Entry with dogs and other pets is generally possible. For travel within the EU and thus also for entry into Spain, the animal always needs a valid pet passport and a valid rabies vaccination.
There are several dog-friendly city tours that are offered as private tours. The tour guide is there exclusively for you.
France (for transit by car) and Spain require a rabies vaccination certificate that is less than one year old and issued at least 30 days before entry. An EU pet passport and a health certificate from the veterinarian are also required.
For certain dog breeds there is a general muzzle requirement.
As of July 3, 2011, an EU directive came into force, according to which dogs, cats and ferrets must have an implanted microchip. A tattoo alone is therefore no longer enough.
Please also note that you should have your dog vaccinated at an early stage so that the vaccinations can become valid. Your vet will be happy to advise you. Please also seek advice on what are known as Mediterranean diseases, such as leishmaniasis, which is transmitted by sand flies, among other things. There is now a vaccination against leishmaniasis.
Most of the pets brought are dogs. Since they are the only pets that move around Barcelona with their owner, we will limit ourselves to dogs below.
Dogs are allowed on the Metro, but with restrictions:
Stricter restrictions apply on buses. It is allowed:
The dogs must wear a muzzle and you as the owner of your animal must have "a device against dirt" (bags and cleaning equipment) with you to remove dirt.
In Spain, only small dogs are allowed on long-distance trains. Unfortunately, large dogs are not allowed. If you want to travel to Barcelona by train via France, an alternative would be to take regional trains from the border to Barcelona. Or you can book a ride, for example via "Blabla Car".
Each ferry company decides for itself whether and how you can take a dog on the ferry. Some require that the dog must be housed in a kennel on deck. For some, the dog has to be left in the car. If they wear a muzzle, they may also be taken for a walk on deck. Not all ferries take dogs. If a shipping company allows you to take a dog or cat with you, you can book this directly.
Dogs are not allowed in attractions. But there are exceptions:
During the bathing season there are restrictions on staying with dogs on the beach. From April 1st to June 30th, dogs are not allowed on the beach on weekends. From July 1st to the last Sunday in September, dogs are not allowed on the beach at all. With one exception: on the Llevat beach, which is the last stretch of beach before the Parque del Forum in the north-eastern part of the beach, there is a dog section. This is open from June 1st to the last Sunday in September.
In many bars and restaurants you can take your dog with you without any problems, in some only small dogs. It is best to ask before you go in or when making your reservation.
Bars and restaurants can of course sometimes be quite full. That's no fun for the dog. If you are spontaneously looking for a restaurant, you can see how full it is at the moment. If you reserve a seat in a restaurant, you can ask when the quietest time is.
On Barcelona.de you can also book hotels where you can bring your pet. To do this, select "Show additional options" and then tick "Pets allowed".
In Barcelona you will find countless fenced-off dog walks where you can let your legged companion run free. Otherwise you have to keep the dog on a short leash in the city.
You can take a break with your dog in many parks. Give your companion enough rest. Water is available from the many fountains and can also be bottled.
A matter of course: always collect your protégé's piles. Please also make sure that your dog does not mark on houses or cars.
Sometimes delivery services ride their bikes on the sidewalk. This is forbidden and more than annoying, but please make sure that your dog stays with you. In the dark you should make your dog visible, for example with a light collar, a safety vest and a light leash.
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The private tours are held in English, Spanish and German, as you like.