Recently got away to Madrid in Spain. Here is short post about my experience with dogs and dog-friendly places out there.
At this time of the year Spain is very hot for us humans, so you can imagine how hot it is for dogs. I noticed a LOT of dogs there, but also how well people looked after them. Always had water for them, or water spray to make their bodies wet.
Madrid is really awesome to have a dog with you. Almost around every single corner there are tiny parks which had people walking their dogs. Absolutely loved it. I also didnt notice much litter around.
So nice to see that there were a lot of people out there with different breeds of dogs. It looked to me that a lot of them were potentially rescues, so great people do that.The expectation is your pet must wear a chain or resistant rope lead that allows you to control it, and they must also wear a muzzle if required (I haven’t seen many dogs with muzzles tho).
The most amazing thing was that people were talking their dogs into subway, and noone had a problem. I think it is a little bit like a train here, but I felt maybe it could be a bit more stressful for doggies, potentially louder?! I have learnt later that you can have your dog only at certain times: 7:30-9:30am, 2-4pm, and 6-8pm, however during the months of July and August, at weekends and on public holidays, you can have full access. .
So massive plus to Madrid for being such a dog-friendly place.
The Buen Retiro Park
Lovely gardens and park was located just around the corner from my hotel. The name is means “Park of the PLeasant Retreat”. Stunning location which is the largest park of the Madrid and it belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until 19th centuary, but now it is public park.
This magnificent park is full of the beautiful sculptures and monuments, galleries, a peaceful lake and also host a lot of the events. That morning I have met a lot of runners and dog walkers, probably because of the location. Lovely run around made me going through the day.
Later on I have learnt that you can let your dog off the lead in parks and gardens between 7pm and 10am (in winter) and between 8pm and 10am (in summer), always remembering the opening times of each park, and with the exception of areas where it is strictly prohibited or in children’s play parks or recreational areas for the elderly.
What else around Madrid?
City is great, but what I love about Edinburgh is that I can drive minimum 20 minutes and I am in lovely country park. As I like to explore place I went one morning to absolutely amazing place for canicross too. Full of different trails, Casa de Campo really made me to fall in love with this place.
Casa de Campo itself means in Spanish: Country House. Apparently this place is the largest public park in Madrid. It is situated west of downtown Madrid.
I have seen there millions tiny rabbits, which probably would be awesome for my two muppets, but also it was so quiet and really just 15 minutes drive from the city centre.
Nice twisty trails with some hills if you preferred or really flat going around hills. That morning at the finish of my run, I have met a lot of other runners, dog walkers and bikers.
Madrid sounds like a place to go with your pooches!