Activities For Dogs In Greece

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Introduction

Are you are currently resident in Greece or considering it as a vacation destination for both you and your pooch? If so, you'll be shocked to learn about all the pet-friendly locations and attractions awaiting your visit! In Greece, like much of North America, dogs are regular additions to family units. Therefore, dogs are permitted, by law, in all open, outdoor public spaces, including parks and the sidewalks, so long as you abide by the regulations. These include keeping your pooch on a leash at all times and, of course, always tidying up after them immediately and disposing of the waste properly.

Most beaches and some very well-known attractions in Greece permit dogs. Dogs are also able to visit their own personal oases located throughout the country in the form of dog parks. Without a doubt, Greece is a dog-friendly nation where you'll find plenty of "oppawtunities" for both you and your pooch.

Visit a Well-Known Attraction

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Whether you live in Greece or you're just visiting, sightseeing is always exciting! There are some well-known attractions in Greece that allow dogs to wag along with guests. Though the dog-friendly attractions are somewhat limited, take advantage of the ones you can explore together.

Some places where pups are welcomed with open paws include the intriguing monasteries found in the region of Meteora, built on top of large rock formations. Though dogs can't go inside of the monasteries, they can walk the trek to the top and wait outside while you take turns visiting! Dogs are also not permitted at any of archaeological sites, but they can join you while you walk one of the many trails scattered throughout the famous mountain regions in the country! If you're staying in a city like Athens, take a day to walk the streets and sightsee by foot to get a good look and feel for the culture.

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Gather maps and supplies
It's always a good idea to have a map of the place you're visiting, especially for first-timers, or for large outdoor natural attractions such as the Monasteries of Meteora. GPS is also sometimes not an option due to the remoteness of some attractions, so bringing paper maps is always recommended. Plan the destination you want to visit and gather all the required information ahead of time. You will also want to pack refreshments for the day, as well as treats and a toy in case you find your pooch is bored at any time.
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Reviewing regulations beforehand
Another way to prepare for your trip with your pup is by reviewing regulations for dogs. Regulations may vary, depending on where you go, but they will generally be the same from place to place. That is, your pup will be required to remain on a leash at all times and steer clear of public buildings.
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Minding their manners
While you visit the different attractions with your pup, make sure they always mind their leash manners. It's important to be courteous of others while they enjoy their sightseeing excursion. Always keep your pooch close by and at your side. Have them use the bathroom in appropriate locations, out of the way of others, and always tidy up their mess!
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Hiking

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1 - 2 hrs
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What better way to explore your destination location than to hike the scenic outdoors in Greece? Greece is a hiker's paradise because the country is chock full of trails that carve through the hills and mountains that diversify the landscape.

Finding a trail close to you won't be an issue for this reason. Depending on where you stay, there are a variety of destinations for you and your pooch to explore. If you're traveling, do some research to see what trails, mountains or islands you wish to discover with your pooch before heading out.  Choose accommodations close to the trails you wish to explore, making them easily accessible. Hiking is an activity that can take up a whole day, so packing and adequately preparing for your adventure is one step you don't want to skip. Depending on where you hike, the activity may be free, but if you decide to participate in a guided tour, you may need to pay a fee.

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Preparing for your hike
This step is especially important because if you don't pack appropriately, your trip can be cut short. Some items to consider for your pup include lots of fresh drinking water, food, poop bags, and a towel. A map and compass are valuable if you're hiking on your own without a guide. Pack light to simplify your hike, and consider purchasing a backpack for your pooch so they too can help carry some supplies.
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Visiting the Santorini Islands
The Santorini Islands are a fabulous starting point if you're interested in hiking along a cliffside with spectacular views of the sea while traveling between the villages of Fira and Oia. This hike is long, though moderate in difficulty, taking approximately 3.5 hours to complete, depending on the number of breaks you take and speed at which you walk. The trail is dog-friendly and provides a truly unique experience -- walking on a live volcano!
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Discovering "pawpular" trails in Greece
There's a variety of hiking trails scattered throughout Greece awaiting your exploration. If you're looking to conquer a mountain, try Mount Olympus, where you'll find a national park full of connecting trails that vary in difficulty level and length. A path located in Arcadia in Peloponnese is the Menalon Mountain Trail, which is over 75 kilometers long. The Pelion Peninsula located outside of Athens is another unique destination that "offurs" you and your pup access to a variety of trails exposing you to the scenic and peaceful outdoors in Greece.
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Being present
Though it may seem obvious, being present and mindful while walking will undoubtedly increase your enjoyment of the activity. Put away the phone and marvel at the impressive landscape and unique physical features that characterize the country and islands of Greece. Give your pooch your attention while walking and be considerate of their needs at all times!
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Swim in the Sea

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1 - 2 hrs
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A trip to Greece wouldn't be worth it without visiting the Mediterranean Sea found along its coastline. Most dogs love to swim, so take advantage of your sea access by swinging by one of the many beaches throughout the country. 

"Furtunately" for travelers and natives to Greece, almost all public beaches are dog-friendly. The only rules that apply are that you keep the beach clean by tidying up after your pup and keep them on a leash at all times. You can enjoy a refreshing swim in the ocean together, so long as you pick a less populated area, away from the main beach. Depending on which beach you visit, there may be a small cost, but it's worth the sights and sounds you're going to experience together! 

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Picking an access point
The first step in planning your beach day is deciding which beach you want to try out. In total, there are hundreds of beaches to choose from, along 16,000 kilometers of shoreline, with carved out coves creating comfortable beaches with crystal clear waters. See what’s close to you and inquire into any dog regulations or fees that apply.
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Packing your gear
Every beach day needs refreshments, so be prepared by packing a picnic beforehand. Bring along a hardy snack and treats for both you and your four-legged companion to make your trip last. Lots of cold drinking water and a water bowl is also key to keeping your pup hydrated. A blanket or towels for lounging, sunscreen, and toys for play are other supplies to consider.
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Do the doggy paddle
When you work up the courage to dive into the refreshing blue waves of the Mediterranean Sea, keep your pup's safety in mind. Depending on your location and the time of year, large waves may be a factor. Don’t go too deep if waves are prevalent the day you visit, and you may consider keeping your pup on their leash when the waves are forceful. Otherwise, wade the water or go for a swim together while you marvel at the sights of the stunning coastline.
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Explore Dog Parks

Dog parks are just as common in Greece are they are in North America. Select a location with a park nearby so your pooch has unlimited access to exercise.

Selecting Pet-friendly Hotels

Finding a dog friendly hotel in Greece may be easier than you think. If you've secured other travel accommodations, this activity is irrelevant for you, but for travelers, check out the different amenities offered within pet-friendly  hotels throughout Greece.

Conclusion

Whether you live in Greece or are visiting for vacation, there's plenty of "oppawtunities" awaiting you and your pooch. If you are a visitor, start off your vacation by securing a dog-friendly hotel! There's plenty of hotels and even restaurants where dogs are welcome in Greece. After you know where you're staying, take a walk to sightsee the community and learn about your surroundings together.

You can look up any local attractions that are outdoors and permit dogs. Visiting well-known attractions or trails is one way to spend the day. If you're lucky, your hiking route will include paths that give you sights of the mountains, like Olympus! Dog parks are another option if you need an outlet for your pup's energy, and so is a good swim in the sea. Check out one of the many dog-friendly beaches "offuring" different perks and amenities. Without a doubt, Greece is a country worth exploring, but even more so with your best friend and loving pooch at your side!