Ultimate travel destinations with a dog in 2023 in Europe
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Hello and Happy New Year from Normandy! I'm spending a few quiet days here with Michael and Frieda. We not only go on fantastic hikes along the coast, but also use the time to chat about the past and the coming year, to make plans and to sketch our first trips. You will definitely find out where these are going on this blog. In this article, however, I would like to give you ideas for your travel year 2023 and introduce you to the european destinations that have impressed us the most in recent years.
1. Valle Verzasca
A valley that is second to none: an emerald green, wild river, ancient stone villages, hidden waterfalls and embedded in a magnificent mountain backdrop. The Verzasca Valley is a small paradise. Located in the Swiss canton of Ticino on the Italian border, it is a stone's throw from Lake Maggiore and perfect for a stopover on the way south.
2. Bernese Oberland with Oeschinensee
But there is a second place in Switzerland that we particularly liked. The Bernese Oberland with the Oeschinensee. Nestled in the middle of a high plateau, this iconic mountain lake is best explored on a hike. With the Jungfrau region, the pretty town of Lauterbrunnen, the cities of Brienz and Interlaken and the Blausee, which lives up to its name, there is also enough to see in the Bernese Oberland to fill at least a week.
White cliffs, harsh weather, pretty villages. Normandy is the perfect destination if you like spending time outside and don't let a little storm spoil your mood. The area around Étretat is particularly pretty. Here you can admire the most beautiful cliffs of the Alabaster Coast. You can find all other highlights of Normandy in the post I linked below.
4. Luberon, France
The Luberon offers radiant warm light, lavender as far as the eye can see, pretty mountain villages and surprisingly wild nature. Located in the heart of Provence, this region leaves nothing to be desired. And by the way: Even if the lavender blossom is really beautiful, a trip to the Luberon is also worthwhile outside of the summer months.
5. Haute Provence, France
Provence is particularly wild in the Haute Provence section. The Verdon Gorge is probably the most spectacular canyon in Europe. In addition, what is probably the most beautiful village in France awaits you: Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. All highlights and an absolute insider tip can be found in the linked article.
6. Nordwales mit dem Snowdonia Nationalpark
Our road trip through North Wales was one of our absolute travel highlights and therefore belongs on every travel bucket list for 2023. Rough nature that is in no way inferior to the Scottish Highlands, pretty little towns and dramatic beaches make up North Wales. Here we have undertaken some of the most beautiful hikes with dogs. Among other things, we've climbed Snowdon and explored the dramatic Ogwen Valley. Imitation desired!
London is certainly not one of the typical travel destinations with dogs. But we liked our big city trip so much that it deserves to be included on this list. Long walks in the Royal Parks, a city tour along the Thames and exploring the Greenwich district were among our highlights. You can find out how to plan your city trip with a dog in the linked article.
8. Jurassic Coast (England)
If a stretch of coast is already so dramatically named, it simply has to be spectacular. And indeed, the Jurassic Coast is probably one of the most beautiful corners of England that we have visited so far. As well as a hike on the South West Coast Path National Trail (Britain's longest signposted long-distance hiking trail) to the Durdle Door rock arch, a trip to Weymouth, the lively and picturesque port town on the Jurassic Coast, is also worthwhile.
9. Sweden - Wilderness Road
Wild, wilder, wilderness road: We would hardly have expected that in Sweden. Rapids, waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and high plateaus make this road so special. Located just below Lapland, the Wilderness Road leads in a horseshoe shape to the Norwegian border and back into Swedish inland. Two to three days should be planned for the entire route. You can find more about the Wilderness Road and our Sweden road trip in the article.
Admittedly - you don't just go to the Lofoten with a dog. But a trip north is worth it. On the one hand because there is already so much to see along the way (the Wilderness Road for example), on the other hand because Lofoten cannot be compared to any other place in the world. Hardly anywhere else can you go on such spectacular hikes, sleep under the stars on beautiful beaches or visit pretty little fishing villages nestled in dramatic fjords.
11. Cinque Terre - Italy
From the far north back to the south. The Cinque Terre is one of the dream destinations in Europe, but should only be visited with a dog with careful consideration. But in addition to the pretty, colorful villages, there are also quiet corners and great hiking trails. You can find out how to plan your dream trip to Italy in the article below.
One of the most beautiful regions in Germany is the Moselle region, which we explored extensively last year. The hike on the Moselsteig Trail, the visit to the Moselle village of Beilstein and a detour to one of the most beautiful castles in Germany were particularly beautiful: Eltz Castle.
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