Get your tail wagging on the Costa del Sol on a Nerja holiday with a dog

Get your tail wagging on the Costa del Sol on a Nerja holiday with a dog

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Nerja with a dog: bring the whole family with you on holiday

The charming town of Nerja is one of the jewels of the Costa del Sol. It's a great place to spend a holiday, nestled among gorgeous beaches and picturesque hills - and your dog will love it just as much as you do! With a bit of planning, you can enjoy a dog-friendly holiday in sunny Spain that will get your pup's tail wagging.

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Making plans for your dog-friendly holiday in Nerja

Why should you take your dog to Nerja?

In general, Spain is known as a pet-friendly destination. In sunny towns like Nerja, a dog taking a snooze on the terrace of a bar or restaurant is a common sight, and there are some great trails to explore for walks near our pet-friendly holiday lettings in Nerja. The Costa del Sol enjoys fabulous weather all year round, so it's an excellent choice if you want a doggy holiday out of the high season. You're bound to find plenty of places to go, things to see and new smells for your pup to sniff!

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

While many people flock to the Costa del Sol for its beaches, the region also has some wonderful hilly areas that provide the best dog walks in Nerja. There are routes to suit all levels of fitness. If you and your dog like to take it easy, try the 3-km walk to Las Cuevas de Nerja. The highlight of this trail is the chance to explore the caves themselves, which provide a dramatic change of scenery. Want more of a challenge? Try the walk to the Ermita de San Isidro, which runs for 10 picturesque kilometres. You'll need to have strong legs to climb up to the ermita, which is a small chapel perched high on a ridge. From up there, you'll enjoy spectacular views that stretch over Nerja and the nearby countryside. The 15-km loop to the Arroyo del Puerto is one of the longest and most rewarding walks in the area. It's best reserved for the off-season though, as it passes Playazo Beach, which is only dog-friendly between October and March.

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FAQs: Pet-friendly holidays in Nerja

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

Summers in southern Spain can be brutally hot. In Nerja, temperatures in July and August regularly hit 30°C or more, and the daily average hovers at around 27°C. For this reason, it's best to avoid taking your dog to Nerja in high season; temperatures that are hot for humans are extremely difficult for dogs. You'll also have crowds to deal with, as this is the most popular time of year for holidaymakers. It's better to look for villas in Nerja for a dog-friendly holiday during the shoulder season. You can still swim in the sea in September, and the temperatures don't drop below an average of 20°C until late October.

Where are the best dog beaches around Nerja?

Be careful when you want to take your dog to the beach in Nerja. Most dogs in Spain prohibit dogs in the summer months, but they are generally welcome from October to May. However, that's not always the case in this area, and some popular beaches, such as Burriana, do not allow dogs at any time of year. Neverthless, there are some dog-friendly beaches in Nerja for you and your pooch to explore. The nearby Torrox dog beach is a popular choice, but the beach at Torre del Mar is even better. It has agility equipment for active dogs to play around on, as well as a dedicated doggy drinking fountain.

Can I take my dog to restaurants and cafés in Nerja?

Every establishment in Spain sets its own rules about dogs. As a rule of thumb, it's rare for a restaurant to allow dogs in the dining room. However, most eateries have a terrace where you can sit outside under a sun umbrella, and well-behaved dogs are usually welcome. Some upscale restaurants won't permit pooches, so always check with the waiter before you sit down. Berebere Oasis de Mar, in nearby Torre del Mar, is a good option for dog-friendly dining. It overlooks the sea, so you'll enjoy great views. It's also close to the Torre del Mar dog beach, allowing you to combine walkies and lunch! You'll find another dog-friendly restaurant, La Cochera, in the town of La Herradura. This serves exotic, Indian-inspired dishes, so it's also a good option if you fancy a break from Spanish cuisine.

Are there any dog parks in Nerja?

At the moment, there are no dog parks in the town itself. However, there are some great dog parks near Nerja where your four-legged friend can run around off-lead. Try the Parque de Perros in Torrox if you're eager to make new friends, as it's a popular choice for doggy socialising. It has agility equipment if your dog enjoys letting off steam by running an obstacle course, as well as large green lawns for loping around.

What laws should I be aware of before I bring my dog to Nerja?

Spain lists some breeds of dog as "PPP" (perros potencialmente peligrosas, or potentially dangerous dogs). They must be kept on a muzzle at all times, so if in doubt, check that your breed is not on the list. All dogs, regardless of size or level of obedience, should be on a lead while in public, unless you're in a specific area like a dog park. You are legally obliged to clean up after your dog, so don't forget your poo bags when you're out and about! There is a common Spanish custom of squirting a bottle of water at any wet patches your dog leaves in the street, too.

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