Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
—Roger Caras (photographer and writer)
Is the dog your best friend or a part of your family? Then, we can imagine that wherever you travel, you would like to take your Fido with you. If you are coming to Barcelona with a dog, there is nothing to worry about! It’s a very pet-friendly city which offers many attractions both for the owners and their dogs. On the streets of Barcelona, you can see everyday a lot of dogs in any breed, size, and color. It’s the best proof of that visiting Barcelona with a dog will be a pleasure for both you and the puppy!
Things to do
Barcelona is a very dog-friendly city and will offer you many attractions for you and your dog. Of course, it will be not possible to enter to the main hot spots like Sagrada Familia, museums and others indoor monuments, but there are still many things to do with your dog. Barcelona is a perfect city for long walks, during which you can admire art, architecture masterpieces, and facades of splendid modernist buildings. You can start your walk from the upper side of Passeig de Gracia to see the Gaudi’s monuments La Pedrera and Casa Batlló (sidewalks there are very wide, but you have to remember to leash your dog as there are a lot of cars around). Then turn left to the street Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes to reach Plaza Tetuan then, impressive Arc de Triomf, from which are only a few steps to your final destination – Parc de la Ciutadella. The park, although is full of people on weekends, is a perfect place to have a rest, let your dog out and have fun!
Another park you can enjoy with your doggy is the famous Park Güell. You can easily enter even to its monumental part (don’t forget to book your tickets in advance!). Moreover, dogs are also very welcome in public parks such as Parque Joan Miró, Parque de la Estació del Nord or Parque de la Espanya Industrial.
Barcelona is known for its beautiful beaches, which you will definitely want to visit. Unfortunately, during the high season for bathing, on Barcelona’s beaches, there are some restrictions. It’s prohibited to go to the beach with your dog during the weekends from April to October and in any day from 1st of July to the last Sunday of September. However, Llevant beach has a special area, marked out for dogs and it’s opened from 1st of June to 25th of September (2017). There are also some dog beaches around Barcelona: Cala Vallcarca near Sitges or Playa de la Picordia in Arenys de Mar.
And if you want something extra for your puppy you can visit Canino Can Jane Resort with a special swimming pool for dogs, just 30 minutes from Barcelona.
In the city, you will also find dog-friendly attractions like Cronologic Escape Room. You can also take a ride on Funky Cycle Rickshaw City Tour, which willingly will take your dog on a board 😉 During your stay in Barcelona be up-to-date with some outdoor events such as Palo Alto Market – a weekend festival with live music, food trucks and design, organized on the first weekend of every month. Of course, it’s 100% dog-friendly!
You can easily use a public transport move around Barcelona with your dog. However, you have to follow some restrictions; In Barcelona’s metro and bus networks it’s allowed to travel with one dog per person. All dogs in metro and bus area must wear a muzzle and be kept on a non-extending lead and remain within 50 cm of the handler. On weekdays from 11 September to 24 June, dogs are not allowed on the metro between 7.00 and 9.30 am, and between 5.00 and 7.00 pm. On weekends and on public holidays, dogs are allowed at any time and during the summer (from 24 June to 11 September).
You can also travel with your dog by taxi, but always make sure that the transfer company you choose is pet-friendly and if it takes any additional fees for the dog.
- Although all the places we mentioned are dog-friendly, bear in mind that during the high season or rush hours that places can be crowded, which might be not suitable for your dog.
- Always have a bottle of water for your dog. You can easily fulfill it in one of drinking fountains in the city.
Where to Eat
In Barcelona, you don’t have to struggle a lot with the choice of restaurants and bars which accept dogs. In many of them they are very welcomed, so you can enjoy your meal or a cold beer with your dog next to you. Here you have some options:
This colorful cafe-bar located in a small patio in heart of el Born district, is a good choice for breakfast or lunch. It’s is not just a place with delicious food it’s also a non-profit organization, which gives work opportunities for immigrants and organizes multicultural workshops. You can sit on its beautiful terrace and enjoy sunny mornings with your doggy.
For delicious brunch, you should head to Can Dendê. It’s a charming local with friendly stuff where you can have typical brunch options such as french toast or eggs benedict and also some dishes with a Brazilian touch. Ah, and don’t forget that little Dendê the dog is the boss there!
Fàbrica Moritz Barcelona
It’s a restaurant of Barcelonian Moritz brewery. Typical Spanish tapas and a big selection of elaborated at the same place beers. We love it thanks to its delicious food and unique, spacious venue where you can spend delightful time till late night hours inside or at their cozy terrace.
Where to stay
Seeking for dog-friendly apartments for your stay in Barcelona? Take a look at some of them:
Comfortable apartment for 4 people (and a dog!) located in Sants-Montjuïc neighborhood for daily and monthly rental. It’s just a few minutes from beautiful parks Espanya Industrial Park and the Parc de Joan Miró and Montjuic hill, where you can go for walks.
From 63€/ NIGHT; 1200€ / MONTH| 40m² | License : HUTB-001182
Accommodation in a city center in the charming Gothic district. The apartment features elegant and modern style with a rustic touch. It also has a balcony where you can have a morning coffee or romantic dinner.
From 157€ / NIGHT| 80m2 | License : HUTB-002464
This stylish apartment for big families or groups of friends is located in a quiet neighborhood near the El Clot metro station. Close by there are many areas where you can walk and play with your dog and have a picnic with your friends.
From 81€/ NIGHT; 1550€ / MONTH| 90m2 | License : HUTB-002414
Check out also our article on pet-friendly apartments!