Pet-friendly holidays in Barcelona

Pet-friendly holidays in Barcelona

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Grab your leash for holidays in Barcelona with a dog

You wouldn't leave your family behind when you go on holiday, so why forget about Fido? Bring your dog with you on your next holiday to Barcelona for an unforgettable trip. Around the city, you'll find some great trails for epic walkies and beautiful, dog-friendly beaches. There are also some lovely restaurants and cafés that will give your pup the welcome he deserves! Choose dog-friendly accommodation for your next holiday and let the whole family take a break together.

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Everything you need to know about a pet-friendly trip to Barcelona

Why should you take your dog to Barcelona?

When you choose pet-friendly holiday lettings in Barcelona, you're setting yourself up for a superb holiday. The city is very walkable, with green spaces like the Ciutadella Park, the hill of Montjuïc and the forested zone of Collserola. You can also go beyond the city limits to explore Catalonia with your pooch. Naturally, there are some dog-friendly beaches for you to discover. You'll also find lots of great trails running through the mountains or countryside, perfect for energetic pets who love adventures.

Where are the best places to go for a walk around Barcelona?

Without leaving the city limits, try heading to Montjuïc. This hill, which is next to the Plaça Espanya metro station, is a great place for both canines and humans. It's quite steep in places, but you'll enjoy great views across the city. Another great option for walking your dog in Barcelona is the area of Collserola, right on the outskirts of the city. As you walk through the wooded hills, you'll feel like you've been transported to the countryside. Just make sure to go by day, as many wild boars live here, and they tend to be most active at dusk. If you'd like to go hiking in Barcelona with your dog, look at the Camins de Ronda. These are a series of trails that run all along the coast of Catalonia, from Portbou in the north to Ulldecona in the far south. They're well-signposted and include beautiful beaches as well as green areas. If you'd like to explore these trails, it's best to go in the off-season, when dogs are welcome on all beaches.

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FAQs: Pet-friendly holidays in Barcelona

What's the best time of year to take my dog to Barcelona?

Summer is not ideal for your Barcelona holiday with a dog. Temperatures regularly hit 30°C, which isn't much fun for Fido! Plus, the city is a hotspot for tourists, and your poor pooch might find the crowds overwhelming. The spring and autumn offer pleasant weather that everyone will enjoy. Even in December, the daily average is a mild 14°C, so you might want to think about bringing your pup along for Christmas in Barcelona. Travel between October and March and you'll find the restrictions about dogs on beaches are relaxed, so you can take your pooch to any beach you like.

Where are the best dog beaches around Barcelona?

During the summer season, most beaches do not allow dogs. However, there are some great dog-friendly beaches for your four-legged friend during your Barcelona holiday with a dog. Top of the list is Platja de Llevant, in the city centre. It features a fenced-off area for dogs to play and has doggy drinking fountains and showers. If you want to head out of the city, then try spending the day in the stylish town of Sitges, where the Cala Vallcarca beach welcomes dogs. For something more dramatic, go to Cubelles. Les Salines Beach is a semi-wild dog beach. The water is shallow, which makes it a superb choice for pups who want to splash around without needing to swim. Plus, many beaches will allow dogs to visit even in summer, as long as it's between the hours of 8pm and 8am. If you fancy a late night or early morning walk, you're in luck.

Which dog-friendly cafés in Barcelona should I visit?

Most restaurants and cafés in Barcelona have street terraces where you can sit, often paying a small supplement. In general, well-behaved dogs are welcome on these terraces, although only guide dogs can go inside restaurants. Some dog-friendly cafés are particularly known for the warm welcome they offer pets. For breakfast or lunch, try Granja Petitbo, which has two locations in the city centre. Another option is Inu Café, which has a special dog menu to ensure your canine companion eats just as well as you do. Fancy a drink? Try BrewDog Barcelona, which has artisan beers for humans and lots of water for dogs!

Can I take my dog on public transport in Barcelona?

Dogs can go on the metro in Barcelona, although there is a strict limit of one dog per person, and they are not permitted to sit on the seats. Dogs are also allowed on the Rodalies trains, which will take you to nearby towns and cities. They must be leashed and under control, and on some lines, you may need to pay a surcharge. There is no official law about dogs on buses; it all depends on the driver's discretion.

What laws should I be aware of before taking my dog to Barcelona?

Don't let your Barcelona holiday with a dog be ruined by an unwelcome fine! Remember that you are obliged to clean up after your dog. You should carry a squirty bottle of water as well as bags, so you can spray water on any wet patches your dog leaves on the street. Your dog should be leashed when in the city, and some breeds also need to wear a muzzle.

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