Pet-friendly holidays in Majorca

Pet-friendly holidays in Majorca

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Holidays in Mallorca with a dog

Can't bear the thought of leaving your four-legged friend behind when you go on holiday? Why not take Fido with you to the Mediterranean? Discover dog-friendly beaches, go on epic walks through the mountains and let your beloved pooch splash around in the sea. This guide to pet-friendly holidays in Mallorca will help you plan your next trip with your canine companion.

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Planning a Mallorca holiday with your dog

Why should I go on a pet-friendly holiday in Mallorca?

With its beautiful beaches, gourmet restaurants and great nightlife, Mallorca has something for the whole family - and that includes the four-legged members! The island is known for its natural beauty, and there are some great spots for walks in the mountains or along the coast. It also has several dog-friendly beaches, where canines can splash about all year round. What's more, Spain is known as a particularly dog-friendly country. You'll be able to eat on the terrace of a restaurant with your faithful friend snoozing at your feet.

Where should I stay on holiday in Mallorca with my dog?

Look for holiday lettings in Majorca that allow pets. You'll find lots of options that include a private garden where your four-legged friend can have plenty of space. If you're planning to spend time on the beach with your dog, you have several options. There are dog beaches in Palma, Calvià, Pollença, Andratx and Santa Margalida. You will also find great trails for walking your dog in the northeast of the island. If you've got a particularly energetic pooch, you might want to consider accommodation near the Tramuntana Mountains, which are great for long hikes.

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What you need to know about dog holidays in Mallorca

Dogs on the beach

If you're hoping for lots of fun in the sun during your trip to Mallorca, you'll need to do some research first. In winter, dogs are welcome on most beaches. However, between the 13st of March and the 1st of November, they are strictly forbidden on the majority of the island's public beaches. You'll need to look out for signs pointing to a "platja canina" for a dog-friendly beach. Es Carnatge, near Palma, is the most popular dog beach on the island. In fact, it can get very crowded, so if your pooch is highly-strung, try another spot. Llenaire in Pollença has a dog section, and there are also dog beaches in Calvià and Andratx. Perhaps the best dog beach in Mallorca is Na Patana in Santa Margalida, which is very spacious, with lots of room for dogs to run around.

Getting around the island

The easiest way to take Fido from your finca in Mallorca to go for walks and excursions is with a hire car. If you need to rely on public transport, you'll have to be careful. Dogs are allowed on buses, but they must either be in a carrier or kept under control with a lead and muzzle. Small dogs in carriers can travel on buses for free, but otherwise, you'll need to pay €0.30 for a canine ticket. Make sure your pet is well-behaved, as the driver can ask you to get off the bus if your dog is disturbing other passengers.

The best spots for walks

There are many options for hiking in Mallorca, so your pet will have plenty of choices when it's time for walkies. The impressive mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana have lots of well-marked trails ideal for dogs, including the famous Dry Stone Route. In the south of the island, the natural park of Mondragó is a great place to let your dog sniff around, with wetlands to explore. You can also head to Es Trenc, where there's a natural park with several lagoons. Just make sure to keep your dog under control. Don't let your pet run free around the sand dunes, a breeding ground for birds.

Dog-friendly restaurants

You'll find plenty of options for eating out with your dog in Mallorca. In general, you will not be allowed to bring a pet inside a restaurant. However, you can usually sit outside on the terrace with no problem, as long as your dog is under control. There are a couple of particularly dog-friendly cafés in Palma that are worth visiting, including El Perrito and the RawCoco Green Bar. They will be happy to provide a bowl of cold water for your dog to enjoy while you dine.

FAQs: Pet-friendly holidays in Majorca

What's the best time of year to go to Mallorca with my dog?

Mallorca is ideal for dogs from September to mid-June. It's best to avoid the summer months of July and August. With highs of 30°C, the temperatures are just too hot for dogs to enjoy themselves. The crowds may also be overwhelming for your pet.

How can I take my dog on the plane?

Check in advance. Some budget airlines, such as RyanAir, do not allow dogs at all. Others will have different rules depending on the size of the dog. You may be able to travel with a small dog in a carrier in the cabin, but larger pets will need to go in the hold. Before travelling, it's a good idea to train your dog to feel comfortable in a carrier, as flying can be a stressful experience for animals.

What are the local laws about dogs in public?

Legally, you are obliged to keep your dog on a lead at all times in public. You'll soon see that not all locals follow this rule, but it's better to be safe than sorry. You are risking a fine if your dog goes out and about without a lead. Consult Spain's dangerous dog list before travelling. If your dog breed is on the list, they must also be muzzled in public. You will need to clean up after your dog. This means not just carrying bags, but also a squirt bottle of water to spray if your pet leaves any wet patches on lampposts or walls.

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