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Milo Boyd

Full list of Majorca's rules for Brits from drinks limits to dress codes and bar shutdowns

Holidaymakers have been barred from drinking too many drinks and wearing the wrong clothes in the Balearic islands.

The sun drenched islands - including Menorca, Ibiza and Majorca - are a huge draw for tourists every year, with 16.4million people visiting there in 2022 - almost exactly the same as the pre-Covid 2019 figure.

However in a bid to combat drunken tourism, a series of strict new rules have been put in place in recent years.

On Friday the Balearic Government and the British Embassy launched a joint campaign to restate zero tolerance for "tourism of excesses". The consul, Lloyd Milen, said at the launch: "We all have a responsibility to know the rules, comply with them and guarantee an excellent vacation for ourselves and those around us."

We take a look at some of the biggest new rules you need on your radar before heading to the islands - check them out below.

Smoking bans

Several new laws have been introduced in recent years (Getty Images)

A total of 28 beaches on the Balearic Islands have now banned people from smoking in a bid to improve people's health and slash the litter problem of cigarette butts being left on the sand.

In Ibiza, smoke-free beaches include Playa de Santa Eulalia del Río and Playa de Talamanca, while in Menorca you can head to Binissafúller or Platja Gran.

In Majorca those with smoking bans include Sant Joan, Sa Platgeta, Santa Ponsa, Cala Estància, Cala Sant Vicenç and Caló des Moro.

The beaches taking part in the scheme now have four-metre banners declaring their smoke free status with QR codes linking to extra information.

There are no fines for those who are caught lighting up as the people behind the scheme are hoping to appeal to members of the public's sense of responsibility.

All-inclusive drink limit

Hotels won't keep dishing out the drinks (MDM)

Holidaymakers heading to Magaluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza are now being limited to six alcoholic drinks per day.

These will be distributed evenly between lunch and dinner - meaning tourists will only be offered three free drinks per meal. Any extra alcoholic beverages will need to be paid for.

The new law will apply to resorts on islands including Ibiza and Majorca, as well as some hotels in the Balearic Islands.

Restaurant and resort dress codes

Last year dress codes were adopted by 11 restaurants that are associated with Palma Beach resorts and involve a number of banned items of clothing, including football shirts, strapless vest tops and swimsuits.

Banned items include:

  • Tank tops without straps

  • Swimming trunks

  • Swimsuits

  • Any accessories purchased from street vendors

  • Football strips

If you're heading out, it's always worth double checking dress codes for your restaurant or bar to avoid being turned away at the door.

Bar shutdowns

While this change isn't likely to see you get into any trouble with the authorities - unless you decide to buy a bar while on holiday - you may return to the Balearics this summer to find your favourite spot gone.

Last summer the authorities announced that eight bars in Magaluf and Playa de Palma in Majorca were facing closure under the new Decree Law on Excessive Tourism, according to the Majorca Daily Bulletin.

Bars in Playa de Palma have been shut down (CATI CLADERA/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

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.

Restaurant no shows

Fines are sometimes handed out for restaurant no shows (Getty Images)

Brits heading to Majorca on holidays could find themselves fined if they fall asleep by the pool and turn up late for a meal.

Restaurant owners on the Spanish island say they are fed up with "no shows" which are leaving them out of pocket.

They're also rallying against rival restaurants phoning up to book tables under bogus names as a way of staving off competition. In a bid to stop too many tables from remaining empty, Majorca's restaurant association, Restauración CAEB, has introduced a new policy.

In future customers will be asked for a credit card number when a reservation is made. If the diners fail to turn up, they will be charged 20 per cent of the average anticipated bill.

Attending illegal parties

Clubbers face being slapped with a life-changingly large fine if they head to the wrong bash when on holiday on the islands.

Authorities in party islands Ibiza and Majora are getting strict on certain kinds of get-togethers this summer, and are not being shy when it comes to handing out serious financial penalties.

The Balearic Islands are going after clubbers who attend 'unlicensed events', as well as those who run them in a bid to crack down on increasingly rowdy shindigs on the Spanish island chain.

Police on Ibiza and Majorca have been given powers to shut parties down and they are able to issue fines at the end of the night.

If a party takes place in a protected natural space or too close to homes, everyone involved in organising, marketing and advertising - as well as participants - can be fined up to £25,000, local media reports.

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