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Young adult on Ibiza - the Law

One of the most important things to do before you go on holiday to Ibiza (or anywhere else) is to check the local laws and ensure that what you plan on doing in Ibiza is legal. Spain’s laws can be different from the laws in your home country. This article intents to ensure that you are fully aware of any potential differences.

Researched and written by 16 year old Rupert T.

Drinking:

You must be 18 years old to purchase alcohol in Spain but there is no minimum age for drinking alcohol. It is illegal to drink on the street and there are strict fines for it.

Drink driving:

Currently the drink driving limit is 0.5 MG in blood or 0.25 MG in exhaled air, if you have less than 2 years driving experience your limit will be lower than 0.3 G/L in blood or 0.15 MG/L in exhaled air. This is simiular to European countries like Germany. Spanish police have the right to stop and check any vehicle if desired and alcohol checks are common around Ibiza's nightclubs and regularly carried out on Friday and Saturday nights.

Tobacco:

Similar to drinking you may not purchase tobaccoif you are under 18 years old but there is no minimum age for consuming tobacco.

Topless in Public

Walking around without a t-shirt: though you are unlikely to be arrested or even fined, it is an offence to walk around shirtless in some places. Details are scarce but the tourist resort of San Antonio is reported to have banned walking around without a shirt on. It is unknown whether this ban applies to the rest of Ib iza. Most of the better bars and restaurants, the bus service and public services all require you to wear a t-shirt. Please respect this when out and about.

It is officially legal to sunbathe nude on any of the beaches in Spain, though to be safe, please only do so on designated nudist beaches Es Cavallet and Aguas Blancas in order to avoid any potential problems.

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Renting a hotel room:

Officially you need to be 18 years old to rent a hotel room, since a contract has to be signed. However many 16+ teens have been able to rent hotel rooms via special youth travel agencies. Ibiza does not have any youth hostels.

Renting a moped:

Whilst you can drive a moped in Spain from 15 years old, renting one is quite different since you have to sign a contract; the minimum age to rent a 50CC or less moped is therefore 18 years old. Still, most rental companies won't rent you a moped if you are not at least 21 or even 23 years old.

Renting a car:

Even though the minimum driving age in Spain is 18 (like in virtually all of Europe), most of the car rental agencies will not rent you a car until you are 21 or even 23 years old.

Entering a party:

This is quite a difficult and confusing one and depends on what kind of party you want to enter, I have divided this into 3 parts:

1. Traditional night clubs like Pacha and Ushuaia: You will need to be 18 years old and often show an ID. These rules are quite strictly enforced and unless you look much older than 18 you will need to show an ID. Ibiza Rocks is a notable exception offering access from 16 years onwards (without your parents needing to be present).

2. Daytime parties not held in a club: Most daytime parties allow you to enter at any age, sometimes accompanied by your parents. A lot of beach clubs hold a lot of good parties with the best DJs.

3. Night-time bars: bars such as the ones found on San Antonio's West End often have quite relaxed entry guidelines – check out your favourites for specific details.

Sex:

The age of consent in Spain is 16.

Having sex in public is not allowed - this includes the beaches, also at night time!

Men: always wear a condom and use your common sense!

Have an amazing holiday and see you in Ibiza!

The above information is correct to the best of our knowledge, but may be subject to change.