There's nothing quite like a family holiday, when parents, children, siblings, and more gather to make timeless memories with the people they love most. But more often than not, families comprise another four-legged member who isn't always able to come along.
At Le Collectionist, we believe family holidays should include all family members, including the furry ones! That's why we've put together a pet friendly holiday travel guide to help you prepare for your trip abroad. Discover dog friendly holiday destinations, dog friendly accommodations, and travel requirements to bring your pet into the country.
Marrakech is a great choice for dog friendly holidays. Here, you can enjoy guided walking tours with your four-legged friend, or even take them with you on camel rides through the desert!
You can also explore the city's marvellous markets, but watch out: there are many stray cats in Morocco so you'll want to keep a tight grip on your pooch's lead. Learn more about what to do in this city with our Marrakech guide.
Be aware that some dog breeds deemed dangerous are not allowed in the country, so your pit bulls, bull terriers, and mastiffs will have to stay home. Make sure you consult the full list of banned dog breeds before making travel plans to Morocco.
Enjoy your pet friendly holidays from the comfort of Villa Avana. This refined and modern home is the perfect dog friendly accommodation.
Villa Avana in Marrakech, Morocco
In the South of France, Provence's wide open natural spaces make it perfect for long walks discovering villages and the countryside with your pet. You can both bask in the sun, the views, and the fragrant air heavy with lavender when Provence is in full bloom.
Hike through mountain trails, the famed Sentier des Ochres, or visit historical sites like castles or Roman aqueducts. Dogs are welcome in outdoor spaces, but indoors as well: enjoy a dinner for two with your pooch, Lady and the Tramp style!
Mas des Eclats in the surroundings of Bonnieux, Provence, France
The wide-open spaces of Mas Naïs make it the perfect dog friendly accommodation where your four-legged friend can run wild. Near the city centre, you're ideally located for walks into the city with man's best friend at your side.
Mas Naïs in the surroundings of Egalières, Provence, France
As you'll have figured out, France is extremely dog friendly. Plan your holidays with dogs in the French Riviera, where you can take your dog with you for a day at the beach, water sports, promenades across the region, and more.
In the Riviera, and Nice especially, you can easily recognize pet friendly establishments by their designated pet friendly label. Whether you're visiting one of the best Michelin Starred restaurants in Nice or frolicking in the turquoise waters of St Tropez's best beaches, local landmarks make their affinity for man's best friend clear.
Just a stone's throw from the beach's golden sand and inviting azur waters, Villa des Vignes is one of our best dog friendly stays on the French Riviera.
Villa des Vignes in Ramatuelle, French Riviera, France
The natural spaces in Punta Cana make this city in the Dominican Republic a stunning destination for dog friendly breaks. Between fine sandy beaches, ecological reserves, and natural parks, there are ample beautiful places for you, your loved ones, and your pets to soak in the sun and the views.
As one of our best luxury exotic destinations, Punta Cana's beaches are not to be missed. However, you may find stray beach dogs roaming around the sand. Be sure that your dogs are either on their lead or able to play nice.
Villa Las Olas's location in the heart of a nature reserve makes it a great dog friendly accommodation: your four-legged friend will love the sights, sounds, and smells on this exotic natural reserve.
Villa Las Olas in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Many families in Greece have a four-legged member of their own, so by and large, the country is very welcoming of pets. Most public beaches are dog friendly, and you'll be able to find several dog parks scattered across the country fo give your furry friends their own space to frolic while you're connecting with the seas in Greece.
Dogs are welcome in some major tourist attractions, although they aren't accepted in churches, monasteries, or at archeological sites. That said, they can certainly join you for the trek and wait outside while you discover the attractions. Once you've had your fill of cultural discoveries, enjoy a meal outside with your pet at your feet.
Villa Tsiropoules in Paros, Greece
With private access to the beach right in your backyard, Villa Thalassa in Corfu is a dream pet friendly accommodation option. Walk your dog on the beach every morning as soon as you wake up!
Villa Thalassa in Corfu, Greece
There's nothing like the fresh mountain air and lush scenery of the Swiss Alps for perfect holidays with dogs. Slip on your hiking boots, clip a lead to your dog's harness, and head out into the wild. Your four-legged friend can trek with you across the many mountain paths, natural parks, and forest trails.
If you're feeling tired after your walk, don't worry, dogs are allowed on public transport with their own ticket. Then, settle into an outdoor restaurant terrace for your meal, with your pet giving you puppy dog eyes for a taste of your Swiss cheese! Wondering where to stop? See our Zermatt guide for restaurants, experiences, and chalets.
Chalet Shalimar in Zermatt, Swiss Alps
In the heights of the Swiss Alps, Christiania Penthouse is the perfect pet friendly accommodation no matter the season. Right in the mountain, it's an ideal starting point for your days out in the wild.
Christiania Penthouse in Zermatt, Swiss Alps
Like many other places on our list, Cape Town is great for pet friendly holidays spent in the great outdoors. Many beaches and hiking trails are dog friendly, so you can plan your holidays knowing that your pet is welcome to join you. You might also enjoy an afternoon in De Waal Park, a beautiful and enclosed garden where you'll feel safe letting your pooch roam freely.
If you can't get enough of South Africa's breathtaking landscapes, try spending the night outdoors camping in the Cederberg. There, you and your furry friend can hike, swim, and climb with you before passing out under the stars. Moments like these make Cape Town one of our favourite summer vacation destinations in the world.
If you're more interested in day trips than overnight stays, rest assured that your pet can travel with you on the train. After a long day of visits, settle into the warm outdoor terrace of a local cafe to share a meal.
If you're after beautiful pet friendly accommodation in Cape Town, look no further than Villa Otto. Carved neatly into the side of a mountain, you'll feel safely tucked away in a stunning landscape.
Villa Otto in the surroundings of Cape Town
If European countries are generally dog friendly, Italy takes this love to a whole new level. You'll have no problem giving your pet a full holiday experience here, between lounging on sandy beaches, strolling through mediaeval city streets, hiking in beautiful landscapes, and even visiting popular tourist attractions! Unlike Greece, your dogs can visit archeological sites with you in Italy.
Be aware that while dogs are welcome in public spaces, there are sometimes particular rules that apply. For instance, though your pet can more often than not come into the grocery store with you, you can't pick them up while indoors. And while dogs are allowed onto public transport, they're often required to wear a muzzle. That said, the laws aren't always strictly enforced, so just be mindful.
Wondering what else you can visit in Italy? See our complete Italy guide to plan your most idyllic pet friendly holidays.
Casale Selene in Pisa, Tuscany
Surrounded by vineyards and without any neighbours, the expansive fields of Villa Sangiovese are the perfect place to let your pet run wild.
Villa Sangiovese in Sienna, Tuscany
A little more strict than other European destinations on this list, Spain remains a fantastic option for holidays with dogs. Though you won't be able to dine indoors with your pooch in most restaurants, it's generally warm enough year round for you to enjoy a meal on the terrace. In terms of public transport, you'll have more difficulties with a large dog.
But what Spain doesn't offer in ease, it more than makes up for in quality of experiences. You'll find beautifully landscaped dog parks where your four-legged friend can run off the lead, hiking trails through dazzling landscapes, and beaches that stretch on for miles where you and your pet can splash in the crystalline sea.
Some cities, like Valencia, are recognized with a "pet friendly" seal, proving what a fitting option Spain is for your pet friendly holidays.
Villa Balagueret in Mallorca, Spain
Villa Sa Punta de s'Aguila is one of our best pet friendly accommodations in Spain. With a hiking trail right at your doorstep that leads you to the beach, you'll have no trouble finding the motivation to walk your dog in the morning. Plus, we're sure your furry friend will love the smells from the Mediterranean garden!
Villa Sa Punta de s'Aguila in Mallorca, Spain
Is there anything better than Portugal's wild and unspoilt landscapes for a pet friendly holiday with your family's wildest member? In the Algarve or on Comporta's infinite beaches, you'll be sure to find your perfect holiday haven where you can dig your toes — or paws! — in the sand.
Besides the beaches, many shops and restaurants are pet friendly, so your pet won't ever have to leave your side. You can also find many dog parks and natural spaces even in the cities, so no matter where you are you'll be able to keep your four-legged friend happy. So go out and discover the wild paradise in Portugal with man's best friend on your tail!
Villa Coraçao in Comporta offers the best of the region's untouched landscapes, blossoming with natural beauty. Put your pooch on a lead and walk over to the famous Carvalhal beach, just a short ways from this pet friendly accommodation.
Villa Coraçao in Comporta, Portugal
Generally speaking, you'll find many of the restrictions that apply to dogs apply to cats as well, though they tend to be more strict on cats. In terms of travel requirements, cats will more often than not have to abide to the same rules as dogs: pet passports, microchips, rabies vaccines, and health certificates are a must before your cat can cross the border.
Inspired to plan your next family holiday, fur babies included? With Le Collectionist, enjoying tailor-made holidays has never been easier. Simply select your pet friendly accommodation and let our team take care of the rest.
Discover our best summer holiday destinations in Europe and the world to see where to go in July for an unforgettable summer getaway.
Discover our top destinations for October in Europe. Enjoy warm weather from the beaches of southern Italy to the deserted islands in Greece and Spain.