Britons celebrating hen and stag dos in Spain could be hit with fines reaching £1.2k for breaking new rules

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Tourists are being urged to dress appropriately in public spaces

Solen Le Net

By Solen Le Net

Published: 31/05/2024

- 17:00

Updated: 03/06/2024

- 17:48

A popular destination in Spain is implementing new laws in a crackdown on unruly behaviour

A Spanish hotspot has banned British tourists from celebrating hen and stag dos with explicit accessories in a crackdown on rowdy behaviour.

A new law will prohibit tourists from appearing "on the public thoroughfare without clothing or only in their underwear or with clothing or accessories representing humans genitals or with dolls or other accessories of a sexual nature."

Maurici Jimenez, the mayor of Platja D’Aro, said: "These attitudes have an impact on the community’s coexistence and we need to fight against them."

The Spanish town is one of several cities calling for better regulation of social behaviour from visitors.


Tourists will be banned from dressing inappropriately


Several cities across Spain claim they are struggling to curb the volume of stag and hen dos during peak seasons.

Platja D’Aro is home to a population of 12,500 and welcomes more than 300,000 visitors on summer weekends.

​It is home to several businesses that provide services for bachelor and bachelorette parties, including accommodation, cruises and male or female strippers.

The new rules will also prohibit tourists from going shirtless and topless in areas away from the beach.

This ban was implemented several years ago in Barcelona, where tourists are banned from walking in streets underdressed.

Visitors who bare their torso in public spaces like restaurants and shops could be fined up to £500, according to the Foreign Office.

The Government website cautions Britons that it is against the law to be in the streets wearing only a bikini or swimming shorts in parts of the country.

Tourists in other popular cities have become the target of a crackdown on antisocial behaviour.


Spain is a popular destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties


Timon van Basten, tour guide in Spain and the founder of Travel Spain 24, told GB News he has noticed local unrest in areas like Mallorca, where citizens complain of issues like "public drunkenness, noise complaints, and not respecting cultural norms".

"In response, lawmakers there implement a ‘zero nonsense’ policy looking to slap unruly tourists with fines up to a hefty €3,000 fine (£2,564) for bad behaviour," he said.

In other news, tourists will be hit by a new administrative task before visiting Spain in October as the new Entry-Exit System and European Travel Information and Authorisation System are introduced.

The new automated technology, which will control the data of non-EU citizens crossing the Schengen area’s external borders, may cause minor delays for Britons visiting Spain and France, experts have warned.

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