British holidaymakers have been warned after Spain passed tougher air conditioning rules.


Riteish holidaymakers will be “roasted” by Spanish new energy-saving measures, the Costa del Sol’s tourism chief has claimed.

Shops, bars and restaurants, supermarkets and airports in one of Britain’s favorite overseas holiday destinations have been banned from keeping their cooling systems below 27C (80.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in summer – and told is that they cannot raise their temperature above 19C (66.2). degrees Fahrenheit) in winter.

The Spanish government’s new decree will come into effect next week.

Hotels have also been affected, although it emerged earlier this week that tourists may continue to keep their hotel rooms cool during Spanish heatwaves as they are considered private spaces.

Hotel receptions and other public places will have to abide by the new rules.

The rules have been criticized by many hotel and restaurant owners and associations, with one argument being that the likes of Galicia, along with Seville and other cities known for their hot weather, Shouldn’t be treated as something that is too cool.

Lights will also be switched off in shop fronts and vacant government offices from 10pm under the new rules, which will remain in effect until November next year.

Francisco Salado, head of the Costa del Sol tourist board, launched one of the strongest attacks ever on energy-saving measures.

He told the respected Málaga-based paper La Opinion de Málaga: “Tourism is an industry of prosperity, happiness, rest and relaxation.

“We want satisfied tourists, not fried tourists or vacationers who are afraid to walk down dark streets.

“This government order is a direct attack on everything we have worked so hard to achieve over the years, which is why holidaymakers go home happy and looking forward to returning.”

He added: “This decree has been designed and formulated on the back of economic agents and behind the productive, social and climatic reality of our country.

“Spain is not Germany or Finland and our customs, timetables and social and work habits are not those of northern or central Europe.

“It gets dark there much earlier and we stay up a lot at night.

“The diversity within Spain and the differences in climate and temperature are huge from region to region.

“It is as if this decree was drawn up by a Martian who is very ignorant of Spain and has consulted no one.”

Earlier this week, the right-wing president of the Madrid region, Isabel Diaz Ayoso, put Spain on a collision course with the left-wing government, claiming it would ignore the switch-off and claiming that It will cause “darkness, poverty and gloom” and scare away tourists.

He said: “As far as the Madrid area is concerned, this will not apply.”

Colleagues later conceded that the law would have to be respected after opposition backlash.

Fines of up to £50,000 will be imposed for “minor breaches” of the new law. Serious breaches can lead to fines of up to £83 million.

The energy-saving measures were announced as Spain entered its third heat wave this summer.

Spanish weather chiefs said last month was the driest so far this year and the second warmest since at least 1950.

In areas like the Costa Blanca, the sea is still around 30 degrees Celsius.

Javier Andaluz, head of Ecologists in Action, said of the new government rules that follow an EU political agreement on energy-saving measures linked to the war in Ukraine: “The measures are sufficient but insufficient and too late.

“It is sad that this is being imposed as an exceptional situation and as a sacrifice for the war in Ukraine, when these are necessary and common sense measures that must be taken because of the climate emergency and the energy crisis. That’s what we’re facing.”