Fishing On Mallorca

7 October 2019

Perhaps the idea of catching your own dinner and bringing it back to the BBQ appeals to you? Well if so, then obtaining a fishing licence isn’t too tricky.

Currently the law states than any individual over the age of fourteen will need to obtain a fishing licence, so don't even think of catching your own without unless you are on a paid fishing cruise. These people normally have a boat license (see below) which is valid for the people on board.

There are five types of licence that can be applied for:

  • Individual: one person
  • Collective: up to twelve people
  • Submarine: scuba or spear fishing
  • Sport: tournaments and competitions
  • Boat: up to five people.
Man little girl fishing evening sunset mallorca

Cost #

As of this writing, an individual licence costs 25.41€, and you will receive a small plastic card (licencia en tarjeta plastica) in the post entitling you to a licence for two years. If you’re prepared to print out a paper copy (licencia imprimible en papel) you will only have to pay 15.41€ for the same entitlement.

Restrictions #

The fishing licence is restricted to one of eleven areas across the island and you must select your area during the application process. These areas are he areas are:

  • North/Northeast/Northwest: Badia d’Alcudia, Badia de Pollença, Cala Castell to Cap de Formentor, Cap de Ferrutx to Punta de n’Amer, Sa Foradada to Cala Castell
  • West/Southwest: Cala en Basset to Sa Foradada, Cala Figuera to Cala en Basset
  • South: Cap Salines to Cap Blanc
  • East: Punta de n’Amer a S’Amarador
  • Palma: Badia de Palma
Men fishing palma de mallorca

Where to Apply #

All licences can be applied for online at Be warned though, the website is only available in Catalan or Spanish. To apply you need some form of ID, as a resident your NIE will do, and as a tourist your passport.

Get The BBQ Going #

Upon obtaining the licence - Happy Fishing! Ensure you’re never within 100 metres of a fishing boat, sunbathers, beach goers or a harbour- and you’ll be fine!

Man fishing on mallorquin boat

DISCLAIMER: All information contained in this may change due to changing laws and regulations and/or based on where in Spain you are.


7 October, 2019


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