Young woman hugs her dog as they sit in a field. Athens, Greece

These Are Europe’s Most Dog-Friendly Holiday Destinations

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It doesn’t have to be a dog’s life!

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Ever dreamed of going on holiday with your best friend? (Your dog, of course!) With so many new pups purchased in the last few years, it might feel like it’s only staycations or doggy daycare on offer, but that’s not the case. Plenty of European destinations provide a dog friendly holiday, and Raised By Humans and Budget Direct have rounded up the top European destinations to visit based on the frequency of dog friendly hotels. Read on for the best holiday destinations to take your dog, including top tips for seamless doggy travel.

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The Friendliest Holiday Destinations For Dogs In Europe

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European man in medical protective mask in the Piazza del Duomo

Milan, Italy

With almost 400 pet-friendly hotels across this northern Italian city, it’s a great paw-t of call for a European doggy holiday.

Dog in front of Tower Bridge

London, UK

See London by leash with 625 dog-friendly hotels and many places for you to explore with your pooch!

Berlin, Germany

Cool kids take their dogs on a city-break to Berlin. Maybe don’t attempt Berghain though…

Rear view of young man walking with dog on street at sunrise. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

With parks galore and free public transport for pups, your dog will love it in Prague.

Dog sleeping in front of Yoros Castle in the sun with a view on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.

Istanbul, Turkey

With 443 pet-friendly hotels to choose from in Istanbul, your dog will love it here.

Young woman hugs her dog as they sit in a field. Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

Explore this ancient city with man’s most ancient pet!

dog lies in front of the Eiffel tower

Paris, France

Celebrate the city of love with your one true love in one of 594 dog-friendly hotels. There’s nothing chicer than a pooch in Paris!

Woman walks with italian shepherd dog on Navona square in Rome

Rome, Italy

With a whopping number of dog-friendly hotels in the city centre (1,418 to be exact!), Rome is the perfect place for pups.

The Rules on Travelling Internationally with a Dog

According to the Gov.uk, if you’re travelling from the UK to an EU country or Northern Ireland, your dog (including assistance dogs) needs the following:

  • a microchip
  • a valid rabies vaccination
  • an animal health certificate or a valid pet passport that’s accepted in the country you’re travelling to
  • tapeworm treatment if you’re travelling directly to Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway or Malta

Top Tips for Travelling with Your Dog

1. Check pet-related rules for the specific country you are visiting – and plan ahead so you aren’t caught out last minute

2. Get your pet passport – you must take your dog to the vets no more than 10 days before you travel

3. Bring weather-specific items for them if you are travelling by car, like ice cubes, snacks, water, and a windscreen shade

4. Prepare for travel sickness – ensure you have plenty of water, and keep your eyes peeled for vomiting and panting

5. If you’re travelling by car, get your dog used to the car with small trips before you embark on a longer journey

6. Comfort is key! Bring toys and comfort items that remind your dog of home

7. Make regular stops for wees, walks and stretching

8. Use some kind of harness to strap your dog in so they can’t distract you too much in a moving vehicle

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