Skip to main content

'Bikini ban' slated for Spanish island of Mallorca

By CNN Staff
updated 8:57 PM EDT, Thu May 1, 2014
The evolution of the bathing suit has reflected society's attitude towards swimming, outdoor living, modesty and sensuality. Click through this gallery of bathing suits through the ages to find out more. The evolution of the bathing suit has reflected society's attitude towards swimming, outdoor living, modesty and sensuality. Click through this gallery of bathing suits through the ages to find out more.
HIDE CAPTION
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
Bathing suits through the years
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Proposed new law will ban the wearing of swimwear outside of bathing areas in Mallorcan capital Palma
  • Measure is part of wider campaign to crackdown on what is seen as anti-social behavior
  • There are concerns that fines could be slapped on unsuspecting visitors, but many welcome the ban

(CNN) -- If you've got it, don't flaunt it -- at least not on the Spanish resort island of Mallorca, where citizens are so sick of under dressed tourists that fines could soon be issued for inappropriate attire.

A proposed new law, reportedly close to being enacted, will ban the wearing of swimwear outside bathing areas in the island's capital, Palma.

Kate Upton goes weightless in bikini
Bikini-clad baristas raise eyebrows
2012: Too much? Bikini model flaunts baby bump
It's that time of the year again when folks strip down and head for the water for a bit of fun in the sun. Last year, Rihanna celebrated the winter holidays with a beverage and a beach in Barbados. See how other celebs flaunt their beach style ... It's that time of the year again when folks strip down and head for the water for a bit of fun in the sun. Last year, Rihanna celebrated the winter holidays with a beverage and a beach in Barbados. See how other celebs flaunt their beach style ...
Celebs show off beach bodies
HIDE CAPTION
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
>
>>
Photos: Celebs show off beach bodies Photos: Celebs show off beach bodies
It is 50 years since Babette Beatty was the first model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, following a photo shoot in Mexico. It is 50 years since Babette Beatty was the first model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, following a photo shoot in Mexico.
Babette's beach
HIDE CAPTION
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
>
>>
Sports Illustrated\'s swimsuit issue cover stars Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue cover stars

Officials say they're happy for visitors to let it all hang out on the beach, but when it comes to wandering around town, semi-nudity is a no-no.

"I do not know of any upscale resort town that allows this practice," Alvaro Gijon, deputy mayor of Palma, reportedly told a recent press conference.

MORE: 10 of Madrid's best tapas bars

The proposed crackdown is part of a wider set of measures aimed at tackling what is seen as anti-social behavior on the island, a popular package destination for north Europeans.

No specific penalties have been detailed in Palma City Council's "Ordenanza Civica" -- also known as the "good citizen plan."

'Devoid of superior clothing'

However, the UK's Daily Mail newspaper expressed concerns that what some media outlets called a "bikini ban" could leave unsuspecting travelers facing fines in excess of $800.

Its readers seemed less concerned, with some commenting that they'd welcome a cover-up.

One of them, Calagran, commented: "I've lived on Mallorca for the past 11 years and it makes my skin crawl when I have to stand behind some fat sweaty individual in the supermarket who thinks it's OK to let it all hang out."

MORE: Spain's bizarre annual fire festival

Under a section titled "etiquette," the Ordenanza states that it'll be forbidden for anyone to be "naked or nude" in public places or "devoid of superior clothing."

Unlike an ill-fitting pair of Speedos, there is some room for maneuver, however.

The proposed prohibition doesn't apply to boardwalks or streets adjacent to the beach -- so there's no need to dress up when dashing for an ice cream.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 10:07 PM EDT, Thu July 17, 2014
Where to pay homage to the cutest local celebrities you'll ever stalk.
updated 9:10 AM EDT, Fri July 18, 2014
For air travelers who like to gripe about being cramped in economy, here comes another warning that they've never had it so good.
updated 8:06 AM EDT, Thu July 17, 2014
Cream cakes from the Ruszwurm bakery in Budapest, Hungary
Proving they're what's really important, the world's best pastry shops have survived survived sieges, revolutions and World War II.
updated 11:50 AM EDT, Thu July 17, 2014
Lois Pryce ignored naysayers and traveled 3,000 miles via motorcycle to discover the real Iran.
updated 11:20 PM EDT, Wed July 16, 2014
Built at a cost of $442.2 million, Universal Studios Japan hopes its new Potter attraction will bring in $55 billion over 10 years.
updated 10:40 AM EDT, Wed July 16, 2014
A scene in Marrakech
The gateway to Morocco's Atlas Mountains is becoming a photographer's paradise -- but capturing it on camera isn't easy.
updated 5:36 PM EDT, Wed July 16, 2014
Cathay Pacific was pronounced the world's best airliner of the year at the industry's leading awards ceremony in Farnborough on Tuesday.
updated 4:44 PM EDT, Tue July 15, 2014
Britain has stolen a march in the space race with plans for the world's first spaceport outside the U.S.
updated 10:53 AM EDT, Tue July 15, 2014
In the hunt for the world's best amusement park, the people have spoken -- and it seems the people like mixing with creatures who eat a lot of fish.
updated 2:11 AM EDT, Tue July 15, 2014
An Hellenic Seaplanes aircraft
Seaplane network set to open up far-flung destinations to affordable jet-setting tours.
updated 4:52 PM EDT, Mon July 14, 2014
A man who took a dangerous selfie during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, with the half-ton beasts right behind him, is still on the run -- but this time from the police.
updated 10:07 PM EDT, Mon July 14, 2014
Its cramped rooms and retro lobby are dated, but its charm and devotion to customers are worth preserving.
updated 1:53 AM EDT, Mon July 14, 2014
A young girl sits on a bench decorated with an image of Paddington Bear.
As part of a scheme to encourage reading, 50 benches designed in the style of popular novels or kids' stories have been scattered around London.
updated 9:01 PM EDT, Fri July 11, 2014
To all the locals who have been hoarding the following beaches, please forgive us.
updated 9:10 AM EDT, Wed July 16, 2014
Jason Hullinger, a computer security architect in Los Angeles, went to Joshua Tree National Park in December to catch the Geminid meteor shower.
CNN iReporters from across the globe share their incredible images of the skies above us.
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT