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Not too many years ago pets were less commonplace on the streets in Valencia. Nowadays in Spain, people have warmed to humanity’s best friend and other pets.

Dogs and cats kept in blocks of flats is fairly commonplace. However some property owners can be concerned about damage or complaints from neighbours. It is always best to check.

Small areas are fenced off for dogs. Play is officially permitted here. Jovial signs stating perros si can be observed too. The Turia riverbed park is naturally a marvellous place for pets to stroll, play and interact with each other.


Dogs are allowed to walk, run and play on the beach during the winter months. During spring and autumn, locals seems to tolerate their playful antics too. That said, they are supposed to be kept on a leash at all times. Furthermore, liability insurance for owners of dogs, seguro para perros, was introduced across Spain in 2023.

Perhaps coming as a surprise for some expats, dogs may not be allowed on public transport nor inside restaurants unless otherwise stated. Some eateries allow them on the terrace.

Pet owners should be aware that a threat of parasite born leishmaniasis is present in Valencia, especially in the summer. Vets in Valencia constantly warn of the awful but fortunately treatable disease and suggest precautionary vaccines.

Pets can  travel freely within the European Union but only if they have been micro chipped. They also need to have received the necessary vaccine against rabies. Their owners also have to possess a valid EU pet passport.

On a personal note, a truly magnificent dog, Kiva, blessed your writer’s and his wife’s lives for sixteen amazing years. She was often in Valencia for extended periods. Roaming the streets with us and sniffing the scents was something she adored. Kiva was, however, mostly unleashed and free, which is not normally permitted. Yet I do not recollect anyone ever complaining. Even when having a conversation with police officers. It must have been her wonderful soul!

By Vincent Green, Updated Mar 20 2024

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Hiking and trekking in the Valencia region is initially a matter of transport. Areas of interest for hiking are some 60 kilometres and more away from the city. They include Calles, Chelva, Navajas, Xativa, Chulilla and Montanejo.


Walking in Valencia reveals a compact city centre that is pleasing on the eye, with architecture from many periods. The expansive beach invites with its smooth sand and distant horizon. The Turia offers greenery, blossoms and shade on hot summer days.


One of the greatest joys for expats interested in local history and culture is to discover the surprisingly diverse selection of museums in Valencia. Their collections and exhibits impress with their, at times simple at others, well structured and comprehensible displays of artefacts.

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