Metal Detecting in Spain

Information about the law apertaining to Spain can be obtained from the NCMD site listed on the Useful sites page or take this link direct to the relevant pages.

Spanish Law re Metal Detecting

We all know of detectorists going to Spain who take their metal detectors with them, to "do" the beaches. Most of them don't seem to have any problems, but they could!

If you consult with the Spanish Tourist Office in London their general information sheet states "The use of metal detectors is not allowed unless an import license for the detector has previously been issued. Further enquiries should be made to the Spanish Commercial Office. The Commercial Office in turn will provide the following info (in brief):

Because the use of metal detectors inherantly involves the finding of national heritage/archaeological/treasure trove items anything found by this method of recovery could be covered by the relevant law (Historical Heritage) of 25/06/1985 & Royal Decree of 10/01/1986. It would then be necessary to comply with the complex proceedures outlined in these enactments, making it highly unlikely that any item discovered could be removed from Spain. The consent if given can take several months and if of historical/artistic interest it would be unlikely.

Basically they are saying anything found should in theory go through the appropriate assessment, even current coinage!

There is further legislation unrelated to the historical /cultural aspect which could cause a detectorist problems. The metal detector being used may not comply with radiation safeguard legislation.

Finally if this hasn't put you off. There have be complaints from local Naval authorities that use of Metal Detectors interferes with electronic communications.

These problems relate to both land and beach detecting in Spain.

The official advise therefore, is that is preferable NOT to use metal detectors in Spain.

For those of you looking to detect in the Murcia region of Spain the following link to may be of interest. There is a group of detectorists who have set up their own group in this area.



Here you will find a large range of Metal Detectors from a range of manufacturers covering the requirements of the beginner to an experienced Detectorist.



Here you will find all the other accessories which we stock in addition to Coils & Covers, Books & Clothing.



We stock a large selection of used metal detectors from all of the major manufacturers. Detecnicks buy used detectors & part-exchange is always welcome.



We currently stock promotional clothing, including our own Detectorist T-shirts .



Coils & Covers for all the manufacturer machines which we stock as well as some after market coils supplied for those machines and manufacturer models not stocked by ourselves.



A large selection of headphones and headphone accessories designed for all kind of metal detecting.

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