One of the worst aspects of travel for dog owners is having to leave our beloved pets behind. Even if they can remain in the familiar surroundings of home with a family member or friend looking after them – you still know they are pining for you.

Fortunately, in recent years the number of dog-friendly holiday options has significantly increased. Around the world, the popularity and availability of hotels that not only welcome dogs but make them feel at home has grown to such an extent that our “best friends” can now share and enjoy our traveling adventures. 

Here we look at five destinations at the forefront of dog-friendly travel trends…     

Málaga

Spanish tourist resorts are usually most widely known as great child-friendly holiday destinations. What is perhaps less appreciated is that your canine companion will also receive a warm welcome and be able to find countless nooks and crannies to enjoy the pleasures of Mediterranean living as much as you. From nature reserves and urban parklands to dog-friendly beaches and special play areas… 

There are also numerous dog-friendly accommodation options, including Villa Guadalupe, a boutique hotel in the western residential outskirts of Málaga city (El Atabal). The establishment is within close proximity of the city centre (four kilometres) and also conveniently located for exploring the rest of the Costa del Sol.

If you’re travelling to Málaga with your dog, make sure you check out all the travel requirements well beforehand so there are no unpleasant surprises when you check in.

Asheville

For a wonderfully scenic and nature-based holiday, Asheville in North Carolina is the perfect option. There are more than 220 acres of ground to explore at the Biltmore Estate and magnificent mountain views at Blue Ridge Parkway – so it’s quite clear why we rate the area so highly. If you do decide to visit Asheville, take time to visit the pet-friendly North Carolina Arboretum, which is famous for its beautiful gardens.

Sussex

When it comes to beaches, the United Kingdom has some of the best in the world – and they don’t get much better than the beaches of Sussex. From expansive sand dunes in Camber Sands to the stunning Seven Sisters white cliffs, this picturesque English county is a haven for both human holidaymakers and dogs.

You can spend your time trekking through the South Downs National Park and wandering along the beach. And, when visiting Sussex’s dog-friendly towns and villages, you can take your pooch with you just about anywhere.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is not only one of the most dog-friendly destinations in the UK, but also around the world. Dogs in Edinburgh are even allowed in the high street shops and hairdressers. The Scottish capital is well-known for its famed Sky Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby, who has his very own statue. 

Arthur’s Seat is a large area of grassland and is only a short walk from the city centre, offering outstanding views of the Scottish landscape. Calton Hill and Inverleith Park are also excellent places to take your dog for a run-around in a tranquil setting away from the main urban area.

Vancouver

There’s no shortage of Veterinarians and doggy meet-up groups in Vancouver, arguably one of the most dog-friendly places you will find anywhere. There are no fewer than eight dog-friendly beaches to choose from. If you want to take your pooch along with you for a bite to eat or to a bar, then there’s also plenty to choose from!  

For skiing enthusiasts, a short drive from Vancouver is the pet-friendly Whistler resort, home to a wide array of dog-friendly events, including Whistler DogFest and the K9 Wine and Dine Fundraiser.


About the Author:Annie Button is a passionate dog lover. She volunteers at her local shelter and is keen to get involved with a number of animal welfare charities. Annie enjoys sharing her knowledge of our four-legged friends through her writing.