Holiday alcohol warning issued for Irish people travelling to Spain this summer 5 months ago

Holiday alcohol warning issued for Irish people travelling to Spain this summer

By Fiona Frawley

The Department of Foreign Affairs has listed a number of safety concerns for Irish people visiting Spain to be aware of.


As holiday season draws closer, many Irish people will be preparing to jet off and Spain is always a popular destination for us.

If you are Costa-bound this year, however, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has outlined a number of safety concerns, one of them being to do with alcohol.

It has advised that “significantly larger measures” of alcoholic spirits are usually served in bars and restaurants in the country than in Ireland.

As well as this, the DFA is warning that fines can be issued in Spain for consuming alcohol in public places, such as on the beach.


“Consumption of alcohol in public places, except licensed bars and restaurants, is generally not permitted and may result in a fine,” a spokesperson told The Irish Mirror.

Holiday Alcohol Warning

Spain is one of the most popular destinations for Irish holidaymakers. Image via Shutterstock.

Balcony warning


The DFA has also warned Irish holidaymakers heading to Spain about safety on balconies, pointing out that there have been a number of deaths and serious injuries in recent years as a result of Irish citizens falling from balconies in the country.

The spokesperson said:

“There have been a number of serious accidents in recent years involving falls from balconies. Several of these have resulted in the death or serious injury of an Irish citizen.

“It is important to exercise caution when using hotel and apartment balconies, particularly if you have consumed alcohol or drugs, and to avoid taking unnecessary risks. If you suffer a balcony fall while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, your insurance company may refuse to cover any resultant costs.

“You should also be aware that the Spanish authorities may impose fines on those engaged in risky behaviour on balconies, including climbing over them or jumping from them.”

Further information can be found via the DFA website.


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