Ibiza’s clubbing capital of San Antonio is putting an end to dawn celebrations by calling time up to three hours earlier than before.
The local council is to enforce strict new rules that will order clubs to close their doors at 3am in the morning. Up to now, they could keep open until 5am in the summer and 6am in the winter.
The open-air terraces of bars also have to be cleared by 11pm rather than 2am as part of a new move that will declare the popular West End party zone as a special area of acoustic protection.
Ibiza’s clubbing capital of San Antonio, pictured, is putting an end to dawn celebrations by calling time up to three hours earlier than before
It means Ibiza becomes the latest holiday island to say a resounding ‘no’ to noisy tourism.
In addition, all restaurants, shops and take-aways that might serve people through hatches will have to stop doing this at 11pm to avoid queues of revellers in the road.
Instead, they will only be allowed to deal with customers inside the premises.
The Maayor, Josep Tur, says they want to improve the image of the resort, which has been ‘devalued’ by antics in West End where the main bars and clubs are found.
He said the council wants to find other ways of keeping the local economy afloat, not noisy tourism.
The declaration of the Special Acoustic Protection Zone is expected to be approved later this month and endorsed in February. There will then be six months’ grace so that businesses can carry out the necessary works to soundproof leisure facilities, which must have sound limiters that monitor levels using a built-in or external microphone.
Clubs on San Antonio will be ordered to close up at 3am, instead of 6am
Councillor for the environment, Pablo Valdes, said the limit of noise pollution in a declared residential area such as the West End is 55 decibels in rest time but the daily average in summer in the West End area was 85.9.
The council also intends to block the opening of any new bar or club in this zone until or unless noise restriction levels are met.
The move is likely to prove highly unpopular with West End traders who took the council to court when the summer 6am limit was brought forward to 5am but lost their case. Judges said the directive was legal and dismissed an application for compensation and costs.
Local police had backed the earlier closure, saying problems of public disorder were ‘almost impossible to control’.