It is estimated that about 70,000 dogs live in Barcelona. They're not all registered, even though the law requires every dog owner to do this, but it doesn't always happen.
Barcelona may well be classed as a 'dog friendly' city, but it can be rather difficult for dog owners to visit some places with their pets. The good news is that more and more establishments are now allowing people to bring their dogs too.
There are even some "militantes" places that not only allow pets, but they consider their presence to be completely normal. This is the case of the art gallery "Cosmo" in Enric Granados Street. The owner of the art gallery came up with this idea of creating a gallery-café that's open for breakfast and displays temporary exhibitions for visitors with pets.
The friendly bookstore "La Casa del Libro" in Rambla de Catalunya also allows families to bring their pets into this cultural place.
The truth is that, thanks to the Internet, finding local friends in Barcelona who like dogs is easy. For example, when we want to find accommodation in Barcelona, websites like seadmitenmascotas.com will let you know quickly where to stay with your pet.
A more controversial issue is in bars and restaurants that serve food because municipalities have certain laws, but at the end of the day, it's usually up to the restaurant or bar owner to allow pets in their premises. The change of mentality and the arrival of well-educated communities who own dogs in Barcelona explains the increase in 'dog friendly' establishments.
Although it is impossible to mention all the pet-friendly places, we will still highlight a few for dog owners. For example, "Ítaka" is a very friendly restaurant, opposite the Parc de la Ciutadella. It always has fresh water and treats for dogs. In Eixample Esquerra, "Copasetica" is another of those restaurants with water and smiles for dogs and their owners.
Other "doggie" places include the classic "Can Solé", "Bar Calders", "Sol i Lluna", which is an eclectic French restaurant, "Seco" cafeteria, and "Algueró". Let us not forget all the other restaurants and bars that do their best to accommodate customers and their pets.
One of the most enjoyable activities for pet owners is to take their dogs to the beach. Animals enjoy this just as much as humans do. This year, Llevant de Barcelona beach has started a pilot project, which will run until the last Sunday in September. A total of 1,200 square metres has been dedicated to pets, with shower facilities for dogs as well as for their owners, water fountains, canine urinals, and lots of bins for dog excrement.