A Dog in the Dodecanese...

Travelling around Greece with your dog can be a challenge. So I started this resource to help others to do it, based on my experiences of finding dog-friendly places. If you have any recommendations to add, I'd love to hear from you!


We found this wonderful Airbnb place (Konstantinos' 'beautiful house above the sea') in Mandraki, cosy and close to the main square.


The kind owners at the beautiful Villa Kalypso allowed me to bring Lisa - I mostly kept her on the balcony or the terrace.

Here is Lisa enjoying the lovely Villa Pipinos... We were also made very welcome at Dolphin Studios.



Anemos Guesthouse in Olympos village (see, and Anemos Sunrise Taverna on Agios Minas beach (call 0030-2241500377). 


Restaurants that have welcomed Lisa include Faros and Nautilos in Livadia, and Elpida and Delfini in Ayios Antonis. In summer, Eristos beach and the kantina there are dog-friendly! And dogs are welcome at Antonis' Apartments in Ayios Antonis.

RHODES: The Hotel Congo is so dog-friendly that they remember the dogs' names better than the owners! An absolute delight to stay there, and there's a bar and restaurant. It's close to Zephyros beach, about a fifteen-minute walk from where the big Blue Star ferries dock. The Olympos Pension in Rhodes Old Town also has some dog-friendly apartments in the winter.

Lisa got an extremely warm welcome at La Boheme, a bar on Theodorakis Street in Mandraki, near the bus station and New Market. Lovely place for humans, too... And along the road are Perfect Spot Apartments, where the top floor suite has a huge terrace for a dog to run around on.

FERRIES: In my experience, the staff are very happy to accommodate dogs on the deck, and big long-distance ferries tend to have boxes where you can leave your dog - I'd bring a blanket or bed though. The Dodecanese Express/Pride have started requiring dogs to wear a muzzle.

CRETE: When I visited Sitia, I was welcome to stay with Lisa at the excellent and central Hotel Itanos. This was organised for me by Minoan Car Rental.

SYMI: The stunning Old Markets hotel on the harbour accepts canine guests in their largest suite. The friendly owner sent me this, which they found online:


  1. How wonderful that this is now happening in Greece. With the age of the pet passport it encourages us Brits to drive down to Greece with our best friends and have amazing holidays. The dodecanese are my little bit of heaven on earth.
    Jay Wedge

    1. Glad you to hear you approve! It's very early days here, but there is some acceptance of the idea. In fact in the rooms I've been helping to run in Olympos this summer, two sets of Greek visitors came with dogs.
      The Dodecanese certainly is a very special part of the world...