Tourism managers have a warning was issued to Britons heading to Spain this summer over the new air conditioner ban.

The popular holiday destination is banning air conditioning below 27C in public areas, including shops and restaurants, as part of energy-saving plans.

This means that public transport and airports must also adhere to the new strict settings.

In addition to air conditioning settings, space heating will only be able to be set to a maximum temperature of 19C in winter, while lighting in empty storefronts will be limited to 10pm.

The crackdown means tourists will no longer be able to cool off in public, as tourism bosses say no to the move.

The president of the Costa del Sol tourism board, Francisco Salado, was outraged by the new measures.

He told The sun: “We want satisfied tourists, not fried tourists or those who are afraid to walk on dark streets.”

Salado said the rules “make no sense” and the timing is “right in the middle of a heat wave.”

He added: “This decree seems to have been written by a Martian, a person who does not know our country deeply and has not consulted anyone.”

Businesses could be fined up to £50,000 for “minor breaches” of the new rule as the Spanish government looks to curb energy use.

Fortunately for toasty Brits, hotel rooms are classified as ‘private areas’, meaning holidaymakers will still be able to cool off in their hotel rooms.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced the new package last week, saying: “You only have to walk into a shopping center to realize that maybe the temperature is set too low.”

Similar energy-saving rules are already in place in government institutions in Spain.

The government says the measures will not only save energy, but also lower bills for households and businesses.

Spain is one of the hottest European countries in summer. The country has already experienced two heatwaves this year, with temperatures often exceeding 40C for several days in a row.

In the first weeks of August, the temperature will rise again.

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