Getting a permit for Benidorm beaches

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Getting a permit for Benidorm beaches

Post by tazzzz » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:55 am

where do i apply for a permit to detect in the water on Benidorm beaches ?



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Re: Getting a permit for Benidorm beaches

Post by Incognito » Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:07 pm

tazzzz wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:55 am
where do i apply for a permit to detect in the water on Benidorm beaches ?
In water might be banned in Benidorm, it is for all of Andalucia. Very shallow wading doesn't seem to bother authorities, you would have to find out which tide marks they use.

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Re: Getting a permit for Benidorm beaches

Post by Incognito » Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:08 pm

Unless you are ok with having your detector confiscated, and/or getting fined, and having to spend time chasing around to sort those out, then it is not really worth detecting without permission in Spain . As far as I know all permissions take weeks at least, and are limited to certain beaches, so not really suitable for a short stay. The paperwork is not too hard, but you have to know what it is and which offices you need to visit.

The beaches there go from being litterally empty, to being good (usually only after some weather for a few days until sand is replaced). So it takes a bit of experience to get the best out of them, and then only when conditions suit. It's still nice detecting beaches there though.

The guardia are most consistent, there are some friendlier and some more unkind but generally they are pretty consistent and well mannered, they will usually pull you up and deal with you in a no nonsense way.

Then you have friendly local authorities who will give you the wrong advice and get you into trouble, or local police who are often not well trained, and are fond of bureaucracy who will make you feel like you are being messed around or being dealt with by incompetents, which is not fun. They are actually an extension of the local townhall who are also answerable to central police command and judiciary. They used to be traffic police and document delivery or very local presence , but now it is all sorts, armed or with tasers sometimes, they get up to more mischief than the others. Other police forces won't accept them in their own rank, some are ok.

The national police are somewhere in between, but much more disciplined than local police and not much involved in chasing up detectorists because it isn't so much their field.

The Spanish legal system is slow and often beyond understanding, even for locals.


So you really don't want to get caught up in all that too much unless you are based there and it becomes just background noise. Sometimes if you are a foreigner they will let you go because they know you will be out of the country in a short while , other times they will be harder on a foreigner because there is resentment around or because foreigners are easier to pick on.

Hope that helps anyone decide.

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