New rules on what clothes to wear, booze limits and how to sightsee – all the restrictions hitting tourists in Spain | The Sun

SPAIN has long been a favourite holiday destination for Brits – but new rules across the country could now affect your trip.

In a bid to prevent visitors from making life difficult for locals, regulations have been introduced ranging from limits on booze to clothing rules.

Here we run through a list of the changes and what they could mean for your trip to Spain this summer.

Booze limits

In parts of the Balearics, all-inclusive guests have been limited to six drinks a day at their hotel resorts, in order to reduce public drunkenness.

Previously there were no limits for holidaymakers who had paid for such packages, but the local government has brought the change in, with disorderly behaviour a problem in the past.

The rules apply to both Magaluf and Palma on Mallorca, as well as parts of Ibiza, also mean pub crawls and drinks offers, such as two-for-one and happy hour, are also banned.

The sale of alcohol in shops is prohibited between 9.30pm and 8am.

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In certain parts of Catalonia, authorities have banned dancing at beach bars, again to try and cut back on drunken behaviour.

Meanwhile, fireworks have been banned at other beach spots, to try and prevent fires.

Football Shirts

Restaurants in Playa de Palma in Mallorca have drawn up a dress code that locals hope will limit anti-social and drunken behaviour.

Football shirts are banned as part of the code, while going topless is not an option either.

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Swimsuits and items bought from street vendors will also prevent customers from getting served, with a number of places putting a QR code on their entrances for guests to check the dress code.

Swimwear in public

Playa de Palma is not the only place in Spain where swimwear has been deemed inappropriate.

Barcelona and Malaga have both also banned tourists from walking the streets in either bikinis, or swimming trunks without a top on.

Fines of up to £300 could be handed out to any rule breakers.

Tour Guides

The swimwear rule is not the only new regulation to have been brought in in Barcelona, as the city looks to maintain a certain image this summer.

Officials in the city have also limited the number of people who can join tours to 15, to prevent the streets from filling up with visitors.

Additionally, tours will only be allowed to travel in one direction and will be limited to 24 streets.

Megaphones have also been banned following noise complaints from local residents.

Urinating in the sea

The popular holiday resort of Vigo has banned weeing in the sea with fines up to €750 (£640) for anyone caught.

The coastal region in the northwest of Spain has issued the new warning which bans urinating "in the sea or on the beach".

It is now a minor infraction due to being a hygiene and sanitary risk, meaning tourists will be fined if they break the rules.


The beach may seem like the perfect place for a barbecue, but in certain parts of Spain that could land you with a big fine.

In San Pedro Del Pinatar, in Murcia, a fine of €1,500 could be the punishment for any seaside chefs.

The medieval town of Salobreña also forbid the use of barbecues on beaches and those caught breaking the rules will be landed with a heftier €3,000 fine.

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Stag and hen dos have been warned about stricter rules in the Costa del Sol this summer while several beaches in Spain have also imposed smoking bans on their beaches.

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