Walks & Sights
Like all dogs I love to explore! Enjoying a long walk in the mountains, an interesting city trip with nice parks, the open sea together with some waves and a beach where I can’t get tired of a cool fresh breeze, a rocky river…. just name it!
This site is particular about walks suitable for dogs. For instance, walks without a lead, unrestricted beach areas and, agility parlours, parks, playgrounds, water taps and go so on.
Also festivals, sights, special events might be an option. I’ve enjoyed once an open-air concert based on music and sounds which I enjoyed a lot. By the way, I wasn’t the only dog back then.
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WALKS & SIGHTS in SPAIN
San Glorio – Mountain Pass 1,609 m.
N-621 Potes – Riaño, Cantabria, Spain
Done: every year again
San Glorio Passis a mountain pass at the elevation of 1,609 m above sea level, located in the Picos de Europa, a mountain range of Northern Spain. The pass is traversed by the N-621 road on the border between Cantabria and Castile and León.
From Potes in Cantabria this mountain road is indicated wit Riaño (León). The surface of the road is asphalted, and chains or snow tyres can be required throughout the year. Usually there isn’t much traffic. In case you suffer on those kind of roads, ask your humans to make some stops along the road. There are natural springs along the road, starting with Potes, one en Naroba at km 4 (on the left) and at km 20 (on the right), in case you need some fresh water to recover!
This unique pass has been an important access in the past up to now to connect Liébana with the province of Castile and León. It’s a wonderful and magic spot specially when it’s covered with snow (usually from November to April) to enjoy the views and roll yourself around in the cool white snow. During the first 10 km you’ll pass several villages. In La Vega your humans can have great meals or inform themselves at the Tourist office (open during high season only).
At the viewpoint ‘El mirador del Corzo’ you’ll find a beautiful statue of a Deer from where your humans can make amazing photos and gaze about the views. The view over the valley below our paws is impressive. A bit further away, you’ve reached the pass now, there is also a paved dead end for 2 km up to another viewpoint called ‘El Mirador del Oso’ at Collado de Llesba with its impressive statue of the Brown bear. Definitily worth a visit too.
I (Tibor) try to go every year as soon as there’s snow. Lately we take my daughter Tessa too, as she loves snow just as much as I do! There are signs with walks too, but we usually just walk a bit around having fun. Nowadays you see more and more humans with ski’s or families with their young ones playing and enjoying the snow as well.
WALKS and SIGHTS in SPAIN
Tourist office, Plaza Circular 1,
ES- 48001 Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
Tel: +34 944 795 760, Fax: +34 944 975 761
Web: http://www.bilbaoturismo.net Email: información@bilbaoturismo.bilbao.net
Monday to Sunday : 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. / Every day of the year
Bilbao is the capital of Bizkaia/Biscay with over 1,000,000 inhabitants. Famous for architecture and the Guggenheim Museum as well as several bridges it’s definitely worth a visit.
There’s a huge new shopping area, but you might fancy more a walk along the river Nervión. Dogs are generally well accepted. I saw a lot of walks accompanying there human fellows some even off the leash. There bag-dispensers along the river in case you forgot your own.
Stroll around and explore the Casco Viejo or The Seven Streets (Somera, Artecalle, Tendería, Belosticalle, Carnicería Vieja, Barrencalle and Barrencalle Barrena) which is the oldest neighbourhood and the original nucleus of Bilbao. It forms part of the Ibaiondo district and holds the Plaza Nueva and buildings such as the Arriaga Theatre, Bidebarrieta Library, the Bilbao Stock Exchange, Atxuri railway station, Santiago Cathedral and the churches of San Antón, San Nicolás and Santos Juanes. Its commercial strength is reflected in five hundred shops, most importantly the Ribera Market, the largest indoor food market in Europe.
Especially the Somera street in the old town is a good bet to go. In almost all the bars we, dogs, are welcome too. There are plenty of facilities, shops specialised in dog products such as Belfos & Trufas with homemade cookies for us or bakeries such as Bertiz with a click-system for your leash while waiting or you’re welcome to join your humans outside at the terrace.
I felt just great visiting Bilbao with my human friends.
WALKS and SIGHTS in FRANCE
Visit: September 2013
Carcassonne, the city with two UNESCO World Heritage sites was the perfect spot for me and my humans during our journey from Spain to the Netherlands. First of all, try to avoid the middle of the day if you fancy visiting the Medieval City ‘La Cité’ and the Castle of Counts for example. During midday it can get extremely crowded, so if you can, come early in the morning or even better arrive late in the afternoon. We arrived by the end of the day, to enjoy ‘La Cité’ by night and we still had time to visit the Castle early the next morning.
What to know about Carcassonne except from being a touristic hotspot? Well, it’s a city imbued with the spirit of the past, boasts 2500 years of history which is privileged to have two extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Canal du Midi and the Medieval City.
I (Tibor) loved strolling around at the Medieval City, which is situated on the right bank of the Aude and unlike any other fortified city in Europe on account of its size and its state of preservation. La Cité is still inhabited, has 52 towers and two concentric walls with a total length of 3 km. Open at night as well as during daytime, via the Porte Narbonnaise and the Porte d’Aude, a large part of the Medieval City can be visited.
It was magical. The smell is different than elsewhere, people seemed pleased to be there and it was actually easy to find a place to have dinner for my humans, with me taking a nap under the table. It wasn’t that there were “dogs allowed” signs, but asking friendly for permission, it was easy to be accepted.
Finding accommodation was another story, though. Or very expensive (OK, it was Friday, so maybe therefore quite over-priced) or dogs weren’t allowed. Finally we got an IBIS Budget hotel a bit outside of the city. Nothing to rave about, but good enough for a night. Private parking and a bit of green to do my thing though.
The next morning we visited the Castle of the Counts. Other interesting sights and parts of the Medieval city are the St. Nazaire Basilica, Porte Narbonnaise, Porte d’Aude overlooking the river of the same name and located close to the Castle of the Counts as well as the Grand Théâtre de la Cité.
I met quite some fellow dogs from everywhere around the world. A great trip, I tell you!
WALKS and SIGHTS in FRANCE
Visit: June 2016
Saintes is a historic town in the south west of France. Nowadays a town of art and history, the prestigious remains of the ancient capital, the jewels of Roman art, the elegance of the classic facades and contemporary audacity come together in simplicity and harmony. The atmosphere is serene and charming.
We visited Saintes on a one-night stop during our journey from Spain to the Netherlands. My humans chose this city because of its history and patrimony reminding us of Roman times. The river Charente, the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre, reconstructed over the 12th century with its magnificent sculptured arching door at the entrance as well as other interesting sights.
We stayed in a nice Hotel de France near the train station only a short walk away from the city centre. The people at the Tourist office were very helpful and dogs were welcome too. We played a bit along the river with other dogs before exploring the town. Saintes is cosy and was absolutely worth a visit.
Tessa and I (Tibor) were didn’t have any troubles to accompany our humans in bars neither it was to find a restaurant.
WALKS and SIGHTS in SPAIN
Tourist office Duque de Medinaceli
Duque de Medinaceli 2; ES-28014 Madrid, Spain
Phone: (+34)902 100 007 / (+34)914294951
Visit: February 2017
Madrid (city) is not only the capital city of Spain, it’s also an amazing city to accompany your humans. Besides the usual highlights, squares (La Plaza Mayor) and other sights you’ll be happy to explore the parks and the more green side of this city.
As Madrid is a dynamic city I recommend your humans to check the website of the tourist office to make sure they’ve got the latest updates about dog friendly parks, restaurants, accommodations, the use of public transport and go so on. Among others, there’s also a guidebook about the best dog friendly places to visit published by SrPerro.
Below a list with the official tourist offices of Madrid city:
Madrid Barajas Airport– Arrivals T1 Tel.: (+34)913058656
– Arrivals T4 (Two offices) Hall 10- Tel. (+34)913338052 Sala 11- Tel.: (+34)913338247
Puerta de Atocha Train StationPza. Emperador Carlos V, s/n – AVE Hall. 28012 Madrid. Tel.: (+34) 91 528 46 30
Chamartín Train StationC/ Agustín de Foxá, s/n – Central Hall, gate 16. 28036 Madrid Tel.: (+34)91 315 99 76
Duque de MedinaceliDuque de Medinaceli 2.28014 Madrid. Tel.: (+34)902 100 007 / (+34)914294951
IFEMA (central corridor). Avda. del Partenón, s/n. 28042 Madrid Tel.: (+34) 91 721 05 99/ (+34) 91 721 06 04
Tourist Office Alcalá 31C/ Alcalá, 31.28014 Madrid Tel.: (+34) 91 276 71 87
One of my favourite areas in Madrid are ‘Madrid Río’ an enormous area with all kinds of entertainment for the elderly, families with kids but also for us dogs. Along the river, about 12 km or so, you’ll stroll along playgrounds, monuments, parks etc. You’ve got access to ‘la Casa del Campo’ (check out the off-the leash timetable and areas online) as well and in no time you enter in different parts of the city. My daughter Tessa and I (Tibor) had a ball together with Murphy who was our personal guide dog!
We also enjoyed the ‘Monte del Pardo’. This is a huge area where we walked off-leash almost all the time. To make sure you’re not bothering anyone check out the rules. The day we went for a walk we saw quite some cyclist and family with children. I was lucky as some of them wanted to play with me, so they were throwing me some sticks for a while. Tessa was still too shy, but did get her amount of attention anyway.
About the city itself. You’ve got to be on the leash at all times. This means in all common public and private areas. There are quite some parks and garden where we’re aloud to be off-the leash but make sure you’ve checked out the schedule. Only a few parks are completely prohibited for dogs.
Madrid offers plenty of dog friendly restaurants and bars, so your humans won’t have any trouble to discover and taste all the delicious Spanish delights. Tapas, pinchos, set-menus, whatever they’re up too. Also for us there’s a wide range of special dog’s treats bars. In 2017 the area of Malasaña was totally hot for dog lovers. But here again, check the website of the tourist office for the latest updates.
Shopping wasn’t a big problem either. There were several shops were they invited us to come in. Some of them even with an inviting welcome sign on their door. I definitely recommend you to visit Madrid!
** Thinks are getting more dog friendly in Madrid nowadays. Check the latest updates (access public transport, restaurants etc) online.
WALKS in SPAIN
Walk San Pedro de Bedoya – Monte Lobá (Cahecho)/ Liébana
ES-39583 San Pedro de Bedoya, Liébana, Cantabria, Spain
Duration approx. 3,5 hrs. / circular walk
10,7 km / difficulty: moderate
Done: Autumn 2021
The Bedoya valley belongs to the most occidental part of the Sierra de Peña Sagra. This walk starts from the village San Pedro de Bedoya, my valley (!). Once arrived the village, there’s space to park at the graveyard and some more next to the school bus stop. Unfortunately you won’t find information about this walk at the information board. Instead of starting from the bus stop you must take the path just before reaching the parking lot at the graveyard.
The walk is partly signposted but not as well as other walks starting from here. In case you’re doing the full circular walk count with a bit over 10 km. Take this trail along the river “Riega de carundino” passing a shed right at the start. The smell of this beech forest is overwhelming. The shade is just what you’re looking for on a hot summer day and in general you won’t meet a soul. You won’t notice only beech, there also chestnuts, holly and much more. In Autumn it’s fun to play hide and seek with all the fallen leaves. One of my favourite games!
All the time you have to follow the main path ignoring the side paths on your left. This zigzag trail will lead you all the way up until you reach a junction with 4 paths. This part of the mountain is called Monte Lobá. To the south the path would lead you down to the village of Cahecho. In case you’re doing the circular walk continue way up to the East. Still through the forest. From now on it’s getting steeper and wider. Later on turning into a firebreak path. Once reaching an more open spot with great views on both sides (on the right the village of Cahecho – Valle Estrecho, and on the left San Pedro in the Valley of Bedoya) we continue following the path downwards (North). Again we enter in Monte Lobá. Surrounded again by beeches enjoy our great developed sense of smell. You won’t get enough of doing so, here.
Finally the path is ending near some kind of tree plantation. Follow the path downwards along the river. Soon you’ll reach a spring (stone) and a gate to make sure cows won’t cross. Smell the variety of ancient chestnut trees, they’re incredible! Also you’ll be able to explore trees such as hazel, the black poplar, European ash or willows….. all close by the river so cool and fresh during the summer!
Follow the path which will lead you all the way down back to San Pedro de Bedoya where you started from. There are some dogs in the village but don’t worry we may bark but en general we’re friendly pals. I hope you will enjoy a fab day in my valley.
*For more information visit the tourist office in Tama. Ana, the lady at the office speaks English too.
**As we’re walking outside of the National Park, we’re free of restrictions. Discover the riverside, the trees, get track of footmarks of other animals, in other words: behave like a dog! One thing I tell you,… in case of spotting a herd in one of the fields, stick closely to your humans and don’t greet with too much enthusiasm, ‘cause they might be under vigilance by another pal of us (usually a Molloser) or they simply prefer to stay calm. During hunting season it’s a similar story. You should be aware of the fact that it’s different now. You must stay with your humans now and I would suggest to walk on the lead to avoid your instinct will take over control! You might feel like going for a deer or wild boar…. the smell is extremely tempting.
WALKS and SIGHTS in SPAIN
Nacedero del Urederra Baquedano, Navarra, Spain
Nature Reserve, Springs and rivers
ES-31272 Baquedano (Navarra)
Phone: +34 685628949 (reservations), Tourist Office Estella-Lizarra Phone: + 34 948 556 301
Web: http://www.turismo.navarra.es/esp/organice-viaje/recurso/Patrimonio/4310/Nacedero-del-Urederra.htm; Mail: email@example.com
Distance: 5,3 Km. (total – circular walk), altitude difference: 200 m
Visit: July 2016
El Nacedero del Urederra, situated North of Estella-Lizarra, is the natural origin of the karst massif of Urbasa. This place was declared nature reserve in 1987 and belongs nowadays to one of Navarra’s most spectacular sights. Me, Moon, went to explore it all for you.
The walk starts from a village called Baquedano, where you’ll find a limited parking (it’s important to arrive early, especially during the summer. Prices see link, website). BEWARE: To preserve the nature reserve, there is a limited access for cars per day. Do reserve using the link above.
Along the full walk, we dogs, must be on the leash at all times (although they let me refresh myself in a little mud bath). There are guards controlling, but everyone respected the rules as it should be. It’s not the perfect walk to take a bath or go for a swim as they’re conserving nature here. I went on my 3-metres long lead and enjoyed the walk happily anyway. To take a rest, you can stop along the path whenever you feel like it. My human friend brought a sandwich but there are bars in the village too.
The well signposted walk leads you along the river (opposite direction) until you’ll reach the gorgeous spring. There are several cascades and springs with a turquoise colour. Because of this unique colour the river Urederra, which means “gorgeous water”, probably got its name.
What I like most was the shade during the full walk. There’s a wide variety of vegetation and lots of trees, covering the path with shade. In the area you’ll find campsites and much more walks. Also worth visiting the viewpoint “Balcón de Pilatos” close by. From here you can see cattle’s grazing or smell the wind or the breeze of fresh herbs and grass. Humans are usually very happy with the view too.
* Nacedero del Urederra is one of the 35 selected walks within Navarra’s landscape. Water & Viewpoints. More info: www.turismo.navarra.es .
WALKS in THE NETHERLANDS
Dogs Paradise “walhalla” – Rijk van Nijmegen
INFO: Staatsbosbeheer Rijk van Nijmegen-Zuid
NL-6611 KL Overasselt, Gelderland
Walks (off leash) / Water / Restaurant
Done: July 2016
De Hatertse Vennen (530 ha) are situated between Nijmegen, Wijchen and Heumen and are part of “Het Rijk van Nijmegen” a true paradise for dogs. My name is Nerone, and I love going there with my human Mum Karen. It’s a huge nature area with a beautiful fen and an off-the-lead walking area for us dogs. Great for a splash! Let’s have a party! It’s absolutely dog friendly and also accessible with a wheelchair. There’s free parking nearby, just in front of the Cheese farm “De Diervoort”.
I’m sometimes extra lucky, that’s when my classmates, Maxi, Balou and Noa from Dogs school join me for a swim or walk. As you can see on the photo’s we were having a ball at the Hatertse Vennen.
Our owners like to go for a treat at the restaurant St. Walrick, which specialty are the typical Dutch pancakes, nearby. They have a spacious garden, great for us, too. Ideal to relax after a walk or cycle tour. More info, see: http://www.walrick.nl
Besides the Hatertse Vennen you can also visit the off-the-leash area of “Recreatiegebied de Berendonck” between Nijmegen and Wijchen. De Berendonck is a big lake surrounded by grasslands, forest and beaches. We are allowed everywhere (run, walk & swim) from 1st October until 1st May. The rest of the year we’re not allowed at the (sun)bath area but we can enjoy the rest of the paths.
There is another interesting off-the-leash area to explore in Heumensoord (600 ha) just Southeast of Nijmegen between de Scheidingsweg, de road Nijmegen-Malden, de road Malden to Groesbeek along the railway Nijmegen-Cuijk. Heumensoord is a mixed forest, great for walks over comfortable paths, also accessible for wheelchairs. We can’t go off-the-lead everywhere, but it’s well signposted and there are plenty of possibilities. In case your humans fancy a snack or drink after a long walk, of course with you(!) there’s a restaurant with terrace closeby: The Paviljoen Zweef Inn.
Enjoy your walk!
High-Five and a paw from Nerone and my guardian Karen
**For more information about rules and off-the-lead areas, online: https://www.staatsbosbeheer.nl/natuurgebieden/rijk-van-nijmegen/routes
SIGHTS in SPAIN
Tourist office San Vicente de la Barquera
Avenida del Generalísimo, 20
ES-39540 San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria, Spain
Phone: +34 942710797, Fax: +34 942710797
Web: http://www.sanvicentedelabarquera.es/, Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Situated along the occidental coast side of Cantabria, San Vicente de la Barquera marooned on both sides by the sea, is a definitely must-see between Asturias and Cantabria. To me, Tibor, it’s the closest town with a dog friendly beach.
The town itself, a thriving fishing port with a string of locally famed seafood restaurants, finds itself in the heart of the Natural Park Oyambre, a natural protected space of great ecological value with its rivers, dunes, beaches, meadows and forests home to flora and fauna of huge importance.
To humans it’s a well-known and beautiful place worthwhile a visit. Not just because it was declared as a place of cultural interest or because of its gastronomy (mainly based on seafood dishes), there’s actually a lot to see and explore. Definitely visit the Romanesque-Gothic church of Santa María de los Ángeles, The Castle of San Vicente de la Barquera such as remains of the old wall and last but not least the old town. It’s one of Cantabria’s most popular fishermen villages which you can find a long the “Ruta Lebaniega”, connecting with the famous Camino de Santiago (north/coast) as well as the Camino Francés. En general it’s a dog friendly town. You’ll find quite a lot of water bowls at the entrances of several restaurants once you stroll along with your humans. There’s dogfriendly accommodation, restaurants and bars where people are happy to welcome well-educated pets.
What I like best? No doubts here – the beaches! Since 2015 there’s even a dog friendly beach called “La Maza” (although better known as “La Playa de los Vagos” – Beach of the laziest). It’s the first beach right after crossing the bridge with the same name. This beach is dog friendly all year round without any restrictions. During the rest of the year except from high season I do visit the other and far longer beaches such as Merón and Oyambre for example too. Always respecting the circumstances of the moment of course.
**In the photographs: Murphy (Jack Russell), Me (Tibor-Border Collie) and my daughter Tessa.