There is nothing better than exploring a new city, and across Europe, pet lovers are increasingly seeking out cities where four-legged friends are also welcome.
Whether you fancy sunbathing in Barcelona, or admiring the architecture in Amsterdam, Melissa Lyras, from mid to long-term rental specialist Spotahome, has scoured Europe’s most sought after cities to find some of the best pet-friendly spots:
BERLIN – Berliners love their pets, so much so that dogs are welcome to travel on public transport across the city – as long as they’re on a lead!
When in Berlin, you can easily take your dog along whilst you sample the cuisine, as a vast number of restaurants in Berlin welcome well-behaved dogs. Sightseeing with a pooch in tow is surprisingly easy, as you can book into one of the many dog-friendly walking tours of the city. Unlike many European cities, Berlin has a number of city parks that allow dogs, so you can also relax after a long day of sightseeing and enjoy the beautiful surroundings with your canine companion in tow.
Once you’ve burnt off some energy at one of the city parks, head to the Five Elephant Cafe, which provides tasty treat options for both dogs and humans!
BARCELONA – This vibrant city is heaven for lovers of food, architecture, and pets! In Barcelona, pets are treated like royalty, with plenty of dog-friendly restaurants that will offer them water and somewhere to lay as you tuck into tapas.
It is a well known fact that most dogs love nothing more than a visit to the beach, so make sure to visit the dog-friendly Levant beach, complete with doggie showers, drinking fountains, and stretches of sand for them to enjoy to their heart’s content.
AMSTERDAM – Amsterdam has plenty of famous museums but the Cat Cabinet, a museum dedicated to all things feline, is definitely the purr-fect destination for cat lovers! This fine feline art gallery has thousands of masterpieces, all dedicated to cats.
Once you’ve enjoyed some feline fine art, why not head to Amsterdam’s canals to visit the Cat Boat – a floating shelter for abandoned cats. If you’ve got some time, you can also volunteer to take care of them, and you’re sure to be rewarded with plenty of kitty cuddles!
LONDON – Before cat cafes were cropping up in every city, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium was the UK’s first cat cafe. At this quintessentially British haunt, you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the company of the cafe’s feline residents, who love to curl up on the laps of visitors!
Dogs don’t need to miss out on the fun of afternoon tea either, and they can enjoy the three course Doggy Afternoon tea at the Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge. London’s most exclusive pooches also enjoy at spot of Doga, which is a yoga class designed especially for dogs and their owners!
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