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There have been a lot of reports lately regarding the six drinks rule for all-inclusive hotels in Spain, so obviously many visitors have been asking if this six drinks rule also applies to Tenerife, Gran Canaria and the Canaries in general.
The six drinks rule is part of a whole set of rules meant to curb drunken tourism in Spain, particularly the Balearic Islands.
According to the decree-law, it means that in all-inclusive hotels there will be a maximum of six alcoholic drinks per day (3 at lunch and 3 at dinner). Also, the sale of alcohol in shops is prohibited between 9:30 pm and 8 am, and also advertising which encourages the consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
New licenses for party boats will not be issued and "pub crawling" excursions are forbidden in the areas covered by the decree-law.
The six drinks rule applies in Spain only in the Balearic Islands, but not across all the archipelago, only in certain resorts known for this type of drunken tourism: on the island of Mallorca in El Arenal in Playa de Palma and in Magaluf and also on the island of Ibiza in Sant Antoni.
No, the six drinks rule is not in place in the Canary Islands.
So if you're planning to visit Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, or the smaller islands in the archipelago like La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro or La Graciosa, this six drinks rule will not apply.
The places mentioned above in Mallorca and Ibiza are the only places in Spain where the six drinks rule applies and has been in place since 2020.