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Pet-friendly Barcelona

Written by Christine

They say that having pets helps you to live longer, lower blood pressure and stress, and bring you a sense of joy and companionship unlike any other.  Even though it would be fantastic to bring our four-legged friends everywhere with us, it’s important to know which places in the city are pet-friendly or when it’s best to leave your furry friend at home.  Barcelona is a city that welcomes animals in many different public places, but it’s always best to know ahead of time which ones will welcome you and your pet together.

Public Transportation

Photo credit: jose Gonzalvo via VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND

Photo credit: jose Gonzalvo via VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND

In general, pets are welcome on public transportation in Barcelona, but with some restrictions.  Guide dogs are always permitted but other dogs and pets are allowed during certain hours of the day on the Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB). On weekends, holidays, and during the summer, dogs can be brought on the Metro and bus as long as they have a leash and muzzle and stay with their owner at all times.  Dogs are not allowed to sit on the seats or use the escalators in the stations for safety reasons.  During the week, dogs can be brought on public transport with the same rules except from the hours of 7:00-9:30 and 17:00-19:00.  For full rules and regulations, you can consult the TMB website and learn more about traveling with pets in Barcelona.


In general, many casual restaurants in Barcelona don’t have a problem with your pet tagging along as long as you stay in the outdoor terraza and your animal is on a leash.  Some places are more welcoming than others though, and there are some great restaurants in Eixample that will welcome both you and your pet.  Maur Muntaner, located near the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, is a fantastic restaurant in which to dine and also allows animals on the terraza as long as they are on a leash.  This restaurant has been noted as being especially pet-friendly, so you are sure to have a very special dining experience.  Nearby is Casa Julia, another Eixample favorite that is especially friendly towards pets as long as they are controlled.  Casa Julia is located on Enric Granados, a street that is known among dog owners as a place to bring your dog to play and meet some friends, as the area is well known among animal owners.

Public parks

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Photo credit: trpnblies7 via / CC BY-NC-ND

Most public parks in Eixample allow dogs to pass through but there are a few parks that are designed with dogs and animals in mind.  Parc de l’estació del Nord is an animal-friendly park that is a great place to let your dog run around and make some other four-legged friends.  Many dog owners in Eixample bring their furry pals here to exercise and socialize with other dogs while taking in the great scenery of the area.  Also, on Avinguda Diagonal not far from Glòries, is the Zona para Perros, another park that is a great place to let your dog have a little more freedom and interaction with other dogs and will allow him to break free from the leash for a bit.

About the author


Christine is a traveler, teacher, writer, and beach-lover, exploring Barcelona one tapa at a time!

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