International Friendship Day on July 30th marks a moment to celebrate your loved ones and what makes your friendships special.
For some, their best friend might be their four-legged companion, particularly with surges in dog and cat ownership during the pandemic. Now as travel restrictions are slowly being lifted, more people are thinking about future vacation plans, and they’re taking their pets into account as it becomes safe to travel again. In fact, a quarter (26%) of global travelers say they plan to make a decision about where to stay at their travel destination based on how pet-friendly the property is.
With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, including our furry friends, and to celebrate International Friendship Day, Booking.com has delved into more than 28 million listings in over 152,000 destinations around the world to present seven paw-fect stays in some of the most recommended pet friendly destinations.
For four-legged friends who love the feel of sand between their paws and the splash of sea spray on their noses, Huntington Beach is a pooch paradise according to our travelers. Stretching along the Pacific Coast Highway is Huntington Dog Beach, where pups can play amongst the sun, sea and sand with other beach-loving dogs.
One of the top recommended destinations for pet-friendly travel based on reviews from global travelers on Booking.com is the German seaside resort town St Peter-Ording. Located in the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park, visitors can take walks with their four-legged friends through the salt marshes and admire the coastal setting or get acquainted with the wildlife that call the park home, such as the seals or porpoises.
Where to stay: Situated behind the sand dunes, the stylish Hotel Zweite Heimat enjoys a prime location in St Peter-Ording. It offers a wellness area, a restaurant and modern accommodation with beach views. It’s well equipped for four-legged guests too, with a dog package, including a bowl and a dog blanket available on arrival and outside a dog washing facility is ready to clean off any sandy paws after a scenic stroll.
Nestled amongst the mountains of the Basque Country, San Sebastián’s reputation is that of a foodie hotspot. The coastal resort town with a love of food, also has a love of pets. Ideal for the more than half of global travelers (54%) looking for an off-season getaway, the shores of San Sebastián beach welcome dogs outside of the peak months June-September. And for foodies visiting the Pintxos bars that have earnt San Sebastián its mouth-watering reputation, many offer outdoor seating with some even welcoming dogs inside. Visitors wanting to explore San Sebastián can also take the Monte Igueldo Funicular to go up and down the steep cliff face and enjoy the spectacular views with their four-legged friend, too.
Where to stay: Far Out Inn welcomes guests and their pet-companions to a homestay inside a historic villa that overlooks the main beach of San Sebastián. The beautifully decorated rooms offer equally attractive views of the gardens and nearby shore. The helpful concierge can help you seek out the local walks your pet companion will love or even the local Pintxos bars that are pet-friendly.
Set in the Province of Mantua, Monzambano is one of the top endorsed destinations by Booking.com travelers in Italy for its pet-friendly qualities. The lush greenery is perfect for those looking for a new stomping ground for daily walks. This Italian commune is also home to stilt houses that make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Where to stay: The beautiful farm-stay of Agriturismo Olistico Atman is the perfect home away from home, welcoming pets and their owners to explore 7.5 acres (30,000 square meters) of luscious greenery. Visitors can explore on foot (or paws) as well as borrowing bikes to explore along the river Mincio.