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Spaniards enjoy their own drinks in public places

Bagpipes are a common phenomenon in Finland’s short summer. However, the same fun is practiced in Spain, where locals love to get together in the parks and squares with a can of beer or wine bought at the store.

Enjoying your own drinks in public places is called in Spain botellón. The custom is believed to have started in the 80s in Andalusia, where workers used to pick up drinks from the store to save on restaurant costs. Later, the habit spread among students and eventually became a common tradition.

Botellón is especially popular with young people and young adults, but especially in the summer it hardly looks age. People of all ages can take part in the botellon in a large party.

Botellón can be a way to start the evening and gather together before heading to the bar. However, the botellón does not always have to lead to nightlife, it can be the actual program number of the evening.

Spaniards tend to meet their friends outside the home, especially in large cities where apartments are small. Especially during the summer months, locals like to spend time outdoors in a large group.

Botellón may be allowed or prohibited

However, the prevalence of drinking in public places does not mean that it is always legal. Drinking alcohol on the streets, in the parks and on the beaches is banned in many areas of Spain. Madrid and Barcelona are examples of cities where botellón is breaking the law.

The reasons for the stricter rules include the uproar caused by the parties sitting in the evening and the drunkenness of minors. It may also be related to the fact that city dwellers enjoying supermarket beers on the streets do not bring in income to local bars.

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In Madrid, botellón is officially banned.

However, why are the streets of Spanish cities full of botellonies? Illegal botellón can be fined, but in many places there is little intervention as long as it does not cause disruption. People living near popular gathering places are often tired of bagging.

Botellón is all about partying with friends in a good spirit. Drunken banging, noise, vomiting or fights are not allowed on the streets and in public places.

There is something to be said about the love of the Spaniards for botellón by the fact that certain cities have separate areas where they are allowed to enjoy their own drinks. bottledromeksi such areas can be found in Alicante and Cádiz, for example.

If you want to take part in a botellon on holiday, first find out if it is allowed in your destination. By following the activities of the locals, you will get an idea of ​​how the issue is approached. Always behave matter-of-factly and remember that there is a threat of fines.

Those who dream of beach beers can try instead of bagels chiringuitotraditional beach bars, which are also part of Spanish food and drink culture – and completely legal.

Also read: Six typical drinks you come across in Spain – how many have you tasted?

Text: Maria Hietala
Photos: Shutterstock

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