Portugal is a country in south-west Europe on the Iberian Peninsula, and one of the oldest nations in Europe. The capital city of Lisbon is a melting pot of culture, since it is a mixture of European and African influences, with loads of colorful walls, amazing tiles all over the city, and warm and welcoming people eager to make new friends and pet new dogs. Therefore, traveling to Portugal with your doggo is a definite win!
The most important step of all is to get to Portugal. Since it is not central, it can be a bit difficult to reach, but far from impossible. Portugal has many airports, and if you decide to go by plane, it is very easy to reach your destination from them. Before jumping on the plane though, consider if it is perhaps easier to take a car and drive there, which will be possible if you are already somewhere in Europe. Depending on where you are, the trip can be long or short, so be prepared and expect the unexpected. Another way is to take the train, but make sure to do your research and check if dogs are allowed on the train you want to take.
Once you have reached the magical city of Lisbon, time to go big (or go home). No, we are not talking about doing a pub crawl with your dog, that would just be irresponsible and not that fun for your pup. Try being a tourist in this great city, explore the narrow streets and the gorgeous architecture, visit a café and have a cup of delicious coffee, all while enjoying the exotic appeal of Portugal and listening to the tunes of fado music. Make a friend and learn some Portuguese, and join a free city tour with other dog lovers from all over the world.
Nothing better than spending a beautiful day on the beach with your dog! Luckily, Portugal has many stunning beaches to offer, and all of them are just gorgeous and provide many opportunities for a fun day in the sun. Whether your doggo is a fan of the beach or if they have never seen one before, you are guaranteed to bond over a game of fetch, Frisbee, or just running around in the sand. For a long time, none of the beaches in Portugal were officially dog-friendly, however, in 2016 the first pet-friendly beach opened its doors, or well, sandy paths to lucky doggos. Therefore, make sure to put Porto de Areia Norte beach on your travel list!
Go to one of the most stunning parks in Lisbon and discover a hidden dog park inside! You and your pup will surely enjoy the greenery and make new friends!
Be a foodie and taste some of Portugal's amazing food! Share some non-spicy chorizo with your dog, eat the national soup, and have a nibble on the salted cod on your daily walks.