As passionate pet parents, we know the guilt of leaving our furry friends behind when we set off on a holiday. It tugs at our heartstrings every time. But what if we told you that dog friendly travel in Spain is more than just a dream?
Spain is one of our very favourite destinations! And, it has emerged as a hotspot for those of us wanting to embark on memorable journeys with our four-legged pals. So, let’s dive deep into the world of canine-approved Spanish getaways!
Why choose Spain for your pet-inclusive vacation?
We’ve always believed that holidays are better when shared with our loyal companions. Some of our best memories are in Byron Bay, Australia, and Margate, UK, when we could take our little London dog Westie with us!
A recent survey by Statista reveals we’re not alone in this sentiment. Did you know that 56% of UK travellers prefer holidays with their pets? And the reason is clear: it makes the holiday even more special.
Thanks to Spain-Holiday and Holidu’s recent insights, we’ve uncovered some of Spain’s top destinations that roll out the red carpet for our dogs.
Holiday Homes: A Perfect Stay for You and Your Pooch
If you’re all about comfort and convenience when travelling with your pet, holiday homes in Spain should be on your radar. With 27% of these homes being pet-friendly, Spain is leading the way compared with its European neighbours like Greece and Portugal. Particularly, if you’re heading to the north, Castilla y León proudly boasts 41% of pet-accommodating holiday rentals.
Spanish Beach Holidays with Your Loyal Companion
Dreaming of sunbathing alongside your pup? Spain’s costas are a paradise for dog lovers.
The Costa del Azahar shines as a top pick with nearly half of its holiday rentals being pet-friendly. Imagine strolling along Blue Flag beaches in lovely towns like Peñiscola and Benicassim with your furry mate! But the list doesn’t end there; Costa Brava and Costa del Maresme are also buzzing with pet-friendly spots, making beach getaways a breeze.
Sunny Escapes Tailored for Your Pet
Winter blues? Escape to Spain’s sun-drenched coasts with your pet! Top recommendations for autumn/winter 2023, and coming into 2024 are Calpe, Benidorm, and Javea on the Costa Blanca. Not only are these destinations pet-accommodating, but they also promise Spain’s mildest winter climates.
Affordable Adventures with Your Four-Legged Friend
Looking for a budget-friendly holiday without compromising on the fun? Torrevieja offers fantastic deals, especially during autumn and winter. With a variety of pet-friendly accommodations, you and your dog can enjoy Spain without burning a hole in your pocket.
However, if luxury is what you’re after, Barcelona, Javea, and Palma de Mallorca are the ritzy options to consider.
Dog friendly travel in Spain is more than a trend – it’s a movement we’re wholeheartedly embracing. As we pack our bags (and doggy treats), we hope you’ll join us on this delightful journey through Spain’s pet-loving landscapes.
Got any other tips, or questions? Please let us know in the comments below :)
We’re so excited to share this – TLL featured on The Offbeat Life podcast! I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the lovely Debbie Archangeles, founder of The Offbeat Life for a chat on her popular podcast. Guests on The Offbeat Life share similar values to Cooper and I. They seek ways to bring more global experiences into their lives, weaving work, travel and lifestyle into an immersion of other cultures.
In this episode, Debbie and I talk about ways to take your work on the road. We highlight great tips for anyone dreaming of an ‘offbeat life’ adventure! In particular, becoming a digital nomad, remote worker or expat abroad.
How can you travel longer, live and work from anywhere?
Have a listen to Cooper’s and my story, hopefully we can share advice that motivates you to take the leap!
Debbie and I had a great chat about house sitting too.
Because house sitting is a fantastic enabler of a freedom filled lifestyle that suits remote workers and digital nomads to a T! This sentiment is everything that inspires our own podcast, Freedom and Four Paws.
In our Offbeat Life chat, I cover the top mistakes newbie house sitters make – find out how to avoid them, listen on:
We had such a lovely time discovering dog friendly Margate! It’s a town nestled on the southeast coast of England in Kent – one that has seen a revival as a sought-after seaside destination.
For years, this town has seamlessly blended traditional British seaside allure with modern arts and culture. We were drawn to its magnetic charm, and our recent visit reaffirmed why it’s a must-visit. A snapshot into dog friendly Margate is here:
Turner Contemporary: A Modern Art Haven
Starting off our journey, one of our first stops was the Turner Contemporary, a beacon of modern art on Margate’s seafront. Named in honour of the 19th-century artist J.M.W. Turner, who was enamoured with Margate’s unique light, this gallery showcases a plethora of contemporary visual arts from global artists. Interestingly, with ever-changing exhibitions, there’s always something fresh and intriguing to witness.
Dreamland: A Nostalgic Adventure
Following that, another highlight is Dreamland, a vintage amusement park that has graced Margate since the early 1900s. After undergoing its recent restoration, Dreamland now boasts retro rides, roller discos, and lively music events. The park’s nostalgic ambiance captivated us, especially the iconic Scenic Railway wooden rollercoaster. It’s an absolute must-ride!
Margate’s Seaside and the Enigmatic Shell Grotto
Transitioning to a more relaxed vibe, strolling along Margate Main Sands was a serene experience. This sandy beach, ideal for sunbathing and swimming, is complemented by a promenade dotted with quaint shops, cafes, and restaurants. However, the real surprise awaited us at the Shell Grotto. Discovered in 1835, this subterranean passage is adorned with intricate seashell mosaics. The grotto’s origins remain a mystery, making it an even more intriguing attraction.
On a side note, our experience here was a hit on social media – check it out!
Old Town and Dog-Friendly Spots
Initially, we couldn’t resist exploring Margate’s Old Town, a treasure trove of independent shops, galleries, and eateries. The best part? Moreover, the best part? Most of these spots are dog-friendly! Our little Westie, London, was more than happy to accompany us, basking in the sun and enjoying the warm ambiance of the town.
A Sunset to Remember
Subsequently, we wrapped up our Margate adventure with a breath-taking sunset, echoing those at Cafe Mambo, Ibiza. Along with many others, we perched on the newly constructed stairs along Margate Harbour’s seafront, absorbing the mesmerising hues of the setting sun.
Margate boasts a plethora of activities, establishing itself as a perfect getaway. Its art galleries, beaches, and the enigmatic Shell Grotto cater to diverse interests. If you seek dog-friendly spots, Margate delivers. We eagerly anticipate our next visit!
What can we say, it’s worth spending 48 hours in Whitstable, Kent! :)
Stepping off the train, we were greeted by the radiant sun shining over Whitstable, a picturesque seaside town on the coast of Kent in Southern England. We had been here once before, and it was so nice to be able to return! Just an hour’s train ride from London, we were eager to dive back into the wonders of this renowned fishing town, adorned with pastel-coloured fishing cottages, expansive pebbled beaches, and an array of quirky shops.
Every corner of Whitstable whispered tales of its rich maritime heritage, a legacy that stretches back to Roman times.
Take a look:
The Oyster Experience
The town’s pride in its oyster farming is palpable, and we learned of the annual Whitstable Oyster Festival, a grand celebration complete with parades, performances, and, naturally, oyster-eating competitions. Tasting the famed Whitstable oysters was the crowning jewel. The taste was a harmonious blend of saline, a touch of saltiness, complemented by a creamy sweetness. One was simply not enough.
Artistic Flair and Coastal Pubs
Our stroll down Harbour Street was nothing short of enchanting. The street, alive with energy, was a tapestry of quirky boutiques, unique shops, and a delightful mix of colourful weatherboard houses, historic edifices, and charming cottages. Our exploration led us to the intriguing street art by Catman, Whitstable’s answer to Banksy. For those in search of a unique coastal pub experience, “Neppies” or Old Neptunes is the place to be.
A Culinary Finale
As our 48 hours neared its end, we decided to indulge in the town’s best fish and chips at Ossie’s. The generous servings and the golden, flaky fish were the perfect culmination to our Whitstable adventure. Sitting on the beach, watching the sun dip below the horizon and the waves gently caress the shore, we reflected on our time in Whitstable.
A town that seamlessly marries its rich history with modern allure. If the Kent Coast is on your radar, Whitstable is a must-visit. A town that’s not just picturesque but also dog-friendly. And remember, the oysters are a must-try!
Ibiza, an island renowned for its vibrant nightlife, stunning beaches, and rich history, has always been a top destination for travellers. But there’s a unique way to experience the island’s magic that many might overlook: boat tours. We recently embarked on such a journey, and our experience was nothing short of magical.
Setting Sail in Ibiza
The moment we set sail, the atmosphere was electric. The Mediterranean’s crystal-clear waters stretched endlessly, with the sun casting a shimmering trail across the waves. The boat was filled with an enthusiastic crowd, all eager to experience Ibiza’s magic. Laughter, dancing, and the clinking of glasses set the tone for the day.
One of the boat’s standout features was a slide that plunged directly into the refreshing waters of the Mediterranean. Imagine the thrill of diving into the sapphire sea right off the deck of a party boat. It’s an experience that’s hard to replicate.
Discovering Hidden Gems
The boat tour wasn’t just about partying and enjoying the sea. It was also an opportunity to explore parts of the island that aren’t easily accessible by land. The stunning rock formations, hidden coves, and pristine beaches were a sight to behold.
One of the highlights of our journey was a visit to Cala Bassa Beach. Known for its luxe beach clubs, outstanding DJs, cozy sunbeds, and top-notch restaurants, Cala Bassa is a must-visit. The beach’s atmosphere was described as vibrant, fun, and electric. It’s a place that truly needs to be seen to be believed.
During our time at Cala Bassa, I had a chance to chat with a German lady who visits Ibiza every season for work. We both agreed that the island’s magic is undeniable. The beach, with its golden sands and azure waters, was a testament to Ibiza’s natural beauty.
A Day to Remember
The boat cruise lasted for about five to six hours, covering some of the most popular beaches around Ibiza. It’s the best way to see the island! The experience was enhanced by the company of new friends, all excited to explore Ibiza’s hidden treasures. And of course, topped off by the magical Ibiza sunset.
For anyone planning a trip to Ibiza, we have this important piece of advice: don’t miss out on a boat cruise. It offers a unique perspective of the island, allowing travellers to discover spots you wouldn’t necessarily see otherwise.
Ibiza is more than just parties and nightlife. It’s an island filled with natural wonders, hidden gems, and unforgettable experiences. A boat tour is a perfect way to immerse oneself in its magic. So, the next time you find yourself in Ibiza, set sail and let the island’s beauty captivate you.
We’ve surveyed our 20,000 strong community and here are the top 6 nomad and house sitting questions you want answers to now!
Welcome back to Travel Live Learn and happy new-podcast-day! Yay! After a bit of a hiatus while we settled in after our big move from Australia to the UK – puppy in tow – we’re excited to share a brand new episode of Freedom and Four Paws.
Over the past couple of months, we’ve surveyed our popular nomad and house sitting Facebook Group, and have garnered insight into 6 BIG questions on everyone’s minds. Given this insight, we have pulled together the questions and answers into a handy 30-minute ep!
Travel FAQ 2023 – 6 nomad and house sitting questions
In this episode hear responses to top-of-mind questions on:
How and where to find house sits
The way to keep your cool in the face of tricky travel and booking logistics
Is AI useful for us as nomads and house sitters?
Logistics for getting set up as a digital nomad or global remote worker
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