Spanish holiday resort is to establish strict measures against anti-social behaviour
Getting the perfect tan on the upper body will soon become more complicated at the popular holiday resort of Mallorca.
The authorities of the Balearic islands’ capital, Palma de Mallorca, have started to wage war against what they call “excessive tourism”, which consists of drinking, nudity and anti-social behaviour.
New regulations implemented by the local government will require tourists to cover their body properly under a threat of a huge fine.
“This ordinance will not solve all the problems but gives the police tools to work with,” said Angelica Pastor, Palma’s councillor for security. “I hope that it helps to improve the city so we have a better coexistence in the main leisure areas.”
The new measures have been introduced after similar regulations took place in Magaluf in 2017. The popular party island has also banned free alcohol from all-inclusive holiday packages recently.
Mallorca, which has the reputation of a rowdy resort, followed rising complaints from the local population who opposed the questionable behaviour of visitors who, on the other hand, provide Mallorca’s main source of income.
“We will attack the tourism of excesses head-on,” said Palma‘s mayor, Antoni Noguera. “We will have the tools to avoid giving the wrong image of our city. It will help us improve Palma.”
The laws will also target so-called “hate crimes” involving locals taking matters into their own hands to deal with unruly tourists.
“We must all be part of the solution,” Noguera added.
The regulations will be approved after summer 2018 and will give police more power over the island’s entertainment industry.
Anyone caught wandering around topless or naked could face a fine up to $3,500.