Friday 24 November 2017

64 things you can't do in Magaluf this summer

Laser beams, taking tops off and climbing trees are just some of the actions now banned in the Mallorcan resort

Punta Ballena, Magaluf in 2014. Photo: JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images
Punta Ballena, Magaluf in 2014. Photo: JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images
Magaluf, Mallorca (Majorca)
Punta Ballena, Magaluf, in 2014. Photo: JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images
Punta Ballena, Magaluf, in 2014. Photo: JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images

Soo Kim

Misbehaving tourists in Magaluf could be fined up to €3,000 if they fall foul of an extensive set of rules unveiled by the local council this week.

A long list of banned activities in the Mallorca resort best known for alcohol-fuelled debauchery includes the obvious (urinating, spitting, and being naked on the streets), as well as the more unusual (climbing trees and using soap in public showers, to name but a couple).

The measures, which were initially approved last year by the town hall of Calvia (the region of the island that includes Magaluf and Palmanova), are the latest attempt to crack down on bad behaviour among tourists and clean up the image of Magaluf.

There has even been talk of transforming it into an upmarket, family-friendly destination.

Magaluf, Mallorca (Majorca)
Magaluf, Mallorca (Majorca)

The fines range from €100 to €599 for “minor” offences, including throwing cigarette butts or shining a laser beam on the streets, to more “serious” misdemeanours, for which the fine is €600 to €1,499 and “very serious” violations, including serving alcoholic drinks to those under the age of 18, where which will incur fines ranging from €1,500 to €3,000.

Local bars and cafes can also face fines for serving alcohol to those who are already drunk, or serving drinks or food to be consumed on the street, while owners must “ensure good order” and event organisers “must guarantee people’s safety”.

The 64 new rules for Magaluf

  1. No arguing or fighting in public places
  2. No abusive language
  3. Respect others
  4. Don't damage street furniture
  5. Co-operate with the police or officials
  6. Respect tourist facilities
  7. Don't cause any interference to public events
  8. Must not give false information about your identity
  9. Can't carry any sort of prohibited weapon
  10. Must not disrespect police officers
  11. No shining of laser beams
  12. Respect any physical barriers put in place by the police
  13. Event organisers to guarantee people's safety
  14. Bar and cafe owners have to ensure good order
  15. They mustn't serve anyone already drunk
  16. And not serve alcohol to anyone under 18
  17. Never serve drink or food to consume on the street
  18. Stop customers going out in the street with glasses or bottles
  19. Don't damage litter bins, statues, parks, gardens and so on
  20. It's forbidden to rip off branches from trees
  21. Also to carve names or initials into the bark
  22. Don't climb trees
  23. Don't throw litter into the road
  24. Do not damage flowers in parks
  25. Don't cause discomfort to others with skateboards or balls
  26. No defecating, urinating or spitting in public places
  27. Don't throw chewing gum, cigarette butts, cans, papers, etc
  28. Do not interfere with street lighting
  29. Ban on any type of graffiti
  30. No scratching surfaces
  31. Public event organisers must ensure proper conduct of guests
  32. Adhere to safety rules on the beaches
  33. Don't swim when red flag flying
  34. Or bathe anywhere it is prohibited
  35. Do not wash garments under the beach showers
  36. Do not leave jars, buckets or containers under them
  37. Don't drink directly from the showers
  38. it is absolutely forbidden to have sexual relations in a public place or anywhere visible from public places
  39. No begging
  40. No collecting money for sand castles unless council approves structures
  41. Any activity which might cause obstruction on public highway or interfere with other people's mobility is forbidden
  42. No begging in the street
  43. No authorised services in the public space, such as tarot, clairvoyance, massages or tattoos.
  44. No tipping off anyone about the presence of the police
  45. Comply with noise limits-  i.e. with music on the beach
  46. Don't drink alcoholic beverages in public spaces when it may cause discomfort to people who use the public space and in living locally (unless at a previously authorised event).
  47. Don't drink alcohol if it is going to harm the peacefulness of an area or lead to drunkenness.
  48. Or if drinking alcohol is done in a demeaning way which would upset other people
  49. Or if there are children around.
  50. Behave at organised events or it is the duty of the organiser to call the police.
  51. Put drink containers into bins
  52. Don't throw down bottles or cans etc on the street
  53. Bottle parties in the street in public places are banned
  54. Respect the right of people to rest, especially between 8pm and 8am
  55. No taking away drinks, whatever containers they are in, to have in the street. Owners should have warning signs in various languages, including English
  56. Commercial establishments can't sell you alcohol between midnight and 8am
  57. It's illegal to take drugs or other substances in public places
  58. It's forbidden to go naked or semi-naked in the street
  59. Must wear tops - i.e. no bare chests in public places away from the beach
  60. Forbidden to use any glass vessel or glass in the sand and adjacent areas
  61. Can't use soap or gel under the public showers
  62. Balconing (jumping from a balcony into a swimming pool)
  63. Coercing others to do balconing
  64. Gambling in the street

Many of the new restrictions were reportedly proposed as a response to nearly 15,000 complaints made annually by locals to the council and police.

The latest ruling forms part of a five-year, multi-million regeneration programme first introduced in 2015, for which British police were sent to Magaluf to help keep tourists in check.

The initiative was in part a response to a film of an 18-year-old woman performing sex acts on 24 men during a pub crawl on the Punta Ballena strip that went viral.

Last month, a new regulation that limits music noise in establishments to less than 60 decibels was introduced in the area, with 65 decibels – equivalent to laughter or a hair dryer – triggering a sound limiter that automatically mutes the volume.

Punta Ballena, Magaluf, in 2014. Photo: JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images
Punta Ballena, Magaluf, in 2014. Photo: JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images

Some of the new laws have already been enforced. This month 19 British tourists were fined for running naked through the streets of Palmanova and two drunk British men at Palma airport were charged for attacking police officers, according to the Majorca Daily Bulletin.

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