Incidents at many popular fiestas on the island and now reports of rowdy behaviour in one of the island´s most exclusive areas, Puerto Andratx.

Just what is going on? Magalluf and the Playa de Palma once had the label of Majorca´s “behaving badly areas” but now the problem appears to be spreading to other areas including Cala Ratjada.

Even some of the popular fiestas on the island are being tainted with rowdy behaviour. Granted that Majorca is a holiday island and of course people like to let their hair down but the problem is becoming serious with incidents across the island, which is a great pity.

The time has certainly come for the local authorities, who have direct contol over the local police, and police chiefs from the National Police and Guardia Civil to come together and try and resolve the problem.

Perhaps, what is needed is more officers on patrol in areas where incidents are constantly being reported. I know that the police services have a manning problem and of course there are literally hundreds of thousands of people on holiday on the island during the summer months which makes their job even harder.

But something needs to be done and fast. And we are not talking just tourists. These outbreaks of bad behaviour involve all nationalities including Majorcans. The island is still one of the safest and trouble free areas in Spain bar a couple of exemptions (Magalluf and the Playa de Palma) but the exemptions appear to be growing.


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S.O. / Hace over 2 years

@Stephen: I agree with what you say about drastically reducing the number of all inclusive and allowing private rental but only in tourist areas of the island and not in residential buildings. In the case of Palma renting to tourists in residential areas of the city can become a nightmare for the residents (I speak from experience) as many of those tourists are not the “better behaved” ones you mention, unfortunately. Look at what is happening in Son Espanyolet, once a lovely quiet area to live,


Biel / Hace over 2 years

The solution isn’t more officers. The solution would be to allow the officers to do their job properly. Back in the days when Plaza Gomila was the hub of Palma’s nightlife, all it took was to have one policeman on patrol. There was also a small Guardia Civil office very close by, which struck the fear of God into anyone stupid enough about thinking of committing a crime. Very few did, and those who tried and were caught (generally all of them) never tried again.


Stephen / Hace over 2 years

What the Balearic Government needs to do is reduce the number of all inclusive tourists dramatically and the lift the ban on the renting of private villas and apartments. People who rent privately tend to be far better behaved and also spend heavily on car hire restaurants and local supermarkets. It is scary how quiet resorts are this year with workers having to work excessive hours to get buy. So lift the ban on private rentals now otherwise the quality tourists will be gone from Majorca for ever.


Britbabe / Hace over 2 years

Watch TV. There are so many programmes containing and advocating bad behaviour - drunkenness, swearing, fighting, sex, gun and knife carrying and using, murders etc. Young people are growing up thinking that all this is " the norm " and that they will be bullied or ostracized if they don´t conform. It´s time for these programmes were outlawed and people encouraged to respect each other, regardless of colour, creed or nationality etc.