Magaluf’s armed cops crack down on alcohol and ‘shameful’ brawls after British return to try to shake up ‘seaside resort’ image


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MAGALUF cops have been ordered to crack down on “shameful” behavior such as alcohol and fighting as the British return to Party Island for the first time.

Tourist bosses are said to be trying to shake off the city’s infamous post-Covid image of the resort town – unwilling to go back to wild scenes of full drink offerings and crowded party boats.

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Police were out in force to keep the peace in Magaluf as English fans hit the townCredit: LNP
Magaluf chefs have said they don't want to go back to 'excess tourism' as the British return to the resort

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Magaluf chefs have said they don’t want to go back to ‘excess tourism’ as the British return to the resortCredit: LNP
Armed police units brought in from Madrid as part of the crackdown

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Armed police units brought in from Madrid as part of the crackdownCredit: Solarpix

With the Balearic Islands now on the UK’s green list, Majorcan chefs want to abandon what they have dubbed “excess tourism” that had come to define Magaluf.

Photos from last night show police on patrol as the Brits celebrated England’s stunning 4-0 win over Ukraine as they headed to the Euro 2020 semi-final.

And snaps captured over the weekend show cops – some of them armed – in force as they patrolled traditional nightclubs to crack down on bad behavior.

Hot areas of Magaluf, including the famous Punta Ballena strip, were closed last year after authorities said they were fed up with its tarnished reputation and the dangers of Covid.

Specialized armed police units were brought in from Madrid in an attempt to keep the peace as the first British returned.

Cars have been searched for drugs and alcohol in order to prevent any plans for street parties, which are popular in Spain.

Island newspaper Ultimahora.es reported that returning tourists are no longer exclusively British – with French, Italian and Spanish holidaymakers also coming to Maga.

A British student, a man disguised as a woman for a bachelor party, told them: “It’s been a year to forget, we deserve a little party.

Some nightlife venues are still closed and there are still restrictions in pubs and restaurants, with a closing time of 2 a.m.

Taking out glasses to drink in the street is prohibited by the new rules of behavior and the beaches must be cleaned at midnight.

The gang would stay open until 5 a.m., creating scenes of drunkards and early morning brawls.

Police talk to tourists outside bars

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Police talk to tourists outside barsCredit: Solarpix
Police stand as tourists gather on the streets of Magaluf

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Police stand as tourists gather on the streets of MagalufCredit: Solarpix
English fans celebrate Three Lions win over Ukraine

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English fans celebrate Three Lions win over UkraineCredit: LNP
Brits could have a very different experience when they return to Magaluf

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Brits could have a very different experience when they return to MagalufCredit: LNP

Police calculate that the first big weekend saw around 2,500 tourists at its busiest time, up from 12,000 when Magaluf was at its peak.

A spokesperson told the Spanish press it was “a relatively quiet night”.

Radio Calvia FM said on its website: “The first British tourists have already started to arrive in Calvia destinations such as Santa Ponça, Palmanova and Magaluf.”

Calvia town hall says it is no longer ready to accept “excess tourism” and Magaluf must change its image.

The new association “Magaluf Waterfront” affirms that the station must be considered as a “privileged environment”.

He wants the resot to be known as a place where people can enjoy a great day on the beach and great food.

Calvia also became the first place in Mallorca to process its own fines for anti-social behavior or coronavirus violations in place of the Balearic government.

This, officials say, will speed up the process so people will have to pay faster and “deter” others.

The first flights this week brought the British back to the island's sunny beaches

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The first flights this week brought the British back to the island’s sunny beachesCredit: Solarpix

“Coordination between the Civil Guard and the local Police of Calvià is essential, both on land and on the coast to avoid party boats,” said a spokesperson.

“The Calvia council is working on this line and has requested special collaboration from the maritime service of the civil guard and the general direction of emergencies of the government of the Balearic Islands.”

And the mayor of Calvià, Alfonso Rodríguez Badal, underlined: “Our police and the Civil Guard will be prepared and coordinated so that Calvià continues to be a safe tourist destination.

“Here, we will be vigilant to respect the standard against excess tourism.”

Government delegate Aina Calvo added: “It is vital to coordinate all staff so that the resumption of tourism activity – and therefore the economy – takes place safely.

“We must recognize the great joint work of the Civil Guard, local police and inspection staff to achieve this goal.”

A busy night in Magaluf ahead of Covid - but British holidaymakers won't be enjoying similar antics anytime soon, tourism bosses say

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A busy night in Magaluf ahead of Covid – but British holidaymakers won’t be enjoying similar antics anytime soon, tourism bosses sayCredit: Alamy
BCM Square is usually packed with Brits - as pictured before Covid - but much more sober holidays will be offered in the future

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BCM Square is usually packed with Brits – as pictured before Covid – but much more sober holidays will be offered in the futureCredit: Alamy

Javier Pascuet, director general of tourism for Calvia, previously told The Sun Online that the pandemic restrictions are helping them impose changes to the image of the party town.

Mr Pascuet told The Sun Online: “Normal Covid regulations will be in place for visiting tourists, so in bars there will be a limit to the number of people allowed.

“There will be no party boats, pub crawls or happy hours.

“That means whatever you can drink, offers like two-for-one drinks, there won’t be any of that. There will be areas of Magaluf that you cannot drink, so there will be quiet and family areas.

He added: “It’s good to come here to party and have a good time but we don’t want excesses, hospital bills, it’s about a balance.”

The usual army of British promoters working in Magaluf will also be forced to apply for a residence permit to work there during the summer.

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Spain and Mallorca will need an influx of tourists this summer, especially from the UK to save the economy.

British tourists visiting Spain fell 82% last year due to the pandemic, with the Balearic Islands being the hardest hit.

Bladder-burned Brits hit the Punta Ballena Strip in Magaluf hours before it closed for the summer due to bad behavior
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