The island has demanded a ban on booze advertising, which was approved by the City Council of Palma. The move will see five hotspots within the Spanish territory become “Special Tourist Interest Zones” from April 1. Local news website ABC Society reports: “This period covers a total of six months, from April 1 to September 30.
This affects Playa de Palma, Paseo Marítimo, the city centre, Cala Major and the Joan Miró Avenue.” The council cited reasons for the crackdown such as favouring a responsible consumption of alcohol, stamping out uncivil behaviours, improving citizen security, protecting minors and attempting to preserve the quality of life of the neighbours.
The ban means events encouraging the consumption of alcohol through flyers and posters over the six-month period will see offenders fined between 2,200 and 3,000 euros.
So-called “biergardens” that rake in huge sums welcoming customers to designated areas in Palma have been told to isolate themselves further with glass panels or high fencing.
In some areas of Majorca, such as Playa de Palma, tourists have already been banned from eating food and drink in public areas between the hours of 5pm and 8pm.
This was enforced to avoid noise, littering and discomfort to neighbours.
The crackdown follows news Italy is planning to fine holidaymakers for wearing flip flops.
Italian officials are threatening to slap holidaymakers with penalties of up to £2,500 for walking along trails along Italy’s Cinque Terre coastline.
The crackdown is being launched as mountain rescuers express fury at having to save day-trippers stranded on steep narrow footpaths linking coastal villages in Liguria. Charges ranging from £50 could be levied on holidaymakers who ignore the warnings.
Patrizio Scarpellini, the head of the Cinque Terre national park, said: “The problem is that people come here thinking they are at the seaside, but the paths above the villages are like mountain trails.
“First we will introduce the information campaign, then we’ll start issuing fines.”
Volunteers from hiking group the Italian Alpine Club often lead rescue missions.