How and where to go on holiday with a dog in Spain
One of the most popular holiday destinations for Italians is undoubtedly Spain. The nearby Iberian Peninsula attracts millions of tourists every year and in an area so crowded and busy with tourists unfortunately the life is made really difficult for those traveling with their four-legged friend.
Going on holiday with your dog to Spain is not easy at all but at least bureaucratically it is similar to other European countries starting with the obligation of dog passport but also vaccinations against rabies, fleas and worms: dogs must be equipped with an identification tattoo or microchip and small-sized dogs can travel by train.
Unfortunately, unlike other countries, in Spain medium or large dogs cannot access the trains, access is only allowed to small dogs up to a maximum of 10 kilograms, including the carrier, and each passenger can carry a maximum of one animal.
Dogs, throughout Spain, are not even allowed to use buses or subways: access in all of Spain is prohibited except in Barcelona, Zaragoza and in the metropolitan walls that go around Madrid, not at peak times, paying the ticket and wearing a muzzle. Even though dogs don't have access to public transport and life isn't easy in Valencia, Seville and Malaga are quite tolerant of public spaces at least.
The only easy way to travel with a dog in Spain is by car complete with a net or a pet carrier: unlike what happens with public transport, there are many hotels that allow dogs.