Accessible beach destinations in Europe

Accessible beach destinations in Europe

This summer, embark on a barrier-free journey to different coastal paradises in Europe. In this week's post, we suggest several destinations with golden sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and breathtaking landscapes, where you can undoubtedly enjoy facilities adapted for people with reduced mobility.

Algarve, Portugal

Algarve unveils its magic, delighting us with the beauty of its landscape, the authenticity of its fishing villages, and the paradise beaches that take our breath away. But it’s not just a natural treasure; it’s also a historical treasure, with monuments whispering stories of ancient civilizations that once inhabited these southern lands.

The Portuguese region attracts thousands of travelers each year and has embraced the diversity of its visitors. Nowadays, it offers a wide range of accommodations and services designed to provide comfort to people with reduced mobility.

Accessible beaches in Rocha, Carvoeiro, Luz, and Vilamoura are some of our favorites. You can read more about them in a previous post on our blog. We also recommend downloading our free guide with a five-day accessible itinerary and all the information you need about accessibility in the Algarve.

Costa Brava, Spain

The beautiful Costa Brava stretches from the charming municipality of Blanes to the picturesque Portbou. Here, nature becomes an artist, blending crystal-clear beaches, dreamy rocky coves, medieval villages that seem straight out of fairy tales, and protected parks that guard hidden treasures.

The entire Costa Brava is a feast for the senses, a visual symphony that leaves anyone who ventures to explore it breathless. Its spectacularity is such that even the genius of surrealism, Salvador Dalí, found inspiration in its Catalan landscapes for his works brimming with personality, complexity, and beauty.

In Blanes, the beach of the same name has a Blue Flag that certifies the quality of its waters and adapted services such as ramps, accessible bathrooms, and a beach wheelchair. In the charming Cala Rovira, in Castell-Platja d’Aro, you’ll enjoy 237 meters of length and facilities that include bathroom assistance, walkways, adapted bathrooms, and a beach wheelchair.

During your vacation on the Costa Brava, you can engage in water sports, explore lush gardens like the Marimurtra, and visit places of interest related to Dalí. Other accessible beaches like Lloret del Mar, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Begur, Palamós, Sant Antoni de Calonge, Roses, L’Estartit, and Portbou also await you.

Canary Islands, Spain

Let yourself be seduced by a unique paradise in the middle of the ocean. The Canary Islands await you with their volcanic charms, golden sandy beaches, and dreamy landscapes. Unlike other hotter places in Spain, their average temperatures hover around 25 degrees Celsius in the months of July, August, and September.

We highlight Tenerife since on our website, you can download a free guide that includes information on all its tourist attractions and accessible beaches.

Malta, Italy

Enjoy an accessible vacation in Malta with your partner, friends, or family. The archipelago offers options both on the main island, with its rich cultural and entertainment offerings, and on the tranquil island of Gozo. Its warm temperatures and sea breeze create a perfect atmosphere to relax and escape from routine.

Visit Malta provides a specific list of all the accessible beaches for people with disabilities. Some of the mentioned ones are Golden Bay and Ramla Beach. Additionally, on the website, you’ll find a contact for renting an adapted vehicle.

Split, Croatia

Split, the second-largest city in Croatia, boasts an exceptional old town and beautiful beaches bathed by the Adriatic Sea.

There are two coastal locations where accessibility and beauty intertwine harmoniously. The first leads to Žnjan Beach on the eastern part of Split’s coast. It has exclusive parking for vehicles with disability permits, two wide ramps, a special elevator, and available wheelchairs, among other amenities that guarantee an unforgettable experience.

The second captivating location is found on the northern slope of the Marjan forest park, near the recreational center of Bene. Here, you’ll find ramps with gradual slopes and other support devices, including an elevator that smoothly transports you to the crystal-clear sea waters. Furthermore, the beach offers sunbeds to enjoy the sun, adapted bathrooms, changing rooms, and vigilant lifeguards.

The capital of Dalmatia is crowded with tourists during the high season, so it’s true that if you want to enjoy cultural tourism, you’ll have a better experience between approximately October and May. September can still be a good month for swimming at the beaches.

Keep in mind that these destinations awaken passions and unleash the frenzy of travelers in search of the long-awaited summer getaway. Therefore, we recommend that you plan and book your vacation in advance. Our Concierge can assist you.

Tell us, which destination would you like to travel to this summer?

Sources: Visit Algarve, Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Girona, Marimurtra, Visit Malta, Visit Split


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