About the Author

Alan Gandy

Alan, along with Elle, is the owner of Spain Buddy. He was born in the North of England (Lancashire) and travelled extensively before eventually settling in Almería. Alan has 3 sons from the first of his 18 marriages, (Sam, Joe & Ben) who are all now adults. You can read more articles by Alan on his personal blog at AlanGandy.com and see more of his photography on his photography website as well as on Flickr and Instagram. Also, for less than the price of a cup of coffee each month you can help support Alan's photography (and get some freebies into the bargain). Click here to visit his Patreon page to find out more.


  1. Chris M
    October 11, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Excellent and informative article.

  2. Elle Draper Elle Draper
    October 11, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    Thanks Chris!

  3. tomos
    October 11, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

    18 marriages? ;-)

  4. Elle Draper Elle Draper
    October 11, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    He he. It’s a little joke, Tomos. Read more here: https://www.spainbuddy.com/about-us/

  5. Francisco J. Serrano
    October 11, 2013 @ 10:58 pm

    Alan, the “Vedado de Pesca” means “No Fishing” or “Fishing Prohibited”.. When you have “Veda” means you cannot hunt or fish.

  6. Elle Draper Elle Draper
    October 11, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

    Thanks Francsico – much appreciated! Corrected now.
    Elle x

  7. David McVittie
    April 6, 2016 @ 6:10 pm

    Very useful and helpful. Thanks a lot. Gracias

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