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Seven wonders of Spain to visit with our four-legged friend

#1. Park Güell, Barcelona, ​​Catalonia.

Park Güell is a public park located on Carmel Hill, in Barcelona.  It is an unfinished project by Antoni Gaudí, a revolutionary artist and the greatest representative of Catalan modernism. The construction of the park lasted more than 10 years, ending in 1914. The area was officially opened as a public park in 1926. UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site in 1984, under “Works by Antoni Gaudí”.

According to the official rules of the park, during visiting hours, pets will only be allowed to enter the park if they are kept on a leash during the entire visit. Users who enter the area with their four legs will be responsible for it and for any damage they may cause.

You can find the perfect hotel for you and your best friend on our list of pet-friendly hotels.

For more information about schedules and prices consult the  official website of Park Güell .

#2. Retiro Park, Madrid.

Created in the 17th century for the enjoyment of the monarchy, today it is a true oasis for the citizens and tourists of Madrid. It is not the largest park (La Casa de Campo is the largest park in the capital), but it is located in the center of the city, and therefore, it is very easy to reach.

Dogs can remain loose in the areas bounded by the City Council for this purpose. In the rest of the park (except playgrounds and some other marked areas where it is strictly prohibited) dogs can remain loose in winter between 7 and 10 a.m. and in summer between 8 and 10 a.m. The rest of the time they should always be on a leash. In the case of dogs classified as potentially dangerous, they have always to go with leash and muzzle. People who bring their animals to the park will be fully responsible for them and must collect their poo, except for blind people who are owners of guide dogs.

One of the curiosities of the park, is that the town hall has enabled one of its most beautiful buildings, the Casita del Pescador, as a center for the adoption of pets.

 

Do not miss the opportunity to get to know the Retiro with one of our tours. The location of Retiro is ideal to be your starting point to discover the city or to end the tour and relax.

# 3. Natural Park of the Monasterio de Piedra, Nuévalos, Zaragoza, Aragón.

The Natural Park of the Monasterio de Piedra is one of the most beautiful in the country, and having the chance to visit it with our furry animal is a marvel. Its beauty is due especially to their incredible waterfalls that the Piedra River sails through. The most impressive of them all is the Cola de Caballo Waterfall, a fall of more than 90m. Also, you have the possibility to go behind the waterfall and discover the Iris grotto! It’s a unique experience that you can not miss.

 

At BeeYou, we can organise the trip in order you to have the best possible experience. The Natural Park is accessed from the village of Nuévalos.

At the entrance of the park, we can also visit the remains of the old Monasterio de Piedra (Stone Monastery), founded at the end of the 12th century and abandoned in the first decade of the 19th century, due to the confiscation of Mendizábal.

Dogs can access the park for free, as long as they go with their leash. If you want to visit the Monastery, they must go inside a transport.

As a curiosity, although the cocoa seeds had already arrived in Spain before, it is in this Cistercian monastery (with evidences), where the chocolate, or drink of the gods, as the Aztecs called it, was cooked for the first time in Europe, during the first half of the sixteenth century. It arrived from Mexico, sent by a monk, along with the recipe for its preparation, to the abbot of the Monasterio de Piedra.

# 4. San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo, Vizcaya

Undoubtedly, if you visit Bilbao you must go to the hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, which is 35 km from the city. This hermitage is accessed by long stairs that have become known worldwide for appearing in the series of Game of Thrones (this is where is recreated the fortress of Dragonstone). This location will leave you hypnotised, nature in its purest state. The islet is crowned with a hermitage of the X century dedicated to San Juan Bautista.

It says that if you reach the goal, you make a wish and you ring the bell three times, the wish will fulfil.

We can go with our dog, but being a place with a steep slope and many narrow steps (241), and now also, with many tourists, it is important to know the physical condition of our dog and its breed, so that our dear friends do not suffer. Being always preferable, avoid the peak hours and bring water for him and for you. Do not forget that you can buy on our website the BeeYou Box that includes everything you need for your best friend’s trip, he deserves it.

# 5. Jardín del Turia, Valencia

When you visit the beautiful city of Valencia, you also have the possibility to take a great walk in the Jardín del Turia. With more than 9km in length, it is an ideal place to walk with your dog. This Garden, also has a public circuit of Agility, where your dog can practice this sport, while you all have fun with the experience.

# 6. Ruta de las Caras – Buendía, Cuenca

In a place of pines and sandstone, next to the Buendía reservoir, is located this easy and beautiful route to do with our four-legged travel companion.

The route, free access, runs through a very interesting and curious landscape that mixes nature and sculptures excavated in stone, creating a very close relationship between them that transports us to the origins of our civilisation, when human beings and nature were a single whole.

Undoubtedly, a visit that invites reflection and tranquility.

# 7. Cabo de Gata Natural Park – Níjar, Almería

Cabo de Gata is the first marine-terrestrial park in Andalusia, with a semi-arid climate and volcanic origin. It has an incalculable value and a unique beauty.

Here, multiple films have been shot, such as Lawrence of Arabia and India Jones and spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Leone.

In its approximately 64km of coastline, two of its most important points are the Cabo de Gata Lighthouse and the Sirenas Reef.

There are beautiful villages in the area, such as Níjar, the old mines of Rodalquilar or las Negras that you should not miss.

Regrettably, the regulations say that dogs are banned on the beaches during the high season (July 1 to September 30); but, it is also true, that there are many places on the coast that are little frequented by people. Always the most important thing is to be civic and respectful with everyone. Education is everything, both in humans and in our adorable furry ones.

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