MALLORCA’S beer gardens are now the latest targets of the clamp down on “drunken tourism” by local officials.
It’s all part of the campaign by tourism leaders on the Spanish island to stamp out on drunken behaviour and balconing.
The local council in the busy capital of Palma says clients of the “biergartens” must be hemmed in or the owners will face a huge fine.
A new directive has been agreed, which toughens up the rules on so-called civic tourism ahead of this summer’s season which, politicians fear, could be as noisy and unruly as before despite efforts to clean up the resort’s image.
Palma council says the beer gardens in certain zones must be fenced off to stop customers straying out on to the pavements and streets. Under no circumstances will they be allowed to take alcohol or food outside these areas.
The order comes info force in April and will be effective until the end of September.
Police will be given special powers to check the beer gardens within new areas being classified as Zones of Special Tourist Interest Zones.
It’s not just Brits who will feel the impact of the new rules as a number of streets in Palma known as the Dutch area will be included.
Palma councillors have also toughened the regulations concerning advertising of booze by banning it across the city.
This will include the seafront promenade where it will be an offence to promote any drinking promotions such as “two for one” offers or happy hours.
Such advertising will also be prohibited on the entire beach of Palma.
Failure to comply will be considered very serious and could lead to a fine of between 2,200 and 3,000 euros.
Palma’s council for citizen security, Angélica Pastor said the measures were designed to “promote the responsible consumption of alcohol, increase citizen security and guarantee the right to rest of residents.”
Last year, Sun Online Travel revealed how more than 120 police officers were patrolling the streets of Palma in the city’s “bad behaviour” clampdown.
And in Magaluf, there was a crackdown on happy hours at pubs and clubs.
Police were also drafted in to help enforce new rules.