What to Do With Your Dog in Lisbon, Portugal

Don't feel strange if when walking into the subway train, you'll find a few dogs lying relaxed on the floor. In Lisbon pets are allowed to travel free with their human companions in several public transportations such as the subway and the train. For the past decade Lisbon has become more and more a dog-friendly city offering a wide range of services and initiatives to facilitate man's best friend's caregivers.

For a nice and relaxed walk with your furry friend try Quinta das Conchas: One of the largest city parks where your dog will love a good run through the grass. It is also a very good place to make new friends, canine and human alike. Everybody there seems to own or love dogs, making it a nice excuse to start a conversation. Plus, the wide greensward is a wonderful picnic spot if you want to extend your stay for a few more hours.

Jardim do Campo Grande is another dog-friendly garden. Although it is not wise to unleash your dog there due to the proximity of a very busy road, in Campo Grande you'll find the only city's dog park. Safely fenced and well equipped with a few wooden structures for exercise, your dog will surely have a good time there.

Avenida da Liberdade is the place to go if you're looking for high fashion or exclusive jewellery. Although your dog probably won't care much about the expensive brands sold there, he'll surely appreciate a nice walk with you. The green surroundings makes it one of the most beautiful Lisbon's avenues. Plus, this boulevard has a few kiosks serving drinks and light meals where you can seat with your companion and enjoy a relaxing moment.

Maybe you want to plan an activity where dogs are not allowed like visiting a museum or go to a movie but you feel bad by leaving your pet friend home alone for so many hours? Caopreensão offers a pet sitting service, keeping your dog company when you can't. With a grass garden for sunny days and an indoor park when the weather is rainy, you can leave your companion there. Fun and friends are guaranteed while you take your time on your dog-free activities.

Silvia is an awarded writer and a traveller with more than 15 years experience. Although her journeys have been taking her a bit everywhere in the world, Lisbon is her hometown, is the city where she always returns to unveil and write about its never ending wonders.

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