The world is getting more accessible, in part due to regulations and partly because of the ageing population. This means that for those that use wheelchairs or have limited mobility the world is opening up for great holiday destinations. Here’s our pick of 5 great accessible holiday destinations to visit in 2019.
Well renowned for it’s accessibility, Barcelona sets the standard for holiday destinations thanks to the national tourism authority and Catalonia pushing for accessible travel. The city is pretty flat and cobblestone-free with 80% of the metro stations and all of the buses wheelchair accessible. The beach not only has wheelchair access but people on hand to help out. There are also plenty of attractions that give wheelchair users a queue jump!
If you’re looking for something different, a holiday in Canada could provide brilliant natural sights and landscape. If you’re looking for something more adventurous, Whistler, A mountain resort in British Colombia offers accessible sports venues, with even wheelchair bungee jumping available to arrange. Find out more about what sports and packages are available from Whistler here.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Despite the volcano-ridden landscape, you’ll find that many areas in Lanzarote are easily accessed by wheelchair. For the ideal beach holiday, Lanzarote is a great destination for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility. All major beaches have pedestrianised sea promenades, accessible toilets and changing facilities. For nature lovers, Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park is a volcanic paradise and leads the way among accessible parks. For more information on accessible attractions in Lanzarote click here.
The largest island in the Mediterranean Ocean, Sicily is a fantastic destination to visit, whether you’re looking for adventure, culture, or just great cuisine. Whilst the cobbled streets may present difficulties, with preparation you’ll be able to visit some of the great accessible sights and activities available in the city. The Amphitheatre of Taormina has wheelchair access as well as private tour guides experienced in giving tours to those with limited mobility. Find out more about accessible tours around Sicily here.
Vienna is steeped in history and culture with plenty to do and see. Part of what makes Vienna a great destination for wheelchair users is that the city has been refurbished, having it’s cobblestones and many of it’s pavements removed. The city is flat and compact which means it’s easy to explore and sightsee, as well as great public transport in the form of the metro (with elevators) and low-floor trams. Here’s a great article with all the best accessible sights to see in Vienna.
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