Big poll majority 'not put off' Balearic holidays by pub crawl curbs

Spanish resorts including Magaluf and Ibiza are cracking down on alcohol-fuelled holidays.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 6:05 am
New laws in the Balearics are aimed at cracking down on pub crawls and binge drinking.

The regional government in Spain’s Balearic Islands has passed a law banning the organisation and promotion of pub crawls, and public promotion of alcohol sales with “open bars” and “happy hours”.

Some people prefer a hedonistic time abroad. So we asked in our Facebook poll: “Does this put you off going on holiday there?” At the time of writing almost 700 people had voted, with 17% saying yes, 83% no. Some of the comments we received included the following.

Steven Thirlwell said: “They have only got themselves to blame for years of giving people cheap booze and letting people get away with outrageous behaviour that I’m also guilty of many years ago.

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“The trouble is now it’s gone to a different level and they wished they hadn’t promoted it in the first place.”

Michael Mountain pointed out: “You can still do a pub crawl. Just not promoted as ‘BOGOF’ etc.”

Richard Abbott-Brailey is all in favour of the new laws, saying: “The fewer drunken idiots there are vomiting and rolling in the streets, the better the holiday experience will be for others.”

Gary Ablett was less enthusiastic, saying: “Never been abroad, but if I did I’d love to do a pub crawl, so hopefully the ban gets overturned.”

Dave Calvert’s thoughts were: “No, We voted for Brexit. I'm not going to foreign places. Leave means leave.”