Detecting in Portugal


Mar 16, 2023
I live in the Algarve in Southern Portugal. From what I´ve read on the internet, detecting is prohibited in the country unless a permit is issued. There is no mention of detecting on your own land and I wonder if this is allowed as we have quite a big plot of land.
I´ve also read that there are metal detecting clubs in Portimão and Lagoa but I can´t find any contact details for either. These clubs would probably be able to explain far more about the ins and outs of detecting in Portugal.
Can anyone on this forum point me in the right direction of the clubs please?


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Apr 29, 2011
Cashion Oklahoma
Detector(s) used
White Eagle II, Minelab ETrac
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
I am actually considering a move to Portugal, I'd like to know this aswell. I've done some research on the subject and was searching tonight hoping to find a dedicated forum to the region. It seems that permits are required for beaches and public places and personal property is more like UK law, where you have to report all of your finds and they have the right to come in with an archaeologist etc. as well as sell the find and split the money with you. I would really like to what the actual policy is, I'd hate to move and lose my gear. I've heard anecdotally that it can be seized even if your driving around with it in your vehicle under suspicion of "nighthawking"

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