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What documentation do you need to sail in Spain?

You need a sailing license ('título de patrón') to sail boats over 5 metres in length, or motorboats over 4 metres and more than 11.03 kilowatts of power. You also need a sailing license to ride waterbikes (except when rented for use in a circuit). Citizens from non-EU countries may be required to have a certified copy of their sailing license. This should be requested at the consulate. If you're sailing your own boat, you'll have to show documentation to certify your ownership of the boat and the obligatory insurance. If you wish to rent a boat and you don't have a Spanish sailing licence, you'll need to submit an authorisation from the competent Harbourmaster's office. This should state that the attributions granted are the same as in the foreign license. Remember that high-speed or dynamically supported craft are subject to special control: you must notify your navigation plans, place your EAV badge in a place visible from the air, and dock in specific locations. We recommend that you check these requirements with the Spanish consulate or embassy.

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What are the regulations for recreational fishing?

Sea fishing: For recreational sea fishing in bays, inlets, coves and so on you need a licence from the autonomous region where you wish to fish. If you are intending to fish for protected species you will require authorisation from the General Secretariat of the Sea. For more information on recreational sea fishing in the open sea we recommend visiting the official website of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment. You'll find information on how to obtain a license, species, prohibitions and associations for recreational sea fishing in the open sea. More information: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment River fishing This is regulated by the autonomous regions. You'll find useful links in the section on river fishing on the website of the Spanish Government's Citizens' Advice Service. There are companies that arrange specific fishing packages that will be happy to take care of these procedures. You can find them through your travel agent. More information: Spanish Government's Citizens' Advice Service Representative of the Spanish Recreational Fishing Confederation Spanish Fishing and Casting Federation

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What are the hunting regulations in Spain?

To hunt you need a hunting licence (issued by the autonomous region where you wish to hunt. Their websites usually provide information on the requirements and the documentation to be submitted), weapons permit (issued by the Ministry of the Interior through the Firearms Control Department of the Guardia Civil) and an obligatory insurance (obtained from any insurance company in the world whose policy covers huntsmen's liability in Spain). Four types of area are regulated: Controlled hunting areas: each autonomous region has its own legislation. It is advisable to check with the Department of the Environment in the region where you're planning on hunting. Regional hunting reserves: each autonomous region has its own game reserves. They are assigned by lottery once a year. Recreational game reserves: these are managed by recreational hunting associations. Private hunting reserves: managed by the owners themselves. The owner's authorisation is required to hunt in them. There are companies that arrange special tourist hunting packages and take care of all the official procedures. We recommend checking the website of the Royal Spanish Hunting Federation .

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What should you know if you're planning to cycle in Spain?

Many cities in have special cycle lanes. Another common option is to rent a bike by the hour and you can sometimes leave them in specially regulated bike parks. Also bear in mind the following: Helmet use is mandatory on intercity roads, and in cities for everyone under the age of 16. It is prohibited to ride on motorways. Riding on dual carriageways is only permitted for over 14s, exclusively on the hard shoulder. It is obligatory to use officially-approved lighting when riding at night, in tunnels or on sections where the tunnel signalling applies. On intercity roads, cyclists must wear some item of reflective clothing that makes them visible from a distance of 150 metres. Cyclists are permitted to ride in parallel, in columns two deep, but should always keep as far to the right of the road as possible.