Discover the Accessible
The Portuguese region of Algarve amazes with the beauty of its landscape, its fishing villages and its famous paradisiacal beaches. In some corners there are also monuments that keep the heritage of the ancient civilizations that once populated the south of the country.
This destination receives thousands of tourists every year, so it has been able to adapt to the different needs of travelers. It currently has a wide range of accommodation and services for people with reduced mobility.
Start your trip in Tavira, one of the most charming cities in the Algarve Region. The pavement of its historical district has irregularities, but it is possible to take an accessible tour and explore its tourist attractions.
Visit Portugal suggests visiting Praça da República first, surrounded by cafes where you can have a delectable regional dessert and coffee.
Next to the square, you will find the Gilão river and bridge of Roman origin. From there you can see the typical architecture of the houses of the Algarve. Nearby, you will also find the Jardim do Coreto and the Mercado da Ribeira, both accessible sites where you can feel the lively atmosphere of the city.
Next, go to the capital of Algarve, El Faro. The Visit Portugal website recommends an accessible tour of the city beginning at the famous Jardim Manuel Bivar central square. On the opposite side is its marina, barrier-free for wheelchair users.
From here you can head towards the Rua de Santo António pedestrian street, where there are plenty of shops and restaurants. Some entrances may have steps, but in general, their surroundings are accessible.
Two and 2.5 kilometers away, respectively, visitors will find the Igreja de São Pedro and the Igreja de Carmo, both decorated in the Rococo and Baroque styles. As specified in Visit Portugal, the first has a staircase at the entrance, while the second is partially accessible (except for the Chapel of Bones, which has steps and a narrow corridor).
Lastly, explore historic Lagos. The Visit Portugal official website suggests starting the tour with a visit to the Forte da Ponta da Bandeira, a place that was built in the 17th century to defend the city from invaders who entered from the sea.
Nearby you can circulate through the Porta de São Gonçalo and Castelo dos Governadores. The Praça do Infante is also accessible. You can also buy souvenirs and stroll through the Municipal Market of Lagos.
As indicated by Visit Portugal, the city has several accessible beaches: Batata, Luz, Porto de Mós and Meia Praia (the last three offer an amphibious chair). We recommend visiting Praia da Batata and approaching the tunnel that gives access to Praia dos Estudantes. Take a picture next to the spectacular rock formations.
To get to know Ponta da Piedade we suggest you take a boat tour. Actual Boat Trip offers this accessible experience for people with reduced mobility. However, you are free to choose the services of a different provider in the Port of Lagos.
It is essential that during your trip you can adequately move to all the places you want to visit. Therefore, do not forget to take a look at this list with information on transportation and rental of mobility equipment.
- Comboios de Portugal. Access to customers with special needs in rail transportation.
- Próximo. This Faro-based company has accessible buses with lifting platforms and reserved spaces.
- Auto Faro. Accessible taxi service for people with reduced mobility.
- Taxi Transfers Pinheiro. Accessible vehicle for the transportation of passengers with reduced mobility at Faro Airport.
- Delgaturis. Accessible tourist train serving the Algarve area.
- Albufeira Mobility. Scooter and wheelchair rental. Delivery anywhere in the Algarve.
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