Palma cracks down on outdoor drinking and bar promotions

Bars and holidaymakers breaking the new rules can face a fine of up to $3,400

A popular destination in the Balearic Islands is about to tighten its approach towards excessive drinking. From 1 April, Palma de Mallorca will introduce new measures against bar promotions such as happy-hours and two-for-one deals. It will also crack down on outdoor consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Palma de Mallorca will ban outdoor drinking and bar promotions from 1 April — Balate Dorin / Shutterstock Palma cracks down on outdoor drinking and bar promotions
Palma de Mallorca will ban outdoor drinking and bar promotions from 1 April — Balate Dorin / Shutterstock

The new restrictions will take place in the city’s areas of special touristic interest. The main locations will include Cala Major, Center, Paseo Maritimo and the entire Playa de Palma.

Bars in these areas breaking the new rules could now face fines of up to $3,400 (€3,000). The fine could also apply to holidaymakers for antisocial behaviour or causing a public nuisance.

Apart from forbidding the bars from “inciting to consume alcohol”, bars in certain streets must ensure customers do not take alcohol outside to drink on the street. The ban on outside consumption applies in the following streets: Carrer del Pare Bartomeu Salvà, Carrer del Llaüt and Carrer de les Canyes.

Bans on alcohol are taking over the island

The new measures follow the recent summit in Mallorca on excessive alcohol consumption by holidaymakers. Local authorities are now consulting another suggestion coming from the summit. The attendees have raised a proposal to limit alcohol consumption at all inclusive hotels.

Malaguf banned alcohol from all-inclusive offers last year — zixia / Shutterstock Palma cracks down on outdoor drinking and bar promotions
Magaluf banned alcohol from all-inclusive offers last year — zixia / Shutterstock

Similar restrictions were introduced in the popular resort of Magaluf near the Mallorca’s city of Calvià in June last year.

“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. It comes from aggressive offers made by some bars and establishments,” a council spokesperson told the Independent while announcing the legislation.

“One of the actions that have 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.”