Category | Travel Tips
| Updated: 04/03/2024
Everyone deserves a rich and rewarding holiday experience, but unfortunately, some destinations are better than others for persons who have special needs. The purpose of our blog this week is to help wheelchair users and their families locate travel destinations that can accommodate them in comfort, convenience, and safety.
In the sections that follow, we'll explore the Top 5 Holidays for Wheelchair Users.
Resort Holidays in Algarve, Portugal
The first two recommendations we have for wheelchair friendly trips are a pair of gorgeous resorts in the Algarve region of Portugal. The Algarve is located in the southernmost area of Portugal and is known for its exquisite Mediterranean beaches, golf resorts, and its beautiful low cliff views. The climate is perfect all year round and many Algarve beaches are classified as 'Accessible.' This means they're equipped with ramps that lead directly to the sand, disabled toilets, first aid stations, and many other amenities designed to assist disabled persons.
The Idyllic Albufeira Resort
One of the Algarve's most magnificent resorts, the Albufeira is located directly on the Salgados Beach and near a Lagoon Nature Reserve. The rooms are spacious and beautifully adorned with wall length windows that give on the beach and the dining options are sumptuous as well as varied. The rooms are also wheelchair accessible, with wheel-in showers, handrails, and shower chairs. Electric beds are also available for a small extra fee. There is also ample nightlife available if you are so inclined, with most of the clubs and restaurants also wheelchair accessible.
The Yellow Monte Gordo Beach Hotel
Monte Gordo is another alluring resort town in the Algarve region. The beaches in Monte Gordo are known more for their sand dunes than their cliffs, but they remain as beautiful as any in the region. The Yellow Monte Gordo Beach Hotel features formidable Moorish architecture and exquisite ocean views. The hotel itself is completely wheelchair accessible, as is most of the surrounding district of bars, clubs, and restaurants, but direct access to the beach is a bit more difficult because it is usually reached via stairs.
Cruises for Wheelchair Users
Because they're self-contained, all-inclusive, and typically crawling with staffers who are willing to assist passengers, a luxury cruise is often a lovely option for a wheelchair friendly holiday. Wheelchair users can choose from dozens of ocean or river going crusises, each of which will pamper them with food, spirits, and song, and carry them to exotic ports of call all over the world. It's important to remember, however, that not all cruises are created equal when it comes to catering to wheelchair users or persons with other mobility problems. That's why we've gathered the following list of three cruises that are explicitly designed for the comfort and ease of such persons.
The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line does a remarkable job accommodating wheelchair users on their ships, with staterooms and social areas that are designed to be accessible to all passengers and disabled services such as early boarding, embarking and disembarking assistance, and transfers that utilize vehicles equipped with lifts or ramps. Additionally, every ship in the Royal Caribbean Fleet has at least one pool and one whirlpool that is equipped with a lift for wheelchair users' convenience and comfort.
The exact excursion you choose depends on your taste, but we suggest one of the following. You can rest assured that with any of these choices, wheelchair users will encounter the ultimate in pleasure and accessibility.
- A 7 Night Greek Isles Cruise from Venice, Italy to Kotor, Montenegro and Five Ports of Call in Greece
- A 7 Night Adriatic Cruise From Venice and Dubrovnik through Rome, Naples, and Barcelona
- A 5 Night French and Dutch Adventure Cruise that takes you from Southampton to Rotterdam and Brussels before finishing in Cherbourg, Paris, and Normandy
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