The last couple of years have seen an increase in dog owners taking their dogs overseas on holiday with them, and thanks to companies like Global Paws, travelling overseas with your pet has been made simpler!
Today Global Paws takes us on a virtual journey through France, sharing three regions comprised of preserved historic towns, breathtaking landscapes, world-class food and wine at dog-friendly restaurants.
Pay de la Loires région
Explore the picturesque landscapes and hidden gems of Pays de la Loire, from charming villages to stunning castles and breathtaking vineyards.
Discover Mayenne, a charming town in the heart of Pay de la Loire.
Château Mayenne - a medieval castle that gives the town its name. This well-preserved fortress offers panoramic views and a glimpse into the region’s history.
Église Notre-Dame - a Gothic-style church adorned with beautiful stained glass windows.
Farmers market on Saturday Mornings - immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere where you can sample fresh produce, local delicacies, and artisanal products. We recommend picking up some fresh cheese and home made jam.
Mayenne River* - enjoy the scenic beauty of the river as you walk, cycle, or rent a boat along its banks, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. *Tip: There have been reports of bacteria contamination in the river in 2023. As a precaution, it is advisable not to let your pup swim in the river during your visit. Safety first for our furry friends!
Dog-friendly restaurants and pubs - indulge in the culinary delights of Mayenne while dining at dog-friendly restaurants like Restaurant La Forge and Garden's Pub, where you can savour delicious meals with your furry companion.
Le Bois du Tay
The stunning Foret du Tay pictured right, makes for a great pit stop during your road trip to stretch your legs and take your dog for a scenic walk. The views amidst the towering trees are breathtaking, with plenty of sticks along the way for your dog to enjoy - you will even be greeted by some friendly horses at the end of the trail.
A small village not far from the town of Mayenne, renowned for its ancient settlement, it was originally established by the Gallic tribe called the Diablintes, and was later occupied by the Romans and known as Noviodunum. The extensive ruins that remain today primarily belong to the Roman period when Jublains became a significant regional center.
Key structures that can still be observed in Jublains, and visit with your dog include:
A Roman theater, which continues to host summer performances.
A temple, replacing an earlier wooden temple that served as the heart of the original Gallic village.
Thermal baths, located beneath the village church.
Click here to learn more about Jublains
In the heart of the Normandie-Maine Regional Nature Park, is a captivating town with a medieval fortress, ponds, washhouses, and granite houses. It's a photographer's dream! The 14th and 15th-century Lassay Castle (pictured below, right) showcases remarkable medieval military architecture, featuring a two-story barbican, small castle, machicolated curtain walls, and eight towers.
Don't miss the rose garden with 300 varieties of these long-stemmed beauties, located in the former convent meadow, and the medieval garden with a green carpet, medicinal herb garden, orchard, and copse, all set against the majestic backdrop of the castle.
Dogs can enter the castle for free, human can purchase a ticket at the entrance.
Click here to learn more about Lassay-les-châteaux
Situated on the Côte d'Émeraude (Emerald Coast), Dinard offers stunning beaches and enjoys a mild climate, making it a popular holiday destination. The town is known for its picturesque coastal landscape, charming Belle Époque architecture, and vibrant atmosphere.
The beaches in Dinard are particularly renowned, with soft sands and clear waters. In addition to its natural beauty, Dinard boasts a thriving culinary scene.
Lunch at the Plage de l'Ecluse - causal restaurants with a sea view offering Moules and Crêpes
Chemin de Ronde - pictured left, walk along the coastline and enjoy the panoramic vistas and surrounding architectural beauty. The path is well-maintained, but can be slightly narrow, so it's recommended to keep your dogs leashed for safety. Additionally, during the summer period, the path can get quite busy with tourists enjoying the views. Most beaches along the way say no dogs but there are parts where your dog can take a dip such as Plage du Prieuré and next to Restaurant La Gonelle Dinard, for example.
The following beaches also don't officially permit dogs, but it's quite common to see many dogs frolicking on the beach in the mornings and during lunchtime when there’s no lifeguard:
Plage de l'Écluse
Plage de Port Salut
Mont Saint-Michel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Normandy, France and is a must-visit destination in Europe. It's known for its medieval abbey on a lone rocky island, which has a counterpart in Cornwall, England - St Michael's Mount. The village surrounding the abbey is charming, with narrow streets and shops, and is famous for its dramatic tides.
It is highly recommended that you go early in the morning to avoid crowds. Park at the car park and walk over with your dog to enjoy the fields and sand dunes along the way.
Tune in next week as we explore Chamonix with Global Paws!
Global Paws is a family-owned business that specialises in pet travel and relocation, with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of canine and feline husbandry. The company is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of your pets during travel or relocation.
As a member of the International Pet & Animal Transport Association (IPATA) and a holder of The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animals Regulations (LAR) certification, Global Paws has the expertise and knowledge to provide a personalised and stress-free travel experience for you and your furry family members.
To book a trip, visit their website here