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Traveling with your best friend – where in Europe are the most dog-friendly?

Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny - Reporter at The European Times News

As part of the family, the dog deserves a vacation no less than we do. Instead of searching for the best pet-friendly hotels, plan your trip so that your friend is part of the adventure. There are many opportunities, and some that are a great opportunity to discover a new destination.

Europe is the best and closest choice, whether by car, camper or by plane, you can always experience memorable emotions.

Remember that your pet must be vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped and have a passport. This is quite enough to carelessly indulge in the journey. Keep in mind that if you’ve decided to visit museums and cultural centers, this can’t happen with your dog, but you’ll find so many other different ways to entertain yourself.

Ireland and Scotland

The Irish don’t just love dogs – they adore them. It is no coincidence that they also have a breed – the Irish Wolfhound. The blissfully gentle giant is an ancient breed that existed in Ireland as far back as the 4th century. Even just this short canine reference can give you an idea of ​​what to expect in terms of treatment for your furry pet. There are even tour operators here that specialize in finding the best for your dog. Special insurances are also available. Everywhere you will be well received and appreciate the Irish spirit. The Scots also offer excellent opportunities. Besides hotels and restaurants, you can even visit the castles with your dog. Mandatory with a leash, and if it is of a larger breed, with a muzzle. In Norway, you can enjoy endless expanses and routes worthy of any adventurer


It is among the most dog-friendly. Most of the owners of the hotels and apartments for rent do not mind having a four-legged guest. The only requirement is that you have made a reservation in advance. Restaurants, except those with a Michelin star, will also welcome you. If you choose Bern, you will enjoy opportunities for long walks around the city and its surroundings. Lake Yoshinen is 66 kilometers from the capital. It is mesmerizingly beautiful and worth a visit. Every other city in Switzerland will also offer you its hospitality.


There isn’t a dog or a person here that doesn’t feel at home wherever they come from. Norwegians value our friends and want them to be as well as we do. If the dog is on a leash, you have followed all the important regulations for deworming and vaccination, you can be together almost anywhere. In Norway, your dog will be the ruler of the forest. Endless expanses and routes worthy of any adventurer.

Italy and France

They are always the perfect travel option. And when you head out with your pet, there’s nothing to worry about. Italians are not as affectionate towards dogs as the Irish, but they are wonderful companions, even on four legs. This means they will enjoy your dog as much as they welcome you. And if you decide to leave him for an hour or two at the hotel, they’ll make sure he’s not bored. The Abruzzo region, for example, is the perfect destination for you and your dog. It’s only a little over an hour’s drive from Rome, and it’s not that well known to tourists. There are three national parks in the region. The trails are great for long walks and you can enjoy the architecture of the small Italian villages. If you don’t have a car, the train is the most convenient transport, and dogs are allowed. Local hotels don’t mind accommodating you and your dog. In Italy, there is also a culinary surprise for your pet that will not be offered anywhere else – ice cream for dogs. In almost all gelaterias, he can try different flavors. In France, you can even take your dog to the beach and try specialties together at one of the chic restaurants along the Seine if you choose Paris. The Abruzzo region is the perfect destination for you and your pet

 Germany and Austria

Both countries have excellent options for dogs, in every city. You can travel in public transport, visit the parks and gardens of some of the palaces. Every restaurant and bar will take care of your pet by giving you a bowl of water, others also offer food. In Austria, dogs are equal citizens. Once they have documents, they also have rights. They can enter stores, even some of the big grocery chains. If you use the subway, your dog must be muzzled.


Barcelona is one of the dog friendly cities. Your dog can safely travel on public transport, be with you on the beach and swim freely without being penalized. Dogs are welcome in the restaurants.

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