Pet-Friendly Madrid: Parks and Vacation Rental
Chewy at Parque Retiro

 Chewy at Parque Retiro

We worried about Spain.  When I looked online for information about traveling with pets in Madrid and Barcelona, I found a lot of articles talking about abused animals, pets left at homes, and inadequate veterinary care.  Perhaps my problem was that I was searching in English rather than Spanish because Spain, and especially Madrid, turned out to be a nation of dog lovers.

Parque del Oeste

Campo del Moro

Campo del Moro Chewy at Campo del Moro
Campo del Moro Campo del Moro

Campo del Moro

Parque del Oeste

Our favorite park in Madrid was Parque del Oeste, a park built upon the old filled-in main landfill, which has huge trees, stunning views of the Palacio Real, and its own Egyptian temple.  Dogs are not allowed inside the Temple of Debod but they are allowed everywhere else in the park and we loved walking them through this beautiful and very peaceful area.  Chewy and Abby even met another American dog, a little Chihuahua who had flown with his owner and is living in Madrid while she is teaching English. 

Templo de Debod

Templo de Debod Templo de Debod

Templo de Debod

Temple of Debod

The Egyptians donated the Temple of Debod in 1968 to Spain and it is definitely worth walking inside for a few minutes to see the beautiful ancient carvings.

Parque del Retiro

Parque del Retiro

Parque del Retiro Parque del Retiro
Parque del Retiro

Parque del Retiro

Madrid is chock-full of parks and all of them are pet-friendly, many even with specially designated dog areas.  There are no leash laws so most well-behaved dogs run off-leash around the parks and visit with other dogs.  Parque del Retiro is the most famous park in Madrid with a large lake and statues strewn about throughout the park.  The dogs liked this one though car parking was expensive and not very close by.

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Casa del Campo

Chewy at Casa del Campo

Casa del Campo Casa del Campo
Casa del Campo Casa del Campo

Casa del Campo is the largest park in Madrid with many restaurants lining the lake that overlooks the city skyline.  We found the park to be a little confusing because though it is large, there aren't very clear signs pointing out locations of walks and trails (though it appeared that there were tons of trails in the park).  We finally picked one off the main parking lot.

Madrid Vacation Rental in Ventas Neighborhood

Madrid Pet-Friendly Vacation Rental

Madrid Vacation Rental

View of Calero park

View of Calero Park

Madrid bathroom

Madrid Vacation Rental Ventas Neighborhood

We loved our apartment rental in Madrid in the beautiful Ventas neighborhood.  The spotlessly clean apartment has a small well-equipped kitchen, fast WiFi, a comfortable living area, and two large bedrooms.  There is free offstreet parking but we paid $10 per day for a secure spot in a parking lot right near the apartment.

Calero Park

Chewy at Calero Park Pet area at Calero Park
Pet area at Calero Park Playground at Calero Park

Views of Calero Park, including off-leash dog areas, and children's playground

But, the best part of the apartment was its location.  The Ventas neighborhood is a real Madrid neighborhood with no tourists or English and plenty of local shops and small restaurants.  The apartment is directly across the street from the leafy Calero Park.  In the afternoons and on Sunday, the park buzzed as old men brought out checker boards, children rode bikes, dogs came out to play, and we shared nods, smiles, and short conversations with the locals.  The park has two off-leash dog areas, a children's playground, a basketball court, and plenty of lovely places to sit and chat.

The apartment is also about a five minute walk from the subway which took us to the main tourist centers within 20 minutes.  We often drove into the city center in the mid-afternoon because we found driving to be convenient and easy, but if you don't have a car, the metro is very easy to use.  We highly recommend the Ventas apartment (especially for owners with pets) and would definitely stay there again if we are in Madrid.

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03/20/2012 23:19
Madrid looks like an amazing location to share with pets. You're dogs are very loved.
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03/25/2012 14:22
Thanks Lisa! Madrid was a wonderful place to travel with dogs --- it's a great city all around and one of our favorites in Europe.
03/21/2012 10:26
Roo
Luved the mosaic tile in Barcelona and the undeveloped park! The old columns and statues in Madrid are awesome. Glad you found lots of parks to enjoy! :)

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Thanks Roo! Barcelona's fantastic and Parc Guell is so much fun to see with the pups. :)
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Hello! I'm planning to visit Madrid for 2-3 months and would like to contact the owner of the "Ventas Apartment" to request a monthly rate. Since I'm on a budget and the websites/agents take a hugh cut, I would appreciate if you could help me and my Whippet.
Thanks for the great post .. I can't wait to enjoy Madrid.
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Bernhard, Sounds like a lovely trip! You can get in touch with the owner at luisvelasco [at] ono [dot] com. His name is Luis. Hope that helps!
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hello! what a great blog! I am moving to madrid with my 9 Lb morkie on sept. 1 of this year to teach english. do you by chance know any tips on finding an apartment that i could rent for 6 months (while on a pretty tight budget)? i cant imagine its easy finding roommates who would tolerate a dog that isnt theirs, no matter how well-behaved. Any other tips would be wonderful such as where dogs are/arent allowed (including on the metro, restuarants, etc), most dog friendly neighborhoods, and best place to board her if need be. Also, what about traveling through continental europe? is there trouble going country to country for short visits? i would hate to kennel her for too long. I cant wait to move to madrid with my pup!! thanks for any advice you can give me! pinning your site on pinterest.com/louisiananomad under spanish living for future reference :) thanks a ton!
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Hi guys,

I just found your great blog - thanks it's very helpful! I'm trying to get an itinerary together to travel from Ireland through England,France, Spain and Portugal this summer with our two dogs - it's our first time with the dogs and so it's a bit daunting to organise, i.e routes,ferries, accommodation, places to visit etc. would you have any tips? Do you know of any pet friendly travel agents who can help? Any information would be really appreciated, Thank you! A.
05/07/2014 10:16
Amanda, I'm so sorry for the delay in getting back to you on this. Unfortunately, I don't know any great pet-friendly travel agencies. But, that being said, it's not too difficult to find a lot of the information you'd need, especially if you have a car. If you have a car, it's actually pretty easy getting from spot to spot with your dogs.
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Hi!

We will be moving to Alcala de Hernanes in August and are bringing our doggy, Edward, with us. We are a bit worried about the travel to get there because he is 60 lbs and will have to travel in the cargo are of the plane on the way there. I am guessing your dogs did too, seeing as they both look too big to travel carry-on. Do you have any insight or tips on airlines, etc.?
07/15/2014 09:45
Connor, sorry for the delay in getting back to you but we actually didn't fly our dogs. We brought them to Europe via the Queen Mary 2 and then did completely overland travel throughout Europe. So, though they have a traveled a lot, they've never been on a plane! DogJaunt is a great source for information on flying with pets: http://dogjaunt.com
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Hi, I was very interested to read your excellent blog, it sounded so positive! I'm currently living in Slovakia but will be leaving to live in Madrid next year. I have become very attached to a dog I walk at the animal shelter and would like to adopt him and take him with me to Madrid, however everything I've read so far is a bit negative in the Madrilenos attitude to dogs, as I wont have a car I wondered if you had any experience of travelling around Madrid with your pets on public transport? I'm hoping too that it will not restrict my options in finding a long term apartment rental willing to house me and my doggy! Any advise you can offer will be gratefully received!
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