Dog Park and Dog-Friendly Costa Tropical

Traveling with your pet is wonderful and slowly but surely, the pet-friendly tourism is on the rise in this region.  You will find some areas which are very welcoming to your pets including, a dog park, pet-friendly hotels, campsites and more throughout Andalucia, but not on the beaches in Almuñécar.  There are however limited dog-friendly beaches not too far away.

Your pets are welcomed in Costa Tropical; dog friendly beaches, La Herradura dog park, pet-friendly hotels, campsites & more throughout Andalucia. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

We all like to get out and enjoy nature and our dogs aren’t any different.  You may walk them on a leash along the paseo and around town, but sometimes they just want to run free.  We will share a few official dog-friendly locations in the Costa Tropical area and nearby, which will allow them to do just that.  Of course, there are many hiking trails to choose from, but we will focus on the dog park and dog beach locations.

Currently, dogs are not allowed on any of the 19 beaches of Almuñécar & La Herradura.
There have been ongoing discussions about having a dog beach in the municipality of Almuñécar, but the research is still being performed.  Read more about that here.

Dog Parks!

Almuñécar – Sandovala Park

La Sandovala dog park: This is a small fenced dog park a block in from San Cristobal Beach, across from the sports Pavilion and the Municipal Pool.  The small gated entrance is located on Avenida Amelia Sánchez de Alcázar,  just behind Hotel Helios.  There are several benches in the park, but what fun your dog will have!  This is the only dog park in the area with obstacles and a training course. You should check it out! Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

Opening 28 April 2022!   CANINE PARK opens Thursday 28, April at 12:30h

This is a small fenced dog park a block in from San Cristobal Beach, across from the sports Pavilion and the Municipal Pool.  The small gated entrance is located on Avenida Amelia Sánchez de Alcázar,  just behind Hotel Helios.  There are several benches in the park, but what fun your dog will have!  This is the only dog park in the area with obstacles and a training course. You should check it out!
La Sandovala Canine Park
C. Pirámide, 4, 18690 Almuñécar, Granada  Map link

 

Almuñécar – Parque El Pozuelo (Dog Park)

Almuñécar dog park - Parque El Pozuelo

This is a small fenced dog park at the southeast corner of Parque El Pozuelo.  The small gated entrance is located near the corner,  just across the street from the Bahia Tropical Hotel and Pozuelo Beach.  There are several benches in the park and a fountain for the dogs to have water.

Rules
Of course, you are a responsible dog owner and already comply with the rules, but just as a reminder here are the basics.

  • Keep your dogs within the fenced dog area
  • Keep your pet under control at all times.
  • Do not allow your pet to disturb other users or pets.
  • You must collect the droppings and throw them in the bin.
  • Do make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations, have your papers handy just in case.
  • If your dog is more than 20kg or included in the list of potentially dangerous dog breeds of the Junta de Andalucía, it must be on a leash and muzzled.

 

Almuñécar – Alhucemas Gardens (Dog Park)

Almuñécar Alhucemas Gardens Almunecar dog park P4

The new space will occupy an area of 420 m2 located in the northern area of the Alhucemas Gardens.  This is off of Calle Larche, across from the stadium.  There will be a fence surrounding the park and it will be equipped with an automatic opening and closing gate.  Opened February 2020  All of the standard park rules apply.

 

La Herradura –  El Castillo (Dog Park)

La Herradura Castle and dog park

The grounds at the La Herradura Castle are open for dogs, with plenty of room to run and play!  We did have a visit and spotted a few of the special green bins for dog waste.  Of course, you need to be sure to pick up after your dogs and they need to follow the standard rules as well.  It is a closed-in area, other than where the main gate, which is open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 13:30 and 17:30 – 20:00.  (currently closed)

 

Velez-Málaga – Parque Canino (Dog Park)

dog park velez-malaga

One of the largest dog parks in Costa del Sol and just a 25-35 minute drive from Costa Tropical.  This dog park is located on Calle Alfredo Krauss, next to the organic orchards for the elderly.  With 15,000 square meters of space and two kilometers of paths, your dog will certainly have plenty of room to run and play.  It is completely enclosed with a high fence and double gating system to prevent potential escapees.  There is an attendant during normal hours, with lots of doggy poo disposal bins.  There are plenty of benches for you to rest, while your dog burns off some energy off-leash.  This is a great way to allow your dog to socialize and learn their manners.  You will find gravel paths and the grass area is a little untidy, but the dogs won’t mind.

Hours:  08:00 – 22:00 daily
Cost:  Free

Parque Canino Cúllar Vega, Granada (Dog Park)

Parque Canino Cúllar Vega, Granada

This park is just outside of Granada city and has plenty of activities for your dog.  The park is fenced and has training exercises, ramps, hoops, and more tricks to make the day a bit more fun.  More info.
Hours:  09:00 – 21:00 daily  (summer open until 22:00)
Cost:  Free

Dog Beaches

There are two official dog beaches in the Costa Tropical area and others which are nearby.  We will also share a link to a list of dog-friendly beaches in Andalucia as well as dog beaches in Spain.

Almuñécar –  Playa Canina La Veintiuana (China Gorda)

Playa Canina La Veintiuana is a quiet little beach at the far end of San Cristobal, heading towards Cotobro.  This beach has been officially recognized dog beach as of October 2021.  It is a short beach, but very private and specifically for dogs!  The beach is composed of sand, dark gravel and stones, clean waters, and a moderate swell.  There is a shower available for use as well.

Hours
Year round, there are no time limits to enjoy Almuñécar’s Playa Canina La Veintiuana dog beach.

Location
Click here to see the map point.  It is located along Paseo de Cotobro, in front of Edificio Los Ramos and Epsilon II.

Rules
Of course, you are a responsible dog owner and already comply with the rules, but just as a reminder here are the basics.

  • Keep your dogs within the designated dog beach area
  • Keep your pet under control at all times.
  • Do not allow your pet to disturb other users or pets.
  • You must collect the droppings and throw them in the bin.
  • A full list of rules is posted as you enter the beach.

The first dog beach in Almunecar! Playa Canina Veintiuana is a quiet little beach at the far end of San Cristobal, heading towards Cotobro. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

Motril –  Playa El Cable (Playacan)

Playa El Cable is in the urban area, just to the west of the port.  It is also referred to as Playacan, which is short for Playa Canina or dog beach.  This beach is an officially recognized dog beach.  It is a long beach of more than two kilometers in length, but there is a designated 400m area specifically for dogs!  The beach is composed of dark sand and gravel, clean waters, and a moderate swell.

Hours
Summer season only (July 1 – September 30), there are no time limits to enjoy the Playa El Cable dog beach.

Rules
Of course, you are a responsible dog owner and already comply with the rules, but just as a reminder here are the basics.

  • Keep your dogs within the marked dog area, designated 400m stretch.
  • Keep your pet under control at all times.
  • Do not allow your pet to disturb other users or pets.
  • You must collect the droppings and throw them in the bin.
  • Do make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations, have your papers handy just in case.
  • If your dog is more than 20kg or included in the list of potentially dangerous dog breeds of the Junta de Andalucía, it must be on a leash and muzzled.

 

Torre del Mar – Playa Canina de Torre del Mar (Málaga)

Located near the mouth of the Rio Vélez.  It is a large area with fine sand and nice amenities for your pets.  This includes a play area and a special water-fountain for dogs.  More info here.

Hours
09:00 – 22:00 daily

Rules
Of course, you are a responsible dog owner and already comply with the rules, but just as a reminder here are the basics.

  • Keep your dogs within the marked dog area.
  • Keep your pet under control and monitored at all times.
  • you must collect the droppings and throw them in the bin.
  • Do make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations, have your papers with you.
  • If your dog is included in the list of potentially dangerous dog breeds, or more than 20 kg,  it must wear a muzzle.
  • People may not swim in this area.

 

Torrox – Playa Canina de Torrox (Málaga)

This is a nice and wide beach with stones mixed with sand, located at the mouth of the Torrox River, next to the lighthouse.  There are services and parking very close.  The offer good shower facilities for your furry babies. It is just a short walking distance from the main Torrox Costa Paseo, with plenty of eating options. This is a beach of stones, so just be prepared.  More info here.

Hours
Daily with no restrictions

Rules
Of course, you are a responsible dog owner and already comply with the rules, but just as a reminder here are the basics.

  • Keep your pet under control and monitored at all times.
  • Be sure to collect the droppings and throw them in the bin.
  • Do make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations, have your papers with you.
  • If your dog is included in the list of potentially dangerous dog breeds, or more than 20 kg,  it must wear a muzzle.

 

More Dog-Friendly beaches and Dog parks in Andalucia

Some more dog friendly beaches in the Malaga Province

  1. Playa El Pinillo, in Marbella
  2. Beach Ventura de Mar, in Marbella
  3. Playa El Castillo, in Fuengirola
  4. Benalcan, in Benalmádena
  5. Beach Arroyo Totalán, in Malaga
  6. Beach of Piedra Paloma, in Casares
  • Here is one just a bit further east of the Costa Tropical in the Almería province – -Playa de la Rana, in Adra
  • Huétor Tájar Dog park with training exercises opened in 2018
  • Dog-Friendly Beaches in Andalucia
  • Here is a list of pet-friendly beaches in all of Spain.

More Dog-Friendly beaches in Andalucia

Help us build this list!

If you know of any Dog-Friendly Restaurants, parks, areas in Costa Topical or nearby, please let us know so we can add it to our list.

More Dog-Friendly References

Dog-Friendly Activities in the province of Granada, including hiking trails, parks, restaurants and more.

Bring your pet for some tapas in Granada!


Dog-Friendly Hotels & Rentals in Almunecar & La Herradura

Book the pet-friendly home of your dreams! with VRBO.

 

Hotel Suites Albayzin Del Mar, Almuñecar

Set in Costa Tropical, the hotel’s gardens have an Arab-Andalusian architecture, featuring waterfalls, bridges, and grottoes that connect with the swimming pools. Pets allowed!
Check prices and dates here.

Apartamentos Chinasol, Almuñecar

Set on the beachfront at San Cristobal Beach, Apartamentos Chinasol features 2 shared swimming pools and a sun terrace. Located in Almuñecar, it offers apartments and studios with a private balcony.  Pet-friendly hotel and apartments.
Check prices and dates here.

 

Camping Tropical, Almuñecar

Offering apartments and bungalows with free WiFi.  Camping Tropical is located in the countryside, 1 km from Almunecar.  It features a terrace bar with views of the Rio Verde and farms.  Pet-friendly!
Check prices and dates here

Apartment in Mariote Building, Almuñecar

Amazing views of San Cristobal beach in Almuñecar.  This apartment includes 1 bedroom, a living room, with a sofa bed and a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dining area, and 1 bathroom with a bidet and a washing machine.  Parking is available at the apartment, as well as seasonal pools, tennis, and other activities.  Very nice landlord and easy access to the beach and markets.  This property is pet-friendly.
Check prices and dates here.

 

Casa José, La Herradura

Amazing views of La Herradura.  Casa José has a balcony and sea views. The air-conditioned accommodation has complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site.  The holiday home features 4 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 2 bathrooms.  Pet-friendly.
Check prices and dates here.

 

Town Center Apartment, La Herradura

Apartment Real 1 features air-conditioned accommodation with a terrace and free WiFi and a balcony.  Located in the town center near all of the activities such as the beach, town square, hiking, diving, and fishing.  There are 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a microwave and a fridge, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower.  Pet-friendly.
Check prices and dates here.

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Heidi

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Heidi is passionate about travel (50+ countries) and loves experiencing the world with husband and their kids. In Aug 2012, they left the “perfect American life”, quit their jobs, sold their belongings and moved to Almuñécar. She likes to share all of her favorites things about the area, as well as practical information too. You may also view their family travel blog, Wagoners Abroad, at https://wagonersabroad.com

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