Go barking mad for a Tenerife holiday with a dog

Go barking mad for a Tenerife holiday with a dog

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Have fun with Fido when you enjoy holidays in Tenerife with a dog

The Canary Islands offer year-round sunshine, great beaches and epic trails through an otherworldly volcanic landscape. All of that is fun for humans - and for dogs, too! Why leave your precious pooch at home when you jet off for fun in the sun? Take him with you and your holiday in Tenerife will be better than ever.

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Why should you take your dog to Tenerife?

Tenerife is one of the best destinations for year-round sunshine. Even in the dead of winter, the Canary Islands are blessed with a mild, sunny climate - so if you want to get away from it all, there's no better place. Look for pet-friendly holiday lettings in Tenerife to ensure that no family members are left behind. You and your pet will both be rewarded: you'll find dog beaches, dog parks and some of the most memorable walking routes you've ever dreamed of. Plus, most restaurants and cafés will happily let your dog lounge on the terrace under your table while you enjoy a glass of wine and some delicious tapas.

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

Avid hikers tend to flock to Tenerife's Las Cañadas del Teide National Park. Mount Teide, its proud centrepiece, is a volcano that reaches 3,715m above sea level, making it the tallest mountain in all of Spain. It's better not to try to conquer it with your canine companion, as this is a very tough walk that takes about nine hours in total - far too much for a dog! However, the park is home to some of the best dog walks in Tenerife. In fact, there are dozens of trails that wind through the park, offering walks of all lengths. Even if you don't plan to reach the summit of Mount Teide, the park is well worth visiting, with its eerie volcanic landscape that feels like the surface of another planet. For something a little less otherworldly, head to Anaga Rural Park. This thickly wooded park has lots of tree coverage, so you'll have plenty of shade on hot days.

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FAQs: Pet-friendly holidays in Tenerife

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

Tenerife is blessed with an amazing climate that makes it a year-round holiday destination. Even in winter, there's lots of sunshine, with daily averages of around 17°C in December and January. Summers are not as scorching as they are in many parts of mainland Spain, and even in August - the hottest month of the year - the daily average tends to stay to a bearable 24°C. This means that you can take a dog-friendly holiday in Tenerife at any time of year. You might prefer to avoid the peak summer months of July and August, as that's when Tenerife is at its most crowded. Similarly, it may be wise to avoid the island during the annual carnival at the end of winter. The noisy parades and nightly fireworks can really upset dogs.

Where are the best dog beaches around Tenerife?

In most of Spain, all beaches permit dogs to come and splash around during the off-peak months. That's not true in Tenerife; even in winter, your dog will not be allowed on many of the island's beaches. However, there are some dog beaches in Tenerife for you and your pooch to discover together. Güimar, El Confital and El Cabezo are all dog-friendly beaches. These three may not be what you're expecting from a beach holiday: like many parts of the Canary Islands, they have black, volcanic sand. However, they're every bit as pleasant as their white sand counterparts. As well as being a dog-friendly beach, El Cabezo is a good choice for stand-up paddleboarding, and there are several centres nearby that will let you hire equipment.

Where can I find dog parks in Tenerife?

The fun doesn't stop at the beach! There are some excellent dog parks in Tenerife where your pup can play, let off steam and socialise with some new furry friends. The best is the Ana Bautista dog park in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the island. This is a spacious, modern park with plenty of agility equipment for energetic dogs to try out. Santa Cruz boasts two more dog parks, La Granja and Las Delicias, which are both worth checking out. You can also visit Montillo Park in La Matanza in north Tenerife. This park also has playground facilities for kids, so it's best for well-behaved dogs.

Are there dog-friendly restaurants and cafés in Tenerife?

Most restaurants and cafés in Spain will not allow dogs in the dining room, but they will let you sit with your pooch on the terrace. As almost all eateries in Tenerife have a terrace, and it hardly ever rains, this is a pretty good option! In the town of Los Cristianos, you'll find Azul Flojito, which is renowned as Tenerife's most dog-friendly restaurant. Here, dogs are allowed inside the dining room, and will even be offered a bowl of water. It's become very popular with dog owners, so you may need to book in advance, particularly at the weekends.

Are there any laws about dogs in public in Tenerife?

Yes. Your dog should be on a lead in public, except in specific, designated areas. Some breeds must also wear a muzzle. Never leave home without bags for cleaning up after your pet, as you can be fined if you don't pick up his poo! In fact, this is something that the Spanish take very seriously. You should also bring a squirty bottle of water with you on walks. Use it to quickly rinse any spots that your dog cocks his leg on, to avoid upsetting the neighbours - or worse, receiving a fine.

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