Spain vacations: Holidaymakers are being cautioned of a ‘forbidden’ behaviour that carries a huge fine

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THE Department of Foreign Affairs has issued travel advice to people in advance of the busy summer vacation season.

Many citizens will travel overseas for the first time in almost two years this summer.

Spain, Greece, and Turkey are among the most popular tourist destinations, each with its own set of rules and restrictions that differ from their own.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has issued travel recommendations during the busy summer vacation season.

Anyone planning a trip to Spain should know that one activity, in particular, is "forbidden" in some areas.

"Consumption of alcohol in public areas, excluding licenced pubs and restaurants, is prohibited in Madrid, the Balearic Islands, and the Canary Islands," according to the DFA.

"Violating these laws may result in a fine."

Spanish authorities can levy fines of up to €3,000 for the offence.

The DFA has also issued a supplementary alcohol advisory to notify residents of the variation in spirit measurements.

"Alcoholic spirits are often offered in substantially bigger quantities in pubs and restaurants in Spain than in the UK," it stated.

Meanwhile, Spanish alcohol laws have recently made news owing to a new drinking regulation impacting all-inclusive vacations.

Spanish authorities have stirred controversy by imposing a six drinks per day limit for all-inclusive vacations and resorts on islands such as Ibiza and Majorca.

The new regulation, which applies to some hotels in the Balearic Islands, requires vacationers to pay an additional fee if they want more than three complimentary alcoholic beverages every dinner.

Local authorities implemented the liquor prohibition in Spain in January of this year, and it affects specific vacation regions of the Balearic Islands, including Palma, Ibiza, and Magaluf. The new regulation, which declares that "alcoholic beverages will be limited to six per day," is part of a package of anti-social behaviour measures.

These are claimed to include restrictions on pub crawls, happy hours, and two-for-one drink specials, all of which are enforced by severe penalties.

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