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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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San Glorio Pass – 1,609m

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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.

Bilbao (city), Basque Country, Spain

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Bilbao
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

 Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday : 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. / Every day of the year

Visit: 08.12.2015

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.

Madrid (city)

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 Madrid (city)
Tourist office Duque de Medinaceli
Duque de Medinaceli 2;  ES-28014 Madrid, Spain
Phone: (+34)902 100 007 / (+34)914294951
Web: www.turismomadrid.es

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.

Walk San Pedro de Bedoya – Monte Lobá, Liébana

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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.

Nacedero del Urederra Baquedano, Navarra, Spain

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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: nacederodelurederra@gmail.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 .

San Vicente de la Barquera + “Maza” beach, Cantabria

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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: oficinadeturismo@sanvicentedelabarquera.es

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.

 

Walk “Caves of Aitzbitarte” SL-Gi 1003, Gipuzkoa

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Walk “Caves of Aitzbitarte” SL-Gi 1003, Gipuzkoa
ES- 20100 Listorreta, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain

Duration approx. 2,5 hrs. / circular walk
8 km / 260 m altitude difference / easy

Done: Summer 2016

My name is Moon and I’m a Border Collie. I would like to share a walk I did together with my human friend Mari Jose. This walk starts from a parking in Listorreta. During 8 km you are able to get to know more about the life of our ancestors. You will partly walk along the river Landarbaso, you can visit the caves of Aitzbitarte and more megalithic monuments. One of the most special ones it the dolmen de Igoingo Lepua II.

Arriving at the parking of Listorreta you’ll notice that there’s quite a lot of  parking space but even though during summertime it can easy get crowded. Lots of people come here to spend some time in the fields where there are BBQ’s, where humans like to prepare their meals. During this time of the year it’s advisable to be here early and avoid parking problems. The parking is for free. There’s one bar open all year round and another one only during high season.

Your humans will find an information board with all details about the several tracks you can do from here. As you can see, there’s a copy in the link below. Officially, we dogs, aren’t allowed to walk off leash here. I’m just saying… . I, Moon, were off leash all the time as I know how to behave. I met quite some other dogs who weren’t on the leash as well. But make sure your humans know the rules!

I had a fabulous day! I just love running around and even more when there is water involved. Can you imagine me in the river along the trail?! It’s a quiet place where you can learn about ancient times, at least that’s what my human friend Mari Jose told me. I don’t know much about all that, but I do know that I had a great time. The track is well signposted and easy.

**More detailed information about the walk you can find online.
http://www.gipuzkoamendizmendi.net/files/recorridos/1276857242_3.pdf

Walk “Mt. Ernio”, Gipuzkoa

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Walk “Mt. Ernio”, Gipuzkoa
ES- 20500 la Venta de Iturriotz, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain

Duration approx. 2,5 hrs.
8,2 km / 496 m altitude difference / easy – moderate

Done: Summer 2016

Ernio is a great mountain of Gipuzkoa which can be found between the valleys of Oria and Urola. During the month September every Sunday and especially the last one, it’s the stage of one of the most important pilgrimages held on Zelatun, where thousands of people come together.

I, Moon, would like to talk about this amazing walk which is easy to moderate with a total altitude difference of 496 m. Some parts are a bit hilly and rocky so especially humans have to take good care.

Me and my human friend Mari Jose started from la Venta de Iturriotz. We took a track leading downwards to a small hermitage San Juan from where we started walking upwards through a forest. How I love the forest with its spectacular and graceful trees. It always smells great which so many different scents, I feel unable to explore everything! As I behaved very well, Marijo let me walk off-leash all the way.

The track is at all times well-signposted. After going up a bit we arrived at the meadows of Zelatun. Zelatun is a great spot to have a rest and drink some water, not only for us, but also for our humans. After this point you’ve got to continue on the left to get higher up from the South-East of Ernio mountain. Probably your humans will go a bit slower from now on as here there are quiet some rocks to pass. So have some patience…. .

The last part, about more or less 1 km is getting even more hilly. Being 200m away from the top you’ll pass an altitude of 1000 meters and a more rocky area. This might be a bit more complicated for some. To me it was a breeze! Later on you’ll reach a tiny little hut know as Erniozaleak. Again a great spot basically for humans to get some air and water.

From here to reach the top it’s getting more rocky and somewhat steep, but it is definitely worth the effort. The views are absolutely amazing from here. You can see the mountain range and lots of small villages, on a clear day astonishing. I, Moon, enjoyed this day so much!

 

**More information about the walk you can find online. One website with good info is: http://www.rutasporgipuzkoa.com/ruta-29/monte-ernio-subida-desde-iturrioz

Walk “De Can Cascades al embalse de Santa Fe”, Montseny

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Walk “De Can Cascades al embalse de Santa Fe”, Montseny

Information centre Can Casades
ES- 08469 Santa Fe, Montseny, Catalonia, Spain
Phone: +34 938 475113
Web: www.diba.cat/parcsn

Duration approx. 2 hrs. **
5,5 km / easy-moderate
**there’s a wide range of walks from 10 mins straight to the lake
up to 4 hours for circular walks

 Done: June 2015

Hi, I’m Elvis a French Bulldog. I would like to tell you something about a walk I did together with my human friend Silvia. We enjoyed a wonderful day with nice temperatures and the name of the place is Santa Fe del Montseny. A place with easy access, a lovely forest with a beautiful cascade and a pond where I even took a bath…

To start with some details in case you’re interested in this excursion around the reservoir of Santa Fe Montseny. It’s situated in the “Cordillera Pre litoral Catalana” and its massif El Montseny, the highest of this mountain range. The Natural Park Montseny is also part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, the most antique one of the 11 natural parks in the area.

How to get there? Well, in case you’re heading there from Barcelona, you’ll reach this Natural Park in about half an hour. The walk starts from the Information centre Can Casades, where humans can pick up some brochures and inform themselves about the variety of walks, all of them well signposted. Another option is visit the reservoir straight from the parking in about only a 10 minute walk. I hope your humans will take you along a longer trail! There are circular walks from 2 or 4 hours too!

We crossed a wooden bridge to pass the “Riera” and at the junction we continued over a path on the right leading us further upwards passing the “Nature School of Can Lleonart”. Once passed by, we went further uphill where the scent was so fresh, humid and nice….  I could smell beech and chestnut trees. We went on through more and more forest. Further on there was a reservoir, we went around until we saw a tiny little house, “La Fabriqueta”, an old electrical headquarter that produced energy for the Hostal of Santa Fe. Nowadays completely restored. If you’re humans fancy some food here, there’s no problem we can keep them company while having a tea or coffee. I felt real comfortable.

From here on you can go back to Can Casades to finish your track. By the way, Can Casades offers a picnic zone, in case your humans brought their own food.

**More information about the walk you can find in the brochures of the Natural Park offered by the Information Centre Can Casades.