Visiting Porto with dogs can be a complicated task since it is quite difficult to find information about Dog Friendly sites that you can visit with your friend of 4 legs. That difficulty in finding information comes in part because of the difference in languages and in part because the Dog Friendly culture is not currently widespread in Portugal.
However things are changing in the country, and the government is taking measures to be a more Dog Friendly destination as they know that Dog Tourism is becoming more fashionable and it is a source of income that cannot be underestimated. Here are some pet-friendly places in Porto that you and your buddy will adore!
This lovely restaurant has a menu for dogs that costs 4,50€ of which 0,50€ are donated to the Animal Protection Organization. SoundWich is the place of choice to test the exclusive creations of 14 Porto City Chefs. The atmosphere is simply great, the treatment unbeatable and it is also easily reachable, since it’s situated at the entrance of the Porto City Park.
🕑 Monday to Friday 10am – 10pm; Saturday 9am – 10:30pm; Sunday 9am – 7pm
2. Oliveiras garden
In the heart of the city you and your dog can stroll and rest in the Oliveiras Garden, where there are great panoramic views of the city that you cannot miss. In the surroundings and in the garden itself, there are several beverage kiosks, as well as clothing and handicraft shops. On a trip to Porto, you will certainly pass several times in front of the Jardim das Oliveiras and be amazed by the beauty of the green lawn and the beautiful landscaping.
Opened in November 2013, the Jardim das Oliveiras, in the heart of downtown, is the green space that comes to complement the outdoor shopping center of the Passeio dos Clérigos. With 4,500 square meters of grass and 50 olive trees, the Jardim das Oliveiras, overlooking the Torre dos Clérigos, could not be more central. Just think that you can reach this place by walking for 5 minutes from our Oporto Bridges! It extends over the space Passeio dos Clérigos, an outdoor shopping center full of modern shops.
🕑 From Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm | Friday and Saturday from 10am to 9pm
3. Teleférico de Gaia
If you want to ride the Gaia Cable Car, you’re lucky. Pets are welcome, as long as there is room in the cabin. It is both a means of transportation and a tourist attraction. If you and your dog are not scared of heights, you will enjoy an incredible view from up there!
Access to the cable car is located just after the Luis I Bridge, and it allows the descent to the long river below, where the famous cellars of Porto are located. It is a nice experience that will make you see from above the imposing river Douro and the coastal area.
🕑 May – June: Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm, Weekend and holidays 10am – 7pm
July – September: Monday to Friday 10am – 7pm,Weekend and holidays 10am – 7pm
October – December: Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm, Weekend and holidays 10am – 6pm
📍 Telef S.A, Calçada da Serra, 143, 4430-236 Vila Nova de Gaia – Portugal
4. Porto City Park
In Porto you will find the City Park with 83 hectares of green area, in which the diversity of fauna and flora will keep your dog active and entertained. You can walk with him for a long time without getting the feeling that you are repeating the journey. It is advisable not to let dogs loose though, since the park has different animals in freedom.
With 4,500 square meters of green area, you can walk with your faithful partner and rest after a long day of tourism in Porto. Take advantage of the whole area and have fun with your dog and live the moment.
🕑 Open every day at any hour
5. Villa Dog
If you’re planning to do an activity that doesn’t allow pets you can always leave them at a dog hotel where they will take good care of it. This place is really like a Villa, a 5 stars canine hotel and Fido will love it!
Here are some services offered by Villa Dog:
- Day nursery
- Bathing and mowing.
🕑 Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm
6. Pet Home
Another great option for a canine hotel is Pet Home. Here your cat or dog will be treated like kings and queens, thanks to the passionate care of the professional staff. The place was created by two classmates of Veterinary Nursing, both canine educators as well, with one dream in common: to change and improve the animal world.
The services that Pet Home offers are:
- Dog training
- Doggy day care
- Request for behaviour
- Bathing and mowing
🕑 Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm | 2pm – 6.30pm