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.

Dog documents

Valid is required to travel to Spain with a dog European pet passport where the rabies vaccination must be indicated, carried out at least 21 days before departure and for less than a year. Animals must also be equipped with a microchip or an identification tattoo. Anti-rabies treatment and staphylococcal vaccine is strongly recommended in addition to the normal mandatory vaccine which must be started at least one month before leaving, daily, and for another month three months after the first treatment. In addition, the anti-flea, worm and tick treatment must be reported in the passport, which must have been applied 5 to 1 day before entering the country.


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The current currency in Spain is the Euro.


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Emergency numbers

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Ambulance 112 or 061
Fire fighters 112 or 080 or 085
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Transport for the dog

Access to trains for dogs in Spain

Transport on Spanish trains is the most shameful thing there is in Europe: it is limited to small cats and dogs only, with a maximum weight of 10 kg including the pet carrier. A maximum of one animal per passenger can be transported, always inside a cage or carrier, the maximum dimensions of which do not exceed 60x35x35 cm.

Ferries for dogs in Spain

The only one ferry that allows pets on board in Spain, with comfortable cabins where they have access, is the Grande Navi Veloci with Genoa, Barcelona, ​​Tangier (Morocco) routes.

Subways and buses: dogs in Spain

Dogs do not have access to any urban or suburban bus or metro line except for the cities of Barcelona and Zaragoza where they have access, paying the ticket, only in off-peak hours and with a muzzle.

In the car with a dog in Spain

It is without a doubt the only way to travel with the dog in Spain, and it must be arranged so as not to disturb the driver, for example behind a net or inside a pet carrier appropriate. For medium and large dogs the use of the safety belt for the dog approved for cars.