‘Loutish behaviour’ and ‘alcohol tourism’ targeted in Mallorca poster drive

Local authorities on Spain's holiday Island of Mallorca have put up 20 posters warning of heavy penalties for nudity, fighting and other alcohol-fuelled misbehaviour.

'Loutish behaviour' and 'alcohol tourism' targeted in Mallorca poster drive
Drunken behaviour on the Punta Ballena street in Magaluf holiday resort in Mallorca. Photo: AFP

Revellers in the Balearic tourist town of Magaluf can be fined up to €500 (£440; $580) for drinking in the street and €400 if they strip off or “shout, fight or bother” people, brightly coloured posters say with the hashtag #havefunwithrespect.   

A statement issued by the council said the banners, in English and Spanish, had been put up to “encourage citizenship” in spots known for loutish behaviour.  

The posters have appeared in Magaluf this week. Photo: Calvia Town Hall

“The campaign is aimed at young people who usually walk these streets,” the statement said, adding it wanted to reduce “alcohol tourism”. 

The popular resort of Magaluf is known for attracting young party-goers — mainly from Britain and Ireland — to its beaches, bars and nightclubs.   

However, the local authorities have begun to clamp down on anti-social behaviour in recent years, imposing fines running into hundreds of euros.   

In 2017, 785 complaints were filed for drinking alcohol in the street. Sanctions given to revellers walking around naked or half-naked in unauthorised spaces were issued 68 times.

The penalties displayed on the posters were announced in March.

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Two Americans die scaling sea cliffs in Spain

Two American men have plunged to their deaths while scaling sea cliffs on Spain's holiday island of Mallorca, police said on Wednesday.

Two Americans die scaling sea cliffs in Spain
Two men die scaling sea cliffs in Mallorca. Photo: cocoparisienne / Pixabay

The bodies of the pair – aged 25 and 35 – were found on Monday floating in the water near the Cueva de es Cossi in the east of the Mediterranean island, a spokeswoman for the Guardia Civil police said.

They had been practising deep-water soloing, a form of rock climbing without ropes that relies solely on the presence of water at the base of a climb to protect against injury from falls.

“It appears that there was a rockslide and they fell,” the spokeswoman said.

Emergency services rushed to the scene after being alerted by swimmers in the area who spotted the badly bruised bodies of the two men floating in the water, she added.

Spain’s maritime rescue service recovered their remains, which were taken to the nearby port of Portocolom.

The area has long been popular for deep water soloing, also known as psicobloc.

While the sport is usually practised on sea cliffs at high tide, it can also be done on climbs above reservoirs and rivers.