Activities For Dogs In Portugal

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Introduction

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 Journey

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2 - 8 hrs
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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. 

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Research and prep
First off, figure out which mode of transportation will work best for you and your four-legged furry friend. Be prepared and bring only the things you need. Some of the essentials include your dog’s favorite bowl, their favorite toy, and their most preferred treat. Bringing a piece of home with you will help with your doggo’s anxiety.
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Travel!
Next up, time to go! Provided that you are packed smart, got your ticket or rented a car, and have a camera to capture the cutest moments with your pup, you are pretty much ready! You can fly, drive, or take a train and get excited about your Portuguese adventures that wait ahead!
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Big in Lisbon

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3 hrs
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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.

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Walk around
Get a leash and some comfortable shoes and go on a walking tour in Lisbon. Whether you choose to go on an official tour or make one yourself, you will surely have a sweet bonding moment with your pup. While they explore the scents of the new city, you can check out some of the fascinating landmarks Lisbon has to offer. Visit the old district of Alfama and take some stunning photographs of your doggo in one of the narrow alleys this beautiful neighborhood has to offer.
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Refresh and rest
Pay a visit to one of many dog-friendly cafes or restaurants in Lisbon. Make sure to taste the famous Portuguese Caldo Verde soup, made of potatoes, collard greens, and chorizo. Let your dog have a little taste of the bacalhau, a salted cod, another one of the Portuguese specialties. Since Portugal’s national drink is Porto, do not give that to your pup; instead, opt for just a fresh bowl of water.
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Beach Day

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Sunny Day
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2 - 4 hrs
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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!

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Prepare for the fun
You will probably spend the whole day at the beach so make sure that you go there prepared. Bring some food for your dog, bring their favorite treat, and absolutely bring a leash so you can actually take them to the beach. Once you’re there, you can take the leash off and enjoy your freedom, barefoot, just like your pup.
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Fun, fun, fun!
Bring a Frisbee or a ball and play an exciting game of catch with your pup. Since this beach is dog-friendly, other pups will surely join in on the fun, and your dog will make new international friends. You won't be left behind either, as Portuguese dog owners are more than happy to have a chat with a person from another country and share experiences and useful tricks for dog-owners.
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More Fun Ideas...

Jardim do Campo Grande

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!

Food Tasting

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.

Conclusion

Portugal definitely has a lot to offer to a conscious traveler such as yourself. Bringing your dog to a foreign country does not have to be scary, and there are plenty of opportunities for bonding and having fun in such an amazing country! Whether you are just passing through or planning to stay a while, Portugal will surely steal your heart and make you and your pup reconsider moving there permanently!