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Camping with a Dog: Tips & Advice

Camping with your dog - Tips and Tricks - Dog sitting in tent.

Dream of camping with your dog? Of course you do, dogs make ideal travelling companions on an open-air adventure and there’s no excuse for missing out on quality time together! At Campsited, we’ve got you and your four-legged friend covered, with tips and guidance on booking a pooch-perfect camping experience that you’ll never forget.

With dog-friendly campsites opening their gates worldwide, you don’t have to go to the trouble of having your dog looked after, or shed a tear when you leave them on half-board for the holiday (then get the bill for the kennels!). Whether you’re looking for a seaside, mountain or country holiday, a rustic or luxury retreat, you’re bound to find the right campsite for you – and we’ll hold your hand through the process.

Yes, camping with dogs means some different rules and a fair bit of prep, and it’s good practice to assess your level of readiness, as this could be the difference between a peaceful holiday, or a chaotic alternative. To make sure that going on holiday with your fur-baby is a pleasure, we’ve put together a guide to successful camping holidays with your dog. How to find a campsite, how to prepare your pet, what to pack to ensure your dog’s comfort and well-being, and what dog etiquette to follow when camping. Here’s a list of the contents we’ll cover in this article, you can click a title to take you directly to a section of interest. Or, if you’ve time for the full hurrah, grab a brew, put your feet up and scroll through at your own leisure.

1) Benefits to camping with a dog

  • 5 reasons (of many) why camping with your pooch is the best

2) Preparing your dog for a camping holiday

  • Training and practice-runs
  • Adjusting to new surroundings
  • Taking familiar belongings
  • Vaccinations and treatments
  • Dog grooming
  • Food and hydration
  • Identification
  • Pet insurance

3) Pet First Aid

  • Essential items for your first aid kit

4) Dog-friendly destinations

  • Deciding on your dream doggy-destination

5) How to find dog-friendly campsites

  • Find the best campsite for dogs (and follow the rules)
  • Watch out for other animals
  • Watch out for other campers

6) Travelling to your campsite with your dog

  • By car
  • By ferry
  • By air

7) Checklist for camping with your dog

1. Benefits to camping with a dog

Benefits to camping with a dog.

Take advantage of your open-air adventure and let your pooch’s enthusiasm rub off on you as you observe them in their new environment along with the many discoveries, new smells, sights and sounds that greet them. You’ll have an entertaining stay, reconnecting with the magic of nature from a whole new perspective. Here’s a few (of many) benefits to camping with your dog.

Spending time outdoors

Both you and your dog will get a lot more fresh air and vitamin D than usual. You’ll probably sleep and eat better as a result and gain a much needed well-being recharge (scientists like to call this ‘nature therapy’, something you’ll both reap the benefits from in your everyday life beyond the trip). Just watching your dog enjoying exploring exciting new surroundings will lift your spirits. Go hiking in the forest! One of the activities that will delight both you and your pet is to go for a hike on nature trails, where you can observe the flora and fauna around you together. Or go for a wild swim together in a lake or the sea… outdoor living is the best!

Getting more exercise

Having your dog with you will naturally encourage you to take more exercise because most dogs love hiking, swimming or playing a wilder game of ‘fetch’ in the great outdoors, encountering new and exciting scenery and scents. You’ll be surprised by how many more steps you take in a day when walking with a dog, especially on an open-air holiday! What an incentive to keep you active on your vacation.

A great way to meet people

There’s something about owning a dog that encourages complete strangers to strike up conversations, leading to opportunities to make new friends or just have enjoyable one-off chats. Staying at a pet-friendly campsite gives you the chance to meet other pet owners. By sharing this passion, you can make new friends with other travellers, whilst your dog also reaps the benefits of socialising in the company of other canines (and maybe horses, sheep, cats and other animals nearby).

Camping with dogs can save money

Think about all the money you will save by not having to pay extortionate kennel fees! And how wonderful not to miss your dog, feel guilty about leaving it behind or worry about how they’re behaving for the dog-sitter! Unlike bringing another human family member on your trip, your four-legged friend won’t cost you much more than usual (if anything) for their accommodation, entrance fees to local excursions or for food and drink. In fact, the minimal costs associated with their low-maintenance camp lifestyle will make you even’ more grateful for their company!

Dogs are so adaptable and make the happiest of campers

Your dog won’t need several outfits changes in the day, help brushing their teeth or take much encouragement to eat their dinner. Nor do they take up too much space in your accommodation (unless of course you’re bringing a Great Dane or St Bernard, then we stand corrected!) With just a few home comforts, like a much-loved blanket, ball or belly-rub, dogs will generally adapt to their new environment and wag their tales in adoration.

2) Preparing your dog for a camping holiday

Training is key

Campsites are fascinating places for dogs, there are a whole load of new smells and terrains to explore, and… hey, is that a stick, and a tree, and woah, another dog?! That is just a bite size commentary of what is possibly running through your dog’s mind as soon as they jump out of the car. First of all, you should bear in mind that only a well-trained dog can be taken camping. An over-excited dog that barks incessantly or tries to eat everything in sight will be everyone’s worst nightmare. It goes without saying that a dog that is violent or aggressive with other animals has no place on a campsite.

If your dog is not used to obeying you and is not sufficiently trained, the experience of camping with him will be disastrous. It is best to avoid it. Training should be a huge priority for anyone with a dog but if you intend to go camping with your fur-baby, it is even more critical for them to be obedient and respond to the basic commands like ‘stay’, ‘sit’ and ‘stop’ to protect their safety and others around them.

Acknowledging your dog’s character and demeanour in social settings will massively influence the location for your open-air holiday. A dog that is quick to bark will require spacious areas to limit interaction. A dog that is shy in its interactions will also appreciate having space. Finally, a dog that is enthusiastic, energetic and always ready for an adventure will require long walks and hikes.

Practice makes perfect

To ensure a smooth trip with no unpleasant surprises, consider revisiting your basic training before you leave. Take them out on a lead or harness in new environments close to home, check they respond to commands correctly, are able to cope with a walk of more than an hour, do not suffer too much in direct heat and agree to fall asleep in a tent or portable kennel. And if you’ve decided to go on holiday in a tent, try pitching up for a night or two in the corner of your garden (if you have one) beforehand, so that the doggie gets used to the confined space.

Adjusting to new surroundings

We camp to get away from a busy “always-on” lifestyle. Camping trips are all about forgetting the laptop, tablet and phone, disconnecting and often kicking back with that most archaic instrument called a book. Dogs do not enjoy books, however, nor too much hanging around in one spot. They want to explore their new environment. Making sure they get a good dose of exercise a couple of times a day takes care of the dog’s needs and makes for a calm, relaxed animal.

However, there is a word of caution here too for energetic people who go camping with dogs. Dogs can tire easier than they let on and risk over-exercising (in comparison to their regular dose) which is especially concerning when the weather is warm. Sorry for stating the obvious, but make sure that there is a lot of water for your pet at your tent and if you’re going on a hike, take water and a bowl with you so your dog can have regular water breaks. Whether you invest in a portable kennel for your pet, or have a mobile home or family tent with enough room for your dog, make sure you organise your space around their needs to avoid anxiety.

Take along some familiar belongings

Consider their sleeping basket, some favourite toys, their usual lead, food, treats and go-to bowl. All these items will help to relax your dog and at ease in their new home. When you arrive, take the time to walk the dog around a bit to let them discover the new environment and recover from the journey. Let them walk you and follow what interests them – within reason, of course.

Once the humans have settled in, it’s time to settle your doggie in too. Although some campsites offer dogs free reign, it’s likely there’ll be certain restrictions or possible requests to tie your pooch up whilst on camp grounds. Consider setting up a pole with a long leash to give then space for a good sniff around. Being nearby with some reassuring ‘there’s a good dog’ affirmations and smooches will help settle their initial anxiety and they’ll soon be mirroring your positive vibes.

Check your dog’s vaccinations and treatments are topped-up

Just like us, our canine companions need to take extra precautions when entering a new environment, especially if travelling internationally, as we don’t want them spreading (or catching) any nasties whilst away from home – after all, it’s their holiday too! Many types of worms such as tapeworms, hookworms or trichuris, fleas and ticks hide in the soil, in bushes or in the faeces of other animals and can infect your innocent pet and make them ill. If you are travelling with a dog that’s used to staying inside your house or other frequently visited surroundings, then a flea, tick and worming treatment should be an absolute priority before you go set off. You can ask your vet for advice on a powerful and effective treatment lasting several weeks.

Travelling abroad provides some added (but resolvable) complexities, for example a rabies vaccination is compulsory in most countries overseas and will need to be indicated on your pet’s passport, along with their identification number and your name and address. Make sure you have your own vet’s number saved on your phone in case you need to call for emergency advice, and do a bit of research online before you go regarding the closest vet or animal emergency clinic in the area you are camping.

Dog grooming before camping

We all love a pampering session before a holiday and your dog is no exception. Besides the compliments they’ll get for looking like a Crufts ‘best in show’ winner, there are also practical reasons for pruning your dog before they brave the elements, from a haircut to a paw-manicure. If you are going somewhere a bit warmer than where you live, a pre-trip haircut is a good way of making sure your dog doesn’t overheat in the hot weather and, if you’re staying at a glamping pod or homestay, a thorough pre-visit shampoo will earn you brownie points with your host as they’ll spend less time trying to neutralise doggy-smells in readiness for their next guests. Catching a long nail on new terrain is both painful for your pooch and can bring plans to a halt on your open-air adventure, so get their toenails trimmed by a professional, or if you’re confident enough, clip them yourself.

Food and hydration

Try to accustom your dog to eating a variety of foods, because transporting heavy tins of dog food or bulky packets of dog biscuits that they are familiar with may not make your holiday any easier. If you really think your dog will refuse any unfamiliar food no matter how hungry they are, it may be best to check the website of a local supermarket to see if they stock their favourite food. Keep your dog very well hydrated, especially in warmer months and when walking.

Above all, be aware of the symptoms of heat stroke in dogs and what to do about it. The wonderful thing about our canine companions is that their body language can speak a thousand words. Heavier panting than usual? Give them some water and a shaded rest-stop. Sounds obvious, but could prevent a more serious problem. For anything more serious, you should use the ice-pack from your first-aid kit (we’ll fill you in on this later), but be sure to have your vet’s number to hand if your dog’s temperature still soars.

Make sure your dog is micro-chipped or tattooed

Alongside vaccination evidence, some countries, like France, legally insist on your dog being identifiable via a micro-chip or tattoo. With a far greater risk of your dog getting lost in an entirely new location, we’re hoping you’d insist on doing this regardless. Nobody wants you returning home from your dog-friendly holiday, minus the dog. If you are planning to go camping abroad, your pet must have a passport.

To create one, you should contact your vet, so that together you can follow the official procedures and ensure all vaccination requirements are documented too. A European passport will cost around €15, but other destinations may require additional travel documents and costs will vary, so do your research.

==>Read more: Discover more about the cost and requirements for pet passports.<==

Sadly, but very important to note, there are certain breeds banned from entering some countries without a license, like Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Rottweilers. If you own a dog on this type of watch-list, they may be required to bring a muzzle at all times.

Make sure your pet insurance is up to date

From one animal lover to another, if you don’t have it, get it.

Pet insurance will be your saviour in covering some or all of the cost of veterinary fees for injuries and illness. You may need specialist pet insurance if you’re planning a trip abroad, to ensure you have access to medical assistance away from home. It goes without saying that a smaller monthly payment could prevent a heftier bill down the line, so check the small print and make sure you’re covered.

3) Pet first-aid kits

Camping first aid kits for dogs.

While walking in the wilderness, your dog may suffer a few minor injuries or come across a tick in a bush. Keep a close eye on your furry-friend and what they are doing every time you return from a walk, so that you notice if they are bothered by something, and pack a first aid kit that includes antiseptic lotion, a few compresses, and tweezers to remove parasites from its fur. 

It isn’t a pleasant thought to entertain, but just as a human can get hurt or ill on a trip, so can our beloved pets. You can mitigate a lot of the harm that can come to them by making sure you have a dedicated dog first aid kit packed in the car when you go on trips.

Essential items for your pet first aid kit

This list may be long, but many of the items are one-off purchases that you might already have. If you’re starting from fresh, a ready-made kit like one from Charlie the Vet, includes essential items such as:

  • Scissors – needed to cut bandages and matted fur…it happens.
  • Tweezers – removing splinters, debris or ticks is easier and more hygienic with a tweezer.
  • Antiseptic wash/wipes – don’t be tempted to clean a wound with alcohol, it can sting and cause an infection.
  • Digital thermometer – ask your vet to educate you on what a dog’s vital signs are.
  • Gauze and bandages – these come in all shapes and sizes. Just avoid wrapping the injury too tightly. There’s some great how-to guides on YouTube, worth a watch to check your technique.
  • Toenail trimmer – prevent torn toenails. To reduce the chance of this happening, keep your dog’s toenails trimmed as a matter of course.
  • Painkillers – your vet will recommend dog friendly painkillers. Don’t use human ones as they can make your dog ill, and in worst cases be fatal.
  • Medical tape – Aim for something ‘micro-porous’ to double-up the strength of bandages.
  • Syringe and saline pods – helpful to administer liquids and to flush out eyes.
  • Latex-free gloves – To protect you and the pup from infection during first-aid.
  • Ice-pack – For swelling, inflammation or overheating.
  • Foil blanket – If their temperature drops, a foil blanket can warm them up quickly.
  • Antibiotic topical ointment – handy for small skin wounds, but do make sure that your dog can’t lick it. We know, easier said than done, but gauzes and bandages help.

If in doubt, add the vet to your speed dial and take the time to research the area you’re staying in for potential risks. It pays to prepare… and, whilst you couldn’t put a price on the health of your beloved fur-baby, we all know how expensive emergency vet treatments can be. And if we haven’t stressed it enough, pet insurance is an absolute must-have, so check your policy covers any potential risks on your travels.

4) Dog-friendly destinations

Dog-friendly destinations. Camping with a dog.

We’re loving the rapid emergence of pet-friendly campsites across the world, with more hosts considering your adored doggy as a special guest, worthy of an equally enjoyable stay too. You’ll have noticed a greater effort from public and private landowners, shop, pub and restaurant owners too, allowing dogs to roam more freely, sometimes offering treats, water and even dog-friendly ice-creams and cupcakes for their wet-nosed VIPs.

Open-air camping with your dog unlocks endless possibility for your dog to explore mother nature and its many bountiful encounters along the way. Long walks in the freshest of air, doggy-paddling in lakes, rivers or on beaches, playing ball in open fields, the sights, the smells – and all with their ‘bestest human’ right beside them, loving life just as much!

That said, there are still some wilderness areas and attractions inaccessible to pets, mainly for to their safety or that of other animals inhabiting the land, but some opting for restrictions in peak tourist seasons to avoid overcrowding or disgruntling visitors less enthused by wet paws and wagging tails. How dare they?! To aid your campsite decision and avoid ruining your holiday, make sure that any nearby beaches, hiking trails, forests or other tourist places of interest on your bucket list are accessible to both you and your dog. Want some inspo? Here’s a handful of incredible places you could consider taking your dog on their next camping adventure.

  • In France, the southern regions of Occitania and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur can be great to discover with dogs, particularly in the shoulder season (as it can be hot and busy in the height of summer). The Pays de la Loire and Centre-Val de Loire regions in the centre and on the Atlantic coast also offer lots to do with your dog.
  • In Italy, the northern regions of Tuscany, Liguria and Alto Trentino offer lots of heavenly spots for dogs.
  • In Spain, Catalonia or Andalusia would be our picks for holidays with a dog.


Le Gard

  • The Pont du Gard is a section of what was once a 50km aqueduct that channelled water from Uzès to Nîmes. This bridge is nearly 50m in height, with three tiers of arches. It’s an incredible sight and niceto walk around. Pets are allowed on the Pont du Gard site on a lead (but not allowed in the museum).
  • The Gorges du Gardon perfect for a walk with your dog (but leads are mandatory).
  • The Sautadet waterfalls are magnificent and your dog will enjoy a dip, but be careful where you let them get in, it is dangerous in some places!
  • The historic centre of Nîmes with its narrow streets is a very pleasant place to wander and many of the city’s historic sites are dog-friendly, such as the mythical Nîmes arena or the magical Jardin de la Fontaine.

Try these pet-friendly campsites nearby :


Parc National des Cévennes 

Dog-friendly activities in this spectacular park include hiking the gorges, taking the Cévennes steam train, visiting the castles of Allègre les Fumades or Cheylard d’Aujac, the Aven Armand cave, La Bambouseraie en Cévennes and the Cévennes valley museum.

Try these pet-friendly campsites nearby :



  • The Cirque de Navacelles is a natural site classified as a Grand Site de France. The views of the cirque from the viewpoints are extraordinary. If you want to be totally immersed, there are some wonderful walks to be done in the heart of the cirque.  
  • The Hérault gorge offer walks through the gorge and along its cliffs, swims at Devil’s Bridge and beautiful medieval villages such as Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert to visit.
  • The Salagou lake is nestled in the middle of arid red rock hills. The brick red of the “ruffes” mixes wonderfully with the blue of the sky and the waters of the lake. We love the Salagou for swimming, relaxing, canoeing, hiking or mountain biking.
  • In Montpellier, dogs are very welcome. The many green spaces of the city are perfect for walking dogs on a lead. There are also some beautiful beaches to walk with your dog within an hour of Montpellier, such as La plage de l’Espiguette in Grau du Roi, la plage du Grand Travers in Carnon/la Grande Motte or la Crique de l’Anau in Sète.
  • The Locks of Fonserannes on the Canal du Midi is a World Heritage Site and an exceptional piece of canal architecture which you can admire with your dog, before stretching your legs along to tow path in either direction.
  • The Pierres Blanches forest in Sète is the ideal place to enjoy a shady wander with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea and the Thau lagoon. You should keep your dog on a lead in case you encounter local wildlife.

Try these pet-friendly campsites nearby :


Carcassonne is world-famous for its fortified city, the largest in Europe. This medieval city is dog friendly (except the Château Comtal).

A dog-friendly spot to stay near Carcassonne is Sites et Paysages Le Moulin de Sainte Anne


  • There is a walk of about an hour at Orgues of Ille-sur-Têt where you will marvel at a very unusual landscape sculpted by erosion. (Your dog should be on a lead.)
  • Colourful little Collioure is one of those villages you shouldn’t miss, its bell tower a unique monument in France. While its beaches which are unfortunately out of bounds for dogs, you’ll be able to explore the small fishing port, admire the royal castle and wander the narrow, colourful streets lined with artists’ studios.
  • Climb the Canigou – a fantastic hike with several different routes possible, depending on how long and how difficult a hike you and your dog fancy. (Take water and snacks for both of you.)
  • Bouillouses lake is ideal for a relaxing day with a picnic. 
  • The village of Eus and surrounds, with lavender, lemon trees and a postcard landscape, promises hours of relaxation and strolling.

Dog friendly campsites nearby:

The French Riviera

  • The Massif de l’Estérel near Saint-Raphaël, with its red volcanic rocks and turquoise water creeks, is an ideal spot for hikes with a dog in the Var.
  • The Croisette in Cannes is one of the most famous seaside strolls for dogs and their humans on the French Riviera. 
  • The town of Fréjus organises guided tours in high season, where dogs are allowed. The Argens beach in Saint-Aygulf allows dogs on a lead.
  • Discover Saint-Tropez, a pretty village full of history, by taking a boat trip with your dog, offering you breathtaking views from the sea.
  • Hyères, perched on the hill and dominated by the medieval castle of the Lords of Fos, is worth a visit. There is a nice hike around the Giens peninsula nearby and, from there, you can take the boat (free for dogs) to the island of Porquerolles. Just note that dogs are allowed on the island but not on its beaches. 
  • Enjoy the beach with your dog at Cros Dei Pin beach (Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat), Iles de Saint Honorat et Sainte Marguerite (Iles de Lérins), Villeneuve-Loubet, Sainte-Maxime, la plage du Mérou (Hyères), Plage de Pampelonne (Ramatuelle near St Tropez).
  • For wonderful views of the Riviera, visiting the perched villages of Èze, Vence, Saint-Paul-de-Vence or Ramatuelle is a lovely day out. Your dog will be welcome in most restaurants for lunch.

Dog friendly campsites of the Côte d’Azur:

Les Gorges du Verdon

Known as the highest and most beautiful canyon in Europe, the Gorges du Verdon offer visitors magnificent hikes for all levels. After your hike, have a swim in the Sainte Croix Lake.

For somewhere to stay with your dog, check out Huttopia Gorges du Verdon



  • Les Sables-d’Olonne has salt marshes and beaches to sniff around. The beaches open to dogs (on a lead) year-round are: Les Granges, Sauveterre and Graviers. 
  • Floralies Park in La Tranche-sur-Mer is great for a stroll with your dog (on a lead). Take a picnic with you and enjoy the lovely park with its exhibitions, gardens, beehives and more.
  • The Marais Poitevin is a place of peace and quiet, an unusual watery landscape to explore with your dog.
  • Between Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez and Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, the Corniche Vendéenne is a delightful 3km walk along rocky coast, with glimpses of fauna and flora and sandy coves.

Dog-friendly open-air resorts in the Vendée:


The Loire Valley

Visiting castles with your dog: In most cases, dogs are allowed on a leash in outdoor areas, but not inside, except for small ones which can be carried. This applies to the castles of Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry, Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, Gaillard, Montrésor, Chambord and Chaumont. However, some castles allow dogs inside, including the Château d’Ussé, the Château de Langeais (except during falconry shows), the Château de Champchevrier, the Fortress of Montbazon and the Château de Montpoupon.

Other sites to discover  with your dog are: 

  • Les Barres Arboretum  
  • Orléans Forest
  • The “Petrifying Caves” and most other caves 
  • Richelieu Park 
  • The troglodytic valley of Goupillières 
  • The towns and villages of Chédigny, Blois, Tours and Saumur.

Dog-friendly open-air resorts in the Loire Valley:




  • In Florence, churches and museums are not dog friendly. But there are still plenty of things to see with your dog. You can stroll across the Ponte Vecchio (one of the most famous attractions in the city), size up a replica of Michaelangelo’s David in Piazza Della Signora, and admire the stonework of the Duomo.
  • One of the most popular places to visit in Pisa is of course its famous Leaning Tower. Dogs aren’t allowed inside the tower but they are always welcome to admire it from the outside which, let’s be honest, is the best bit. And the city of Pisa has lots more for the two of you to discover on foot, like the picturesque old town with its beautiful squares, the lovely walks along the river Arno, the Migliarino San Rossore Natural Park and the beautiful beaches of Calambrone and Tirrenia.
  • There are plenty of little towns and villages in the Tuscan hills that are full of historic charm, unforgettable local cooking and jaw-dropping views. One of the best ways to feel the region’s authentic charm is to visit its classic hilltop towns and medieval hamlets, among some of the most beautiful places in Italy. Enjoy strolling the streets of Siena, Montepulciano, San Gimignano, Lucca, Volterra and Arezzo with your dog.
  • Monteriggioni is a walled town known for its medieval fortifications and watchtowers. The castle walls offer views of the surrounding Chianti region. Among the most important attractions here are the mighty fortified wall with its impressive 14 towers, the pretty medieval town centre with its beautiful Piazza Roma and the historic church Santa Maria Assunta. 
  • Saturnia is known for its thermal springs. The picturesque waterfall Cascate del Mulino with its turquoise pools is a great place to visit for a “spa day” with your dog, because dogs can bathe in the hot water with you!
  • The beautiful island of Elba is the perfect place for a beach holiday in Italy. Mola, in Porto Azzurro, is the most famous of the dog-friendly beaches, but there are others, such as the beaches in Portoferraio, Campo nell’Elba, Capoliveri, Marciana and Rio Marina.

Open-air resorts in Tuscany:

The Dolomites 

The Dolomites, a mountain range in northern Italy and Unesco World Heritage Site, is a dog-friendly place. Everything is well thought-out for dogs, and they are allowed everywhere. (Some public transport, such as cable cars and buses, require a muzzle.)

The must-sees during a stay in the Dolomites:

  • The Lago di Braies is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites (but be warned that it may be very busy in the high season). The lake offers many activities to share with your dog, such as a walk around the lake, or a boat ride (free for dogs).
  • The Val di Funes is a valley of rolling meadows with the Dolomites in the background.
  • The Alpe di Siusi has a splendid view, and many hiking trails of various levels start from here.
  • Seceda has a breathtaking view from the top and some great hiking.
  • The Tre cime di lavadero are a true emblem of the Dolomites, easily recognisable: three rocks that rise to almost 3000 metres. 
  • A path around the 5 Torri has several beautiful viewpoints.
  • Lago di Carezza is a beautiful lake with emerald coloured water, surrounded by a spruce forest and the mountains.
  • Lago di Sorapis with its incredible milky blue water (caused by glacier melt) has a 12km hike around it. (Some parts are quite difficult with metal stairs and slippery rocks.)
  • The earth pyramids of Renon, unusual clay chimneys formed by erosion, are worth a visit. You can get there by taking a cable car and train, then enjoy one of the many walks around this magnificent area.

Check out this dog friendly campsite in the Dolomites:  Camping Vidor Family & Wellness Resort

Lake Garda

  • The dog beaches on Lake Garda Lake are numerous and well indicated, so you’ll both be able to enjoy plenty of dips. 
  • Visit the archaeological site of Grotte di Catullo, impressive ruins of a Roman villa that was built at the Sirmione peninsula. Dogs are allowed visit the site (on a lead) but not the museum.
  • Visit the Castello Scaligero, located in the north-eastern part of Lake Garda, in the historic centre of Malcesine. Dogs are allowed in the castle and also in the museum.
  • Take the cable car up Monte Baldo and hike high up there to enjoy exceptional views of the lake.
  • Take a boat trip on the lake to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Dogs are welcome (with lead and muzzle) but they’re not free!
  • There are lots of well-equipped dog parks around the lake.
  • Discover the superb Cascades du Varone waterfall, with your dog on a lead.
  • Take a day trip to walk around the beautiful city of Verona, to see the famous balcony of Romeo and Juliet, and the well-known Arena.

Accommodation options near Lake Garda:



Barcelona and surrounding area

  • Admire Gaudi’s work, from La Sagrada Familia to Casa Batllo to Casa Milà. Dogs are not allowed inside, but they can admire Gaudi’s architectural beauties from the outside. You can also walk through his Park Güell, which is dog-friendly.
  • Climb Montjuïc hill for panoramic views of Barcelona 
  • Admire the art at the Citadel Park
  • Wander Las Ramblas, the most well-known avenue in Barcelona, which runs through the heart of the city centre.
  • Enjoy the dog-friendly beaches of the region: Cala Vallcarca, Playa de Llevant, Playa de les Salines, Playa de Pineda de Mar and Playa del Cavaió.

Costa Brava

  • Stroll through the charming streets of the town of Cadaqués.
  • Take a walk in the natural park of Cap de Creus
  • Don’t miss the splendid Santa Clotilde gardens and the beaches of Fenals in Lloret de Mar.
  • Explore the medieval streets of the hilltop village of Begur, where the views are exceptional!
  • Visit the beautiful walled town of Tossa de Mar.
  • Take a hike up the mountain of Montserrat. (Dogs are allowed on the hiking trails but not in the monastery)
  • Spend a day in Girona, a medieval walled city with diverse influences from the ancient Romans, Moorish-era Arabs, and Jews.
  • Enjoy the dog-friendly beaches of the Costa Brava: Rubina beach in Castelló d’Empúries, the Els Griells beach in Estartit and Playa del Rex del Molí in L’Escala.

Dog friendly campsites in Catalonia:     


  • Take a walk through fascinating Tarragona. UNESCO-listed ancient Roman architecture can be found throughout the city, including an incredibly well-preserved 2nd-century Roman amphitheatre and a Roman-era cathedral.
  • Enjoy the dog-friendly beaches nearby: Cala Bon Caponet, Cala del Cementiri and Playa de la Riera d’Alforja.

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  • Perched in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the walled city of Granada is famous for its architecture, particularly the Alhambra, a complex of several palaces, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dogs are not allowed in the palace (and in fact it can be difficult for humans to get in either – you need to book ahead), but the walk to the Alhambra to see it from the outside is very pleasant. Also worth visiting are the San Nicolas and San Miguel Alto viewpoints, the Albaicin district and the Sacromonte district, with its troglodyte houses, offering a magnificent view of the palace and the Sierra Nevada in the background.
  • In Ronda, you can admire the Ponte Nuevo, spanning a steep gorge. It separates the old town on one side from the modern town on the other. Ronda is built on a fault line 700 m above sea level, which makes for a spectacular landscape.
  • The most famous road-trip in the region will take you to the ‘white villages of Andalusia’ (Pueblos Blancos), including Arcos de la Frontera, Grazalema, Setenil de las Bodegasrès with its troglodyte houses, and Zahara de la Sierra, with its ruined castle and the view of the turquoise lake below.
  • Málaga is worth a wander. Dogs are unfortunately not allowed inside the main cultural attractions of the cathedral, museums, the Gibralfaro walls and the Alcazaba. But the historical centre of Málaga is still worth visiting and there are some dog parks there. If you are a beach lover, there are some beaches where you can take your dog, such as Castillo Sohail beach in Fuengirola, Torre del Mar dog beach, Torrox dog beach and Benalcan in Benalmádena, around half an hour drive away.
  • Marbella is known as THE luxury seaside resort of the Costal Del Sol with prestigious villas, luxury shops and the marina of Puerto Banus, where the yachts of the stars are moored. But Marbella is also a pretty, quiet town with a historic centre of flower-filled houses and 27km of beaches to stroll along, including the dog-friendly El Pinillo and Ventura de Mar beaches.

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The Netherlands

  • Walk along the historic canals and laneways of Amsterdam, observing the gorgeous historic buildings. 
  • The Netherlands is famous for its tulips and Keukenhof Garden (the Garden of Europe) just outside Lisse is the largest public garden in the world. You should visit it during the Springtime, dogs are free. 
  • Oude Haven is the Old Harbour in Rotterdam – the oldest port in the Netherlands and enjoyable to explore with your dog. One of the iconic structures to look out for in the harbour is Het Witte Huis (the White House) which has the claim to fame of being the first skyscraper in Europe.
  • Visit Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to take in the beautiful windmills that date from the 18th century. Take the waterbus there from Rotterdam with your dog.
  • De Hoge Veluwe National Park is one of the best places to visit in the Netherlands for dogs and their nature-loving humans, as it is the largest continuous nature reserve in the country. With dense woodlands and a fascinating sculpture park, the area was once a country estate and hunting reserve, and to this day is home to many red and roe deer. It’s also a popular area for bird-watching, hiking and biking (free bikes available). A great place for exploring with your dog (on a lead).
  • Explore Delta Works and Zeeland’s spectacular dikes, which protect this reclaimed area’s little islands and coves from flooding. Cutting-edge dam systems, the most sophisticated in the world and very interesting to learn about, control all the water entering the area from the North Sea.
  • Romantic little Valkenburg, in the picturesque Geul Valley, boasts Holland’s only hilltop castle. As well as its ancient ruins, the town is famous for its spas, caves and Christmas Market held in the Velvet Caves. Dogs are welcome in the caves and at the ruins.
  • Some of the main sights of Delft are the City Hall and the Nieuwe Kerk, or New Church, which has a tower that you can climb to look out over Rotterdam and The Hague. But Delft is best known the world over for its famous blue and white porcelain products.
  • Near the lovely city of Utrecht, De Haar Castle is the largest fortification in the country. This spectacular castle sits on a 250-acre park. Dogs are welcome to explore the park and enjoy the outside of the castle, on a lead, not inside the castle.
  • Giethoorn lures visitors with its dreamlike tranquillity, idyllic waterways, and pretty thatched-roof farmhouses shrouded in greenery. Located in the northeastern Dutch province of Overijssel, the village is a cluster of small peat islands, with over 55 miles of canals, hundreds of wooden foot arch bridges, and no car streets.

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These are just a few of so many incredible camping destinations for you and your dog. We’ve got lots more pet-friendly places to stay throughout France, Italy and beyond. Why not browse by country and filter by ‘pet-friendly’?

5) How to find dog-friendly campsites

Dog-friendly campsites. Campsites that allow dogs.

Find the best campsite for dogs (and follow the rules)

At Campsited, we’re here to help you find the perfect dog-friendly campsite to suit your budget and camping style, ensuring your camping adventure will be an inclusive as well as enjoyable experience. We can also help you with suggestions and advice to get your holiday finalised and booked with ease.  You can filter ‘pet-friendly’ campsites when booking with us to find the best spot for you and your dog.

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Some campsites only allow dogs on bare pitches, or will refuse category 1 dogs. They may also have certain rules that you should be aware of (wearing a leash, muzzle for certain dogs, etc.). The campsite will also be able to give you valuable information, such as whether your canine companion is welcome on the local beaches, and whether there are nice walking areas nearby. Some campsites even have dog parks! Don’t forget to read some of the many reviews from verified guests to get tips and ideas about the local area and what to expect at your chosen campsite.

Watch out for other animals

If you are staying at a pet-friendly campsite, this means that other holidaymakers will also be there with their pets. Your dog may also encounter other types of animals residing on (or near) the land, like cats, horses and sheep. Despite the rules of living together on your campsite and the good behaviour of your dog, there’s no guaranteed that the other animals present will be as disciplined or used to a community experience.

It will therefore be essential to follow the camping ground’s rules and regulations, keep your pet in sight, or on a lead nearby. In most cases, it makes sense to keep your dog on a lead anyway, just for your own peace of mind, but there may be additional requests such as muzzling and controlled barking to maintain a peaceful playground for all campmates. Checking out all the rules will help you select the site or sites that suit you and your pet best, then you’ll be ready to book and start looking forward to your holiday together!

Watch out for other campers

We spoke about brushing up on your basic obedience training before venturing onto a pet-friendly campsite, well now’s the time to put it into action! Along with showing caution for other animals, consider the feelings of other campers who may not feel as comfortable around your dog as others. We can’t assume by choosing a dog-friendly campsite that everyone there will be dog lovers, and won’t mind being disturbed by barks, begs for food and belly rubs! Yes, your Bernese Mountain Dog is absolutely adorable and wouldn’t hurt a fly, but your neighbour will see his sixty kilos, bear paws and dinosaur teeth first! Not everyone is used to dogs, and the friendliness of a camping holiday comes at a price: peaceful coexistence.

Families with children can be especially nervous around new dogs and, whilst kiddies are full of intrigue, they may innocently mis-handle your dog or underestimate its strength or enthusiasm. Keeping your dog on a lead until everyone in the vicinity is comfortable and aware of its demeanour is a sure-fire way to stay in your fellow camper’s good books. And we couldn’t end this section without mentioning poop. There’s no other way to put this – pick it up! Not everyone is madly in love with dogs and dog poop lying around does little to improve their feelings. Bring doggy poop bags with you when you camp or go exploring, and use them. End of.

6) Travelling with your dog

Travelling with your dog by car, ferry or plane.

Travelling by car

If you are travelling by car, plan a route that includes plenty of stops on the way, to allow your dog to stretch their legs. Pack their water bowl and a big bottle of water inside the car, easily accessible, so that you can offer your dog a drink of water each time you stop.

Make sure your dog is used to the car before you embark on a camping trip. Most dogs find their ‘car legs’ quickly but that comes with repeated exposure to the vehicle and if their first real experience of the road is a 450 kilometre journey, you may well have some regrets.

In warmer months, the car can feel like an oven to a dog (especially if your air-con isn’t the greatest), so keep checking for any signs of over-heating and dehydration and make sure water is in plentiful supply.

Travelling by ferry

Think carefully about ferries – the shorter the crossing the better. Look at your ferry company’s website to see what their rules are when it comes to bringing animals on board.

If you are travelling by car, the ferry company might let you leave your dog in your vehicle or even bring it to your cabin, but most ferry companies insist that dogs are transported in a crate, and that the crate is stowed away in a designated place for the duration of the crossing. Double-checking before booking is the best advice!

If you have to leave your dog in the car, make sure there’s adequate ventilation, plenty of water and, if needed, enough food to sustain the journey. It may cause them some anxiety if you have to part ways for a short while, so leave something familiar like a favourite toy or blanket. Those comforting smells and feels of home will help to relax them.

Travelling by air

Again, regulations vary according to the airline you choose. Check each one carefully before booking. Some carriers allow small dogs (in crates) into the cabin while others ask that dogs (always in crates) are stowed in the luggage hold.

They say the temperature and pressure in the hold is similar to the cabin, so this shouldn’t be a concern, but your dog should be accustomed to spending time in the crate. If not, spend the weeks (if not months) prior to your trip preparing them for this level of enclosure for a long period of time. Bedtime is great for experimenting with a crate and assessing their temperament and suitability.

Do your research on rules and restrictions for doggy passengers at airports both ends, whilst putting your dog’s wellbeing at the heart of each travel decision, especially if they’re likely to be travelling unattended for more than a few hours.

7) Checklist for camping with your dog

Camping checklist for your dog. Dog holding a lead.

This list provides a good basis that you can adapt to your needs. Some things are obvious for keeping your four-legged bestie warm, fed, dry, relaxed and entertained. Others essential for their safety and the safety of others around camp. Try to keep dog accessories and toys to a minimum to save your efforts with packing and unpacking. After all, this is a wild adventure, so your dog carrier handbag or selection of printed neckerchiefs could stay at home. No-one knows your dog better than you, so you’ll decide whether you need everything on our checklist, maybe more? But here’s something to get you started.

  • Pet first aid kit (scroll up for our tips on must-haves for your kit)
  • Collar & lead, name tag with your mobile number on holidays, including international code 
  • Lighted collar or high-visibility strip to put on their collar at night-time
  • Waterproof coat – for colder climates
  • Ground stake, to tie them to your pitch
  • Health / medical history booklet
  • Food and water bowls
  • Food and treats in an airtight box (otherwise beware of moisture and insects!)
  • Floor mat, basket or crate with bedding
  • Toys (or their favourite thing to chew)
  • Poop bags
  • One or two absorbent towels

In this article, we’ve also covered some considerations for camping abroad with your dog, like vaccination records, a passport and a crate. Feel-free to scroll back up and triple check. We hope you found this guide useful and are ready to find your next pet-friendly campsite. Book your open-air holiday with the whole family today.

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