Magaluf bars could face closure this summer in holiday blow for Brits

Brits planning a boozy trip to Spanish islands this summer may find that their options are limited.

As many as eight bars in Magaluf and Playa de Palma in Majorca are facing having to close their doors for good over the coming months.

They may lose their licenses for infractions against the Decree Law on Excessive Tourism, the Majorca Daily Bulletin reports.

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The new legislation was brought in by the Balearic Parliament at the beginning of the year in a bid to clean up parts of the party islands.

Four bars in each of Magaluf and Playa de Palma had received precautionary closure notices, while four of them had already kicked into action.

The Magaluf bars had been cautioned for selling alcohol outside of their hours and for the degrading treatment of women.

In Playa de Palma, the closure notices were sent to premises which breached licensing hours laws, and sold booze to minors.

Since the law was brought in 27 fines have been issued in Magaluf alone, with premises also pinged for party boat infringements and balconing.

The Balearic Islands have been cracking down on partying visitors in recent months. For example, tourists are already being asked to sign a 'good behaviour pledge' and will be restricted to six drinks a day at all inclusive hotels.

The Balearic government has also put a stop to pub crawls, the sale of alcohol in shops between 9.30pm and 8am, and advertising party boats in some areas.

Earlier this year, Tourism minister Iago Negueruela had already suggested that a crackdown was imminent. Speaking at a conference he said: “We want British tourists – we don't want this type of tourism.

"British tourism is essential for our islands. We share with the British government the view that some images of British tourists are embarrassing.

“We want to put a stop to bad behaviour. We will increase the police presence in these areas and the number of inspectors – we will have zero tolerance for tourism excesses.”

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It has not been announced which bars have been closed, and it remains to be seen if their closure will be permanent.


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