Four British teenagers have been fined £30,000 each for climbing from one hotel balcony to another – a craze known as ‘balconing’ – in Magaluf as the party resort cracks down on dangerous behaviour.
The four British men and a Swedish tourist, who were caught either climbing from one hotel balcony to another or jumping from their balcony into a swimming pool below, were fined more than £150,000 in total by local authorities this summer.
They were also all kicked out of their respective hotels, according to Calvia council, which covers the tourist hotspots of Magaluf and Palma Nova.
Today, town hall officials confirmed that two of the British tourists were aged 18 while the other two Britons were 19.
The infractions occurred between June 4 and August 8, with the last case being detected at 6am on August 8 when a tourist was seen jumping from one hotel balcony to another. The hotels the tourists were staying in have not been named.
Juan Feliu, head of Calvia council, stressed the severe fines acted as a ‘powerful deterrent’ against the reckless and dangerous behaviour.
Five tourists including four British teenagers have been fined £30,000 each for ‘balconing’ – climbing from one hotel balcony to another – in Magaluf as the party resort cracks down on dangerous behaviour (file image)
‘Balconing is not going to be tolerated in our municipality,’ Mr Felieu said. ‘It’s an irresponsible practice that can cause serious and irreversible injuries and even death.
‘It’s obviously the last thing one would want for those who visit us. ‘This is not leisure, it’s a very dangerous irresponsible act and it’s not the image we want for our municipality.’
He said police efforts to crack down on the anti-social behaviour, which has previously caused injury and several deaths, are being intensified amid efforts to promote a better image of Magaluf, which has long been plagued by heavy drinking and rowdiness.
Mr Feliu did not state whether the fines issued to the five tourists have been paid or how they will be pursued.
A spokesman for Calvia Council said: ‘Each one of the five foreign tourists fined so far this summer for jumping from one hotel balcony to another have received a 36,000 euro (£30,720) fine and have been immediately expelled from the hotels they were in.’
The fines were levied under a regional government decree designed to stamp out drunken tourism.
In recent years, footage has emerged online of British tourists climbing from one hotel balcony to another – or jumping from their balcony into a swimming pool below.
In August 2018 a British holidaymaker cheated death after plunging from a Magaluf sixth-floor balcony.
It later emerged he checked himself out of hospital – without waiting for doctors to give him the all-clear – before police could hand him his fine for balconing.
Last month a 35-year-old British man died after plunging from a second-floor balcony in the Ibizan resort of San Antonio.
Police sources said drugs were found in his room during a subsequent search and officers were said at the time to be working on the theory he may have been acting under the influence of drugs.
After he died it emerged the same man had cheated death in a 30-foot fall in the same resort nearly five years ago.
Four British teenagers have been fined £30,000 each for climbing from one hotel balcony to another – a craze known as ‘balconing’ – in Magaluf as the party resort cracks down on dangerous behaviour (file image of Playa de Magaluf beach)
He ended up impaled on the pole of a sun umbrella in a near-tragedy in September 2018.
As a result of a series of balconing tragedies, Mallorca’s regional government based in Palma Mallorca passed a law in 2020 banning the practice of ‘balconing’ throughout the Balearic Islands, with fines of up to £50,000.
Last year, the government banned the sale of alcohol in shops between 9.30pm and 8am, as well as pub crawls, two-for-one drinks offers and happy hours at certain spots in Magaluf, El Arenal and Playa de Palma in Mallorca.
Announcing the laws in 2020, a regional government spokesman said: ‘Efforts to promote the destination, to provide it with better quality through both public and private sector investments, and position it in an increasingly competitive and global market, have been affected recently by certain uncivic behaviour.
‘Most of this type of behaviour is directly related to alcohol abuse in certain tourist areas of Majorca and Ibiza.’
The regional government in 2020 also suspended the concession of new ‘party boat’ licences, with boats that were already licensed banned from embarking or disembarking tourists in the areas covered by a government decree.
The decree also covered the popular British tourist hotspot West End in Ibiza and S’Arenal near Palma favoured by Germans and Dutch holidaymakers.
Earlier this month a firm offering British holidaymakers illegal booze cruises in Magaluf was hit with a near-£140,000 fine levied under the same decree.
Council chiefs responsible for the Majorcan party resort said company bosses were caught ‘red-handed’ as they as they escorted around 130 tourists who had paid nearly £40 each onto a boat where loud music was going to be played and alcohol was on offer.
An agreement between Calvia Council which covers Magaluf and a local boat owners’ association had already been signed in 2018, designed to stop the jetty in the resort being used by party boats.
The Balearic government has blamed a fall in visitor numbers on Magaluf and San Antonio garnering a bad image in recent years and the collapse of tour operator Thomas Cook.
Thousands of British tourists flock to the islands every year, including large groups of revellers who have given the destinations an infamous reputation.
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