• Germany's news in English

Majorca: boozy Germans no longer welcome

The Local · 22 Jul 2013, 15:56

Published: 22 Jul 2013 15:56 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Deputy mayor of Palma de Majorca, Alvaro Gijón said plans were being made to replace the drunk Germans with wealthy tourists from places like China and Dubai.

"In the next five to six years we will turn around the image of Playa de Palma 180 degrees," he told the Bild tabloid newspaper. "Ballermann will no longer exist in its current form."

He said many of the hotels would be renovated to achieve four- or five-star status, while new, fancier restaurants and sports facilities were also in the pipeline.

The aim was to imitate holiday destinations such as St Tropez in France, or Las Vegas in the US, in an attempt to woo wealthier visitors. "We're planning a tourist casino where people will play for thousands."

"We want people who are going to spend a lot of money," said Gijón. He said drinking on the beach was old fashioned - referring to the tradition of Germans boozing themselves silly with straws from buckets of sangria while lying about on sunloungers.

"If people want to get drunk, they should do it in the discos, not on the beach in public," he said.

A ban on drinking in public imposed in the area between 10pm and 1am was introduced this season, and should be seen as a shot across the bows to the kind of boozy tourists who usually flock to the Ballermann beaches.

"There are other places in the world for them," Gijón told the paper.

More than half a million tourists go on holiday to the Playa de Palma each year, filling the 250 hotels in the immediate area by the beach. There is a stretch of bars, discos and restaurants many of which cater specifically to Germans - with names such as Oberbayern, Bierkönig and Mega-Park.

Story continues below…

But Gijón said he wants a higher class of visitor - and was confident that some of the new, classier guests would also be German.

"I am sure that other German tourists will come to our new beach," he said.

The Local/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Eurowings cabin crew union to strike all day Thursday
Photo: DPA.

UPDATE: A union representing cabin crews on Lufthansa's budget airline Eurowings has announced that strikes will last all day Thursday as ongoing contract negotiations continue to falter.

Hesse hopes to set example by building Iraqi orphanages
Refugee children in northern Iraq. Photo: DPA

The wealthy central German state of Hesse has set aside €1 million to build a school, family homes and an orphanage in northern Iraq, in an effort to help refugees there.

The Local List
10 German clichés that foreigners get very wrong
David Hasselhoff. Photo: DPA

Whether it be efficiency, humourlessness or a love of a certain Baywatch star, there are many cliches stuck in the heads of foreigners about Germany. But how true are they?

Fake Germanwings victim relative convicted in Cologne
A torn piece of metal at the crash site in 2015. Photo: DPA

A German court on Wednesday gave a woman a year's suspended jail sentence for posing as the cousin of a victim in last year's Germanwings plane crash and obtaining compensation offered by the airline.

Couple accused of torturing, murdering women go on trial
The so-called 'house of horrors' in Höxter where the couple allegedly tortured and killed women. Photo: DPA.

A couple accused of luring women to their village home with personal ads started trial on Wednesday over charges that they tortured and killed at least two of their victims.

After July attacks, govt drafts new video surveillance law
Photo: DPA

The Interior Ministry is drafting a law which will enable public spaces to be filmed for surveillance purposes as a reaction to deadly attacks in July, according to a newspaper report.

Merkel: murky internet giants distort perception of reality
Angela Merkel. Photo: DPA.

Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday for internet giants to make public their closely-guarded algorithms, claiming that they are not giving people diverse enough information.

Pegida leader 'paid court costs with group's money'
Pegida leader Lutz Bachmann. Photo: DPA.

The leader of the anti-Islam movement reportedly used money from Pegida's coffers to pay for two personal court cases, German media reported this week.

Anger as Berlin scraps Turkey concert on Armenia genocide
The Dresden Symphony Orchestra. Photo: DPA

Germany's foreign ministry Tuesday scrapped a planned symphony performance on the Armenian "genocide" in its Istanbul consulate, sparking accusations that it was caving in to Turkish pressure.

Obama to visit Berlin in last presidential trip to Germany
President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel during a Berlin trip in 2013. Photo: DPA.

The White House announced on Tuesday that US President Barack Obama will be paying one last unexpected visit to the German capital - his last before he leaves office.

10 ways German completely messes up your English
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd