Holidays are the perfect way to spend quality time with our families and, if you’re looking to holiday in Europe, there’s no need to leave your pet behind. Europe is a continent full of pet-lovers! Many restaurants and country hotels are more than happy to cater for families that include four-legged friends. From spectacular parks to dog friendly beaches, there is plenty on offer to keep you all entertained.
Here’s my top tips:
Those of you looking to holiday in France this year are in luck; France is a country where dogs are allowed almost everywhere! The French love their canine friends and many restaurants welcome dogs to sit with you at the table. You’ll also find that well-behaved dogs are welcome in many of the tourist attractions.
So, which districts offer the most fun for you and your pet?
You’ll find a beautiful, pet-friendly B&B only an hour’s drive away from our Calais terminal. La Rivierette is only10 minutes from the charming market town of Hesdin and is surrounded by large gardens and miles of country walks. It is also close to beautiful beaches where dogs are welcome. If you're staying in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, we recommend you visit Le Touquet, which has a seven kilometre stretch of sandy beach, lined with a beautiful collection of rainbow-coloured beach huts. Here, you can let your dog off the lead and enjoy a leisurely stroll together. I never tire of watching dogs chasing the waves!
Enjoy dog friendly beaches in France
If a city break is more your style, then have you ever thought of taking your pooch to Paris? You and your dog will be welcome at many of the Parisian pavement cafes. That means you can enjoy a day of sightseeing and treat yourselves to a Croque-monsieur along the way!
If you are visiting Amsterdam this summer, Beatrixpark is a lovely space in the Zuider Amstel neighbourhood. What’s great about this open space is that it’s an off-leash park – so your doggy can enjoy a good run around and plenty of ball games. As well as beautiful grounds and a manicured hedge garden, you can all enjoy a dip in the canals, which you’ll be happy to know, permit swimming!
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, I recommend the Tulip Inn Amsterdam Riverside - a lovely, pet-friendly hotel situated on the river and surrounded by plenty of green space, so your pup can stretch its legs in the morning. The area is also near a number of eateries, where you can dine with your dog without having to stray too far.
Perhaps you’re looking to escape the bright lights of the city for some downtime in the countryside?
Camping Petite Suisse in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes
Consider enjoying a camping holiday with Camping Petite Suisse in Belgium. Dogs are welcome at this picturesque site if you bring your own camping equipment – so, sling your tent in the back of the car, ready to get back to nature with your canine friend! You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning walks – because of its location in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes, the site is surrounded by vast forests. From the campsite you’ll also have a magnificent view over the valley. The region is soaked with history, so you and your dog can explore the many castle ruins that are only a short stroll from the campsite.
I hope I’ve given you some food for thought to plan your perfect pet holiday. Europe has so much to offer pet-lovers and their laidback culture makes activities, hotels and restaurants much more accessible for you and your pets.
For more information and tips about pet travel