Organising a holiday when you have a disability or for someone who has a disability may seem like an overwhelming challenge. Don’t despair, there are many resorts accessible to those with disabilities with a lovely warm climate just a short flight away.
Choosing the winter months to organise a holiday means avoiding the extreme heat and busy crowds of the summer months. What are you waiting for? Let’s start planning!
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Think really carefully about the type of holiday you desire; beach holidays may be more accessible than city breaks but planning ahead for trips and excursions means you won’t miss out!
- If you’re travelling by plane give the airline a call and be clear about your travel needs and important information about your disability or health that can help your travel time run smoothly.
- Whatever type of accommodation you have chosen, make a list of all the services or amenities necessary for your stay and contact the accommodation to clarify your needs before going ahead and booking. Make sure you keep a note of your requests so there’s no confusion upon arrival.
Madeira is a surprisingly wheelchair-friendly location despite what its mountainous perception may lead you to believe. Funchal, the capital, has many new buildings that have been designed with disabilities in mind, ramps feature widely across the city, easy access is available by using the island’s cable car braille and SPS services are available to those that need them. Resorts on the island offer accessible trails through some beautiful and highly photogenic areas of the islands as well as adapted tours.
The facts: Average winter temperatures – 18°- 20° | Average flight duration from the UK – 3.5 – 4 hours
Swimming & Sunbathing
How does soaking up the sun by the pool, rolling into the warm sea or sipping an umbrella drink in the lovely heat of Gran Canaria sound? With the island in close proximity to the Sahara Desert, the weather stays warm all year round. Maspalomas features a fully accessible beach with disabled toilets changing rooms and accessible restaurants. You can also explore the island by boat on one of the accessible boat cruises.
The facts: Average winter temperatures – 16° – 20° | Average flight duration from the UK – 3 – 4 hours
A Little Bit Further
A winter holiday in Cyprus enables you to explore many historic sites and picturesque landscapes comfortably without the extreme heat of the summer months. Many resorts across the island offer accessible excursions which you can book in advance and towns such as Paphos and Ayia Napa have new innovative Seatac systems which enable wheelchair users easy access to the sea as well as excellent restaurants right on the beach, specialising in Mediterranean cuisine.
The facts: Average winter temperatures – 17° – 20° | Average flight duration from the UK – 4 – 5 hours