The ultimate (post-Brexit) guide to traveling with your dog

“Dogs are an integral part of the family and bring great joy to recreation. We shouldn’t have to give up our dogs when we go on vacation, a moment to bask in the company of our loved ones. Last summer, for this very reason, I avoided flights to distant lands in favor of a slow, leisurely walk through Europe with my German Shepherd, Bear. It was inconvenient in many ways – fitting it into my little Fiat 500 with all our luggage and finding pet-friendly accommodation along the way – but we raced through the Swiss mountains, explored the German spa town of Baden Baden and frolicked in the ocean at Antibes.

For dog-friendly beaches and restaurants in Gijón, Spain

Located on the north coast just two hours from the Santander ferry port, Gijón is a dog-crazed city with over 20,000 dog-owning families. It’s the perfect place to bring the pooch if you’re looking for sun, sea and a siesta, with dog-friendly stretches of sand around El Rinconcín Park and the town’s main beach, San Lorenzo. Outdoor terraces abound for a dog-friendly meal on the region’s traditional fabada (stew), and there are more than 40 green parks where the dog can run off-leash. Book at NH Gijon for great sea views, and look for signs in shop and restaurant windows saying your dog is welcome inside.

NH Gijon ( offers double rooms from £90 per night B&B; £20 per dog per night.

For wine tasting and vineyards in the Douro Valley, Portugal

It’s a six-hour drive from the ferry port of Santander in Spain to Portugal’s bucolic Douro Valley, but it’s well worth the effort. This wine region is best known for its fortified wines – think Port from Taylor and Cockburn – but there’s plenty more to taste, with powerful reds and crisp fruity whites found on tables overlooking vine-covered hills of the valley.

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