Your Menorca holiday with a dog: get ready for fun with you four-legged friend

Your Menorca holiday with a dog: get ready for fun with you four-legged friend

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Pack your pup for holidays in Menorca with a dog

Can't stand the thought of leaving Fido at home while you go on holiday? Take your four-legged friend with you! A Menorca holiday with a dog is a great way to take a break. This Balearic island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, so it's packed with beautiful spots for you to explore. With special dog-friendly beaches and loads of great areas for walkies, your pooch is sure to have the trip of a lifetime.

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Everything you need to know about holidays in Menorca with your dog

Why choose Menorca for a pet-friendly holiday?

Quiet and peaceful, Menorca is a nature lover's paradise. While travellers flock to Mallorca and Ibiza for wild parties and a taste of the celeb lifestyle, Menorca attracts a more laid-back crowd. This makes it an ideal choice for a dog-friendly getaway. There are large areas of unspoiled nature across the island, including beautiful beaches, rolling green hills and trails for you and your pup to explore. Locals are also generally very welcoming to dogs, with most restaurants around the island happy for Fido to chill out under your table on the terrace while you eat.

Where are the best spots on the island for walkies?

Why not go hiking in Menorca with your pet? You can add the famous Camí de Cavalls to your dog-friendly holiday. You and your pooch may not tackle all of this epic, 185-km trail that circles the island, but you can certainly do a few stages during your trip. Most of the Camí de Cavalls consists of unpaved paths, which are a lot gentler on your pup's paws than hard asphalt. You can also pay a visit to some of the more remote sections of Menorca's coast, where dogs can roam and explore as much as they like. The remote Cala Pudent, for example, is a good choice for a nature walk. There are no facilities near this little cove, so make sure you're carrying enough water.

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FAQs: Pet-friendly holidays in Menorca

Which beaches in Menorca are dog-friendly?

If you're visiting Menorca in the peak season with your pet, it's a good idea to look for holiday lettings in Menorca near Es Migjorn Gran. That's because the best dog beaches in Menorca are all located in this village. Cala Escorxada and Cala Fustam are open to dogs all year round. Dogs can also visit Binigaus, but only between the hours of 7 pm and 9 am. Before you set out for your evening walk, keep in mind that Binigaus is also a nudist beach. In Mahón, dogs are welcome on Cala Biniparratx. For easy access, visit Menorca in the off-season. Between October and March, the rules are relaxed, and dogs can enjoy all of Menorca's beaches.

What are the laws that every dog owner should know before travelling to Menorca?

In Spain, you are legally obliged to clean up after your pet. You should carry bags with you to scoop up any mess, as well as a bottle of water to squirt on wet patches. Beware: some visitors to the Balearic Islands have been hit with fines of €300 for not cleaning up, and the police have been known to use DNA testing to find the guilty canine. You'll need to keep your dog on a leash in most public spaces, particularly in cities. Before travelling, you should also check any breed-specific regulations. Some breeds of dogs must be muzzled in public.

Where can you find dog-friendly cafés in Menorca?

In general, most of Menorca's cafés and restaurants will have no problem with well-behaved dogs, as long as you stay on the terrace. It's a good idea to bring your own bowl, and the staff will usually be happy to fill it up with water for your pup. For a café that specifically welcomes dogs, try Pipet & Co in Mahón. Specialising in brunch dishes, this is a great place to stop in the morning. Its desserts and cakes are all homemade, and simply must be tried! Elsewhere, Es Bruc in the town of Sant Tomàs is a dog-friendly restaurant, close to the pet beaches of Es Migjorn Gran.

What's the best time of year to visit Menorca with your dog?

Menorca has milder summers than Mallorca and Ibiza, with temperatures rarely going far above 30°C. However, it's still best to avoid the summer for your holiday in Menorca with a dog if you can. For one thing, dog beaches are limited in the summer months. For another, although the temperatures are not extreme, there are areas of the island with very little shade. Many of the trails that make up the Camí de Cavalls are totally unshaded. For a more comfortable experience, visit in the off-season. You could even come for Christmas in Menorca with your dog, and spend Christmas morning taking a walk on the beach.

Is your dog welcome on public transport in Menorca?

Buses are the only form of public transport in Menorca. Guide dogs are welcome on all buses, but other pets will need to depend on the driver's discretion. In general, dogs in carriers are always welcome and small dogs are usually permitted, but large dogs may not be allowed to board. If you're calling for a taxi, advise the driver in advance. Some drivers will allow dogs in their vehicle, often for a supplemental fee.

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