Disabled Holidays Facebook Accessible Travel Twitter Disabled Travel YouTube
Accessibility A A A
Call our friendly team on 0871 222 4939
News & Offers News & Offers News & Offers News & Offers News & Offers

Where is the No.1 accessible holiday destination?

11 December 2015

We’ve been wracking our brains and wondering, where is the most accessible European holiday destination?  What resort or city can offer the highest levels of wheelchair accessibility, the flattest and smoothest streets, the best disabled access and the most welcoming services for anyone with a mobility impairment?

The answer is not straightforward, and has required us to consider a great deal.  For example, how does one compare the overwhelming number of accessible tourist attractions in London such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and the London Eye, with the importance of the accessible beaches of the Costa Almeria?  Or how can we rank the globally-renowned disabled accessibility of Germany compared with the joy of boarding a canal boat via wheelchair lifts or renting a specially adapted bicycle in Amsterdam?

After um-ing and ah-ing, to-ing and fro-ing, and twisting and turning, we are now ready to crown the resort with the accolade of “most accessible destination”.

A disclaimer first though: this is only an opinion, albeit an informed one.  All of the destinations that Enable Holidays supplies package holidays to have been audited for their suitability, meaning that the team is confident about sending customers to any one of the available destinations on offer.

So, with that out of the way, which resort do we rate as the most accessible holiday destination?

Drum roll please …

Benidorm!

It may come as a surprise to some, but this ever-popular holiday spot just overflows with disabled-friendly characteristics.

First of all, Benidorm’s accessibility throughout is second to none.  Hotels, bars, restaurants, shops and clubs welcome people with all levels of mobility, whether guests are wheelchair users or are simply slower to walk than other customers.

Then there’s the equipment hire, which is extensive.  While the wide, flat promenades are ideal for easy exploration, rental businesses offer electric wheelchairs, scooters and walking frames to help guests navigate the streets with ease.  As well as mobility aids there are also electric beds, rotundas, bathing accessories, and care available to ensure that guests have everything they require for a great and accessible holiday.

Benidorm’s beaches are also generally accessible, with ramped access and sometimes, even beach employees to help disabled people in and out of the emerald-blue waters.  Beach wheelchairs and beach-friendly walking sticks or crutches are available too, plus disabled changing rooms, and even an accessible beach library on one stretch of sand!

Honorary mention: Tenerife

Tenerife comes a very close second.  Las Vistas beach is manned by half a dozen Red Cross workers, plus there are water floatation buggies available, wooden walkways around the disabled area, and disabled showers.  All of Tenerife’s beaches are manmade, meaning that the initial waters are deliciously calm and gently sloped for easy access.

There also could be more accessible tours around the island than anywhere else in Europe, and these even include scaling Mount Teide, the island’s volcano and the highest point in Spain.

And lastly…

Have you had any great accessible holiday experiences?  Or have you encountered troubles you’ve struggled with or overcome while on holiday.  Maybe you would like to offer a more general perspective on life as a person with limited mobility?

If any of these things appeal to you, perhaps you would like to offer something to our blog?

Email us at info@enableholidays.com if you are interested!

Back to News & Offers

More information

View the Disabled Holidays BrochureView our
brochure
Order a Disabled Holidays BrochureOrder a brochure
by post
What our accessible travel customers sayWhat our
customers say
Sign up for the disabled holidays newsletterSign up for our
newsletter

Free to Explore

We’ve all the time in the world for you more

The experts at Enable Holidays understand accessible holidays inside and out (and back to front). We don’t just book you a holiday and hope for the best; we take the time to find out exactly what you are looking for and then use our expertise to create a holiday that’s tailor-made for you. This includes making arrangements for you at the airport (including adapted transfers), in your accommodation and around the resort. less

More choice for disabled holidays abroad more

We now offer more disabled holidays abroad than ever before. Destinations include Jersey, France, Holland, Poland, Czech Republic, Gibraltar, Spain, Sicily, Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Canary Islands (Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria), Portugal, Madeira, Greece and her islands (Corfu and Crete), Hungary, Belgium, Bulgaria, Malta, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Mexico, Turkey, Egypt, Ecuador, Vietnam, India, USA, and assisted living holidays in the UK. Enable Holidays is your first choice for wheelchair accessible holidays abroad. less

Accessible holidays for wheel-chair users and disabled people with limited mobility more

We’ve selected our accessible holidays for disabled people with a varying range of conditions, including arthritis, osteoarthritis, spinal injury, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke and limb amputation. The majority of our holidays are specifically chosen with wheelchair-users in mind, but we are also a preferred tour operator for many slow walkers, what we call "wobbly walkers", and older people with limited mobility. Our job is to make your holiday as accessible and comfortable as possible. less

The number 1 accessible holidays specialist for disabled people more

The holidays we provide are listed in a variety of different ways across the internet. You’ll see them described as disabled holidays, accessible holidays, wheelchair-friendly holidays, wheelchair accessible holidays and barrier-free holidays – to name just a few of the many variations. But whichever phrase you prefer, you can rest assured that the team at Enable Holidays will take great care and pride in selecting a holiday that’s just right for you and your mobility requirements. After all, we are the No1 Accessible Holidays Specialist for Disabled People, their Families and Friends! less

Accessible holidays for children with specialist needs more

No other travel company is more qualified than Enable Holidays for understanding the requirements of families with children who have special needs. We appreciate that the holiday should be a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing experience for every member of your party, so that’s why we take every care to ensure you have everything in place for the break you so richly deserve. This will naturally include assistance at the airport and on the airline plus the provision of an adapted room with accessible toilet, wheel-in shower and other disabled facilities - but could very well include additional requirements such as the hire of special mobility equipment, oxygen and specialist medical assistance - or even a professional carer. We’re here to do everything we can to make your holiday extra special for the special people in your life! less

The benefits of booking an accessible holiday with us more

The Enable Accessibility Audit covers 150 vital areas, including details on adapted rooms, wheel-in showers, door widths, pool hoists, adapted transfers and much, much more. All our prices are inclusive of flights with allotted baggage allowance, adapted transfers between airport and resort hotel, accommodation with GUARANTEED adapted room, bespoke holiday planning to meet your specific requirements, pre-booked equipment hire and excursions where available. less

Back to top Back to top