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Malaga city council worried by surge in "wild" stag and hen parties

Residents in Malaga have shared images of vandalism and "wild behaviour".
Residents in Malaga have shared images of vandalism and "wild behaviour". / SUR
  • Marbella and Granada are examples of two councils whose bylaws are already designed to prevent the antisocial behaviour typical of these celebrations

After Marbella announced its measures to encourage civilised behaviour among tourists last week, Malaga is considering taking steps against the increasing number of "wild" stag and hen parties in the city.

Marbella's new bylaw soon to come into force prohibits drinking alcohol and urinating in the street as well as walking around partially dressed, among other activity, but it also includes specific measures aimed at revellers in the town for stag and hen weekends: carrying dolls or other items or symbols of a sexual nature will also be banned in the town's streets.

While many of the participants in stag and hen parties in Marbella and other Costa resorts travel from abroad for the celebrations, especially from the UK, the city attracts groups from the rest of the country as well as from local areas.The issue hit the headlines two weeks ago when a group of young men travelling from Madrid to Malaga were thrown off the AVE train in Cordoba due to the disturbance they were causing.

That same weekend some 18 groups on stag and hen parties were counted in the city.

Noise and vandalism

Vandalism is one of the problems caused, while residents in the city centre complain of noise and urinating in the street. Videos taken by residents from their balconies and posted on social media have reached national news broadcasts.

In response to an article published by SUR on Sunday highlighting the problem, the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, said in a tweet that one of the measures adopted would be to increase police presence. He also reiterated the council's view that any action should be taken in coordination with business owners and hoteliers.

One example has already been set by the city of Granada, where bylaws designed to improve co-existence were being enforced to the letter. This, according to a reporter from one of SUR's sister papers Ideal, Javier Barrera, had succeeding in dissuading the use of rude costumes and reducing antisocial behaviour. Some bars in the city had also put signs outside specifying that groups on stag and hen parties would not be served.

The leader of Malaga's Socialist opposition group on the council, Daniel Pérez, said on Monday that the city ought to ban "wild stag and hen parties" with a bylaw. He added that these events damage the image of the city.

Residents in Malaga city centre have shared images of "wild" behaviour by groups of revellers on stag or hen parties on social media.