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Ibiza And Majorca Have Banned Pub Crawls And Happy Hours

The resorts of Palma and Magaluf in Majorca, and San Antonio in Ibiza have been synonymous with clubbing holidays for years, but for how much longer?

The Balearic Islands government have introduced new laws which are set to reduce the amount of binge drinking carried out by holidaymakers and help shift the reputation of these popular party holiday destinations.

What exactly is this new law?

The new government legislation will see the three Spanish hotspots place a ban on free bars, happy hours (or similar) and self-service drink dispensers. Pub crawls and the advertisement of drinking routes will be prohibited in the areas affected.

For the next two years, the advertising of party boats will also be banned, and boats will not be able to pick up or return customers to these areas. In addition to the above, shops selling alcohol will close between 9.30 pm and 8 am under the new law.

When will it come into effect?

The laws were introduced last Friday with immediate effect and will be in place for five years.

Why has the law been introduced in Ibiza and Majorca?

The new law, which is the first of its kind in Europe, was implemented to force real change and to develop a more sustainable and respectful tourism sector by 2030. It follows the introduction of a tourist tax across the Balearic Islands to raise funds for sustainable tourism.

Will any other Balearic Islands be affected?

The remaining Balearic islands of Menorca and Formentera were not mentioned.

What does this mean for all inclusive holidaymakers?

The new law will also see all inclusive hotels restricting the number of alcoholic drinks they serve to holidaymakers.

Can you recommend any similar destinations for party holidays?

If you want to spend your holiday hitting the town, why not try these lively hotspots:

By day, you can explore somewhere new or relax on the beach, and by night, these resorts come alive. Party with the stars, under the stars, attend legendary events or step out of your comfort zone and do something you've never done before.

What do you think about the crackdown on booze tourism? Will you still holiday to these resorts? Tweet @icelollyholiday and let us know!

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