Thousands of delighted Brits jet off to Ibiza for May Bank Holiday

Ibiza is back! Spanish island’s clubs are packed for the first time since the Covid pandemic began – despite fury at nanny-state rules limits all-inclusive holidaymakers to just SIX free drinks a day

  • They soaked up the sun on beaches, danced the night away in nightclubs and indulged in glasses of sangria
  • The Mediterranean island is preparing for the first summer season since the pandemic forced it to close down 
  • While Spanish officials have sparked outrage by enforcing a ‘six drinks a day’ rule for all-inclusive holidays

Thousands of delighted Britons have now arrived in sunny Ibiza to escape the ‘mixed bag of spring weather’ in the UK for the May Bank Holiday.

The British tourists soaked up the sun on beaches, danced the night away in nightclubs and indulged in the odd glass of sangria. 

The Spanish Mediterranean island, summer outpost for major European nightclubs, is preparing for the first summer season since the Covid-19 pandemic forced the island to close down. 

Ibiza’s opening parties, including Pacha, O Beach and Defected Ibiza, normally kick-off at the start of May, with the season lasting until September. 

Meanwhile, Spanish officials have sparked outrage by enforcing a ‘six drinks a day’ rule for all-inclusive holidays and in resorts on islands including Ibiza and Majorca.

The new law, which affects some hotels in the Balearic Islands, means that holidaymakers are forced to pay extra if they want more than three free alcoholic drinks per meal.

Spanish officials first announced the new law in January but its has caught out hundreds of British holiday-makers who are now arriving in the islands. 

Local authorities in Spain introduced the booze ban in January this year, which affects certain resort areas of the Balearic Islands, including Palma, Ibiza and Magaluf.

The new law – which states ‘alcoholic drinks will be limited to six per day’ – is part of a package of measures designed to crack down on anti-social behaviour.

These also believed to include bans on pub crawls, happy hours and two-for-one drinks offers, which are all being enforced by hefty fines.

Tourists enjoy Playa es Bol Nou beach as Ibiza is preparing for the first summer season since the Covid-19 pandemic forced the island to close down

Tourists dance inside a discotheque near Playa d’en Bossa beach in front of an empty swimming pool 

The British tourists soaked up the sun on beaches, danced the night away in nightclubs and indulged in the odd glass of sangria (tourists dance in the Pacha Ibiza nightclub on Saturday)

Full dance floor at the opening of the Pacha Ibiza nightclub, with a capacity of 3,900 people on April 30 in Ibiza, Spain

A DJ plays music with dancers around him to liven up the atmosphere as the first customers enter the discotheque

The Spanish Mediterranean island of Ibiza, summer outpost for major European nightclubs, is preparing for the first summer season since the Covid-19 pandemic forced the island to close down (tourists enjoy the Ses Salines beach as one young man throws himself off the platform)

Meanwhile, Spanish officials have sparked outrage by enforcing a ‘six drinks a day’ rule for all-inclusive holidays and in resorts on islands including Ibiza and Majorca (two women walk towards a discotheque at d’en Bossa beach)

The new law, which affects some hotels in the Balearic Islands, means that holidaymakers are forced to pay extra if they want more than three free alcoholic drinks per meal (a couple catch some rays at Playa es Bol Nou beach)

Dancers put on make-up backstage to perform at the Pacha nightclub

Spanish officials first announced the new law in January but its has caught out hundreds of British holiday-makers who are now arriving in the islands (Playa es Bol Nou beach is covered by sunbathing tourists)

Full dance floor at the opening of the Pacha Ibiza nightclub as a performer flexes in a strongman pose

Toti, waiter at the beach club of the Ushuaia, prepares the sunbeds on the beach for the customers

Local authorities in Spain introduced the booze ban in January this year, which affects certain resort areas of the Balearic Islands, including Palma, Ibiza and Magaluf (tourists enjoy the sunset at Escondida beach)

The new law – which states ‘alcoholic drinks will be limited to six per day’ – is part of a package of measures designed to crack down on anti-social behaviour (full dance floor at the opening of the Pacha Ibiza nightclub)

These also believed to include bans on pub crawls, happy hours and two-for-one drinks offers, which are all being enforced by hefty fines (tourists on the Ses Salines beach)

Holidaymakers writing on social media have reacted furiously to the new laws, which many feel have not been widely publicised.

One Twitter user believed that inclusive holidays with booze limits should be marketed as ‘half-board’ – and called for hotel contracts where this wasn’t clearly stated to be ripped up.

He said: ‘Brits will now be restricted to just six drinks a day, which can only be accessed alongside their lunch and dinner – offering them a mere three drinks per meal.

‘[That’s] usually referred to as “Half Board Plus”. It’s time to cancel the hotel contracts for All Inclusive basis.’

A spokesperson for the ABTA – The Travel Association said the rules have the potential to cause ‘confusion’ among holidaymakers.

They said: ‘ABTA strongly supports initiatives that improve the health and safety of holidaymakers, as well as the welfare of local communities.

‘Some of the measures introduced by the Balearic Islands authorities to limit anti-social behaviour have potential to cause confusion for UK holidaymakers.

‘We welcome the recent clarification from the authorities, including that the restrictions will only apply to certain limited areas in Mallorca and Ibiza rather than the whole of the Balearics as originally proposed.

‘ABTA will continue to engage with the Balearic Islands Government, ABTA Members and other parties, to encourage clear communication and exchange of information, in order to ensure holidaymakers travelling to hotels in the designated areas enjoy a positive customer experience.’

Travel operator Thomas Cook recently alerted their customers to the crack down on free booze through an email.

They said: ‘Please be advised that a decree has been issued by the Balearic Government on a new restriction for All Inclusive meal option.

‘There is a maximum of six alcoholic drinks per person per day that can be served and these drinks will be provided only during lunch and dinner (three each).

‘Please be aware that Magalluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza, there is new restriction on All Inclusive.’

Holidaymakers writing on social media have reacted furiously to the new laws, which many feel have not been widely publicised (Dutch tourists enjoy the sunset in Escondida beach)

Two tourists from London stroll along Playa d’en Bossa beach on April 29 in Ibiza, Spain

Tourists enjoy the sunset at the Sunset Ashram beach bar in Cala Comte with one woman sipping on a bottle of lager

French tourists enjoy the sunset at cala Escondida chatting away and drinking a jug of sangria

One Twitter user believed that inclusive holidays with booze limits should be marketed as ‘half-board’ – and called for hotel contracts where this wasn’t clearly stated to be ripped up (blue lighting beams onto revellers at Pacha Ibiza nightclub)

He said: ‘Brits will now be restricted to just six drinks a day, which can only be accessed alongside their lunch and dinner – offering them a mere three drinks per meal’ (tourists enjoy the sunset at the Sunset Ashram beach bar in Cala Comte)

‘[That’s] usually referred to as “Half Board Plus”. It’s time to cancel the hotel contracts for All Inclusive basis’ (green spotlights beam in Pacha nightclub)

Tourists take a selfie with the Pacha disco cherry logo as they queue to get into the 2022 season opening party on Saturday

Portuguese tourists with suitcases enjoy their last day at Playa d’en Bossa beach in Ibiza

Customers in the reserved area of the Pacha Ibiza nightclub receive the waiters with their orders

A waiter at the Beach Club Bora Bora attends to two customers in Playa d’en Bossa

A worker notes down the ticket prices of the openign parties of the mega discotheques

A member of the staff of Hï Ibiza cleans the main entrance of the nightclub with a pressure washer the day before its opening

A spokesperson for the ABTA – The Travel Association said the rules have the potential to cause ‘confusion’ among holidaymakers (Ses Salines beach)

They said: ‘ABTA strongly supports initiatives that improve the health and safety of holidaymakers, as well as the welfare of local communities (purple lighting at Pacha nightclub as partygoers dance in front of the DJ)

‘Some of the measures introduced by the Balearic Islands authorities to limit anti-social behaviour have potential to cause confusion for UK holidaymakers’ (two tourists look at the menu at a beach club in Ibiza)

‘We welcome the recent clarification from the authorities, including that the restrictions will only apply to certain limited areas in Mallorca and Ibiza rather than the whole of the Balearics as originally proposed’ (tourists enjoying the sunset at Cala Comte)

‘ABTA will continue to engage with the Balearic Islands Government, ABTA Members and other parties, to encourage clear communication and exchange of information, in order to ensure holidaymakers travelling to hotels in the designated areas enjoy a positive customer experience’ (red lighting over a full dance floor at Pacha nightclub)

Travel operator Thomas Cook recently alerted their customers to the crack down on free booze through an email (tourists enjoy the sunset at the Sunset Ashram beach bar in Cala Comte)

They said: ‘Please be advised that a decree has been issued by the Balearic Government on a new restriction for All Inclusive meal option’ (a woman rides a bicycle at d’en Bossa beach)

‘There is a maximum of six alcoholic drinks per person per day that can be served and these drinks will be provided only during lunch and dinner (three each)’ (Ses Salines beach)

‘Please be aware that Magalluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza, there is new restriction on All Inclusive’ (Pacha Ibiza nightclub)

Tourists line up to enter the Hi Ibiza nightclub near Playa d’en Bossa as a woman in an orange coat walks her two dogs

A couple take a photo while drinking sangria on Playa d’en Bossa beach

A team of five puppeteers control an LED-lit Dundu puppet created by German doll maker Tobias Husemann

A tourist poses in a karate kick position as her friend captures a photo in front of a slanted mirror

A woman reacts to a person performing levitation with a glass ball near d’en Bossa beach as her reflection can be seen

A woman dances as people walk past her and animal statues, including an orange lizard, near d’en Bossa beach

Tourists line up to enter the Hi Ibiza nightclub near Playa d’en Bossa with one woman wearing a see-through robe over her black swimming costume

A woman poses for a picture in front of a golden crocodile statue near d’en Bossa beach

A woman thrusts her arm into the air and dances with her eyes closed in a club in Ibiza

A woman looks at her phone in front of red cat statues at d’en Bossa beach

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