Relaxing dog-friendly Spanish holidays
Galicia is a hidden gem in the northwestern part of Spain. Known for its nature and seafood, it is a perfect place for a quiet getaway. Unlike other Spanish areas, Galicia is full of empty beaches and blooming mountains, we choose Oia, a small coast village, to enjoy a dog-friendly holiday full of adventures.
Monastery of Oia
Founded in 1137, this monastery was home to monks throughout history. It is currently abandoned and planning to be reconstructed, but for the moment, it can be visited, and yes, your dog is welcome. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. It will cost you € 5.00 to enter the building.
The Magic Route “Ruta Máxica” is a 20 km hiking journey along the Galician coast. Along the way you will have the chance to enjoy breathtaking views of the sea and to find many examples of Paleolitic art as the petroglyphs of A Pedreira the stone of the hunter and Paleolitic mills. If you feel like having some time for yourself (and your dog) alone, you can make a stop at pozas de Mougás, a series of natural pools.
Paddle surf is an offshoot of surfing originated in Hawaii, in this sport, the boarders stands on their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water.
Paddle surf is a great activity to enjoy with the family, at Santa María Surf Club they can teach you the basics even if you haven’t practiced it before.
The forests surrounding Oia are home to native wild horses since prehistory. The Curros is a party typical in the area of the south of Miño river also know as “rapa das bestas”. In this party no animals are hurt, the local ranchers drive all the wild horses from the forest to a designated area where they deworm them and cut their hair, they also mark the colts to make sure all animals are identified, then, they release the horses back into the forests. This event happens a few times a year and attacks many tourists. Dogs are allowed, however, you need to make sure that your dog can stand the presence of thousands of horses around. Dates are: 2nd Sunday of May, 1st & 2nd Sunday of June, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sunday of August.
Pozas de Mougás
On the Magic Route, on its way though Mougás, there are a series of waterfalls and creeks that create natural pools, they are known as Pozas de Mougás. They are a popular destiny for locals to have a swim and enjoy with their furry ones, located in the middle of the forest, there is a picnic area, so do like the locals and bring your own food, you will love this plan in pure nature.