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Top Accessible Hotels in Algarve, Portugal
Algarve is an accessible tourist destination comprising 16 Portuguese municipalities. Due to its incredible scenic beauty and rich heritage inherited from ancient civilizations, more and more people travel there to discover Portugal’s past and take long baths on the coast.
The southern region has 48 accessible beaches with marked entrances, accessible parking for people with reduced mobility, accessible bathrooms and first-aid stations, walkways, lowered tables for wheelchair users and ramps. Some of these beaches include Rocha Baixinha (Albufeira), Monte Clérigo (Aljezur), Meia Praia (Lagos), Salema (Vila do Bispo), Quarteira (Loulé), Faro-Mar (Lighthouse), Manta Rota (Vila Real Santo António) and Praia Verde (Castro Marim).
Cities such as Faro, Lagos, Portimão and Tavira have devised accessible itineraries so everyone can visit the main tourist attractions. In addition, some urban public transportation systems have accessible vehicles to facilitate movement around the area.
Being an important tourist area, Algarve also has a wide range of accommodations that are accessible to the needs of travelers with reduced mobility. We take this opportunity to present our selection of the top accessible hotels.
Hotel Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas
Rua da Torre de Água, Lote 4.11.1.B, 8125-615, Portugal
Surrounded by picturesque gardens, the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Hotel has six large swimming pools with waterfalls so guests can enjoy a relaxing swim during their stay. It is only 25 minutes from Faro airport, and is also close to two golf courses in Vilamoura.
There is a 40 square meter apartment with an accessible room for people with reduced mobility located on the ground floor. The room boasts several accessibility features, such as a wide doorway, accessible hangers and an emergency cord.
The accessible bathroom has a walk-in shower with a seat and grab bars. The WC also includes fold-down grab bars on the sides.
Praia da Lota Resort
R. das Conchas, 8900-037 Manta Rota, Portugal
The Praia Da Lota Resort – Hotel is located just five minutes from the wonderful Lota beach in the town of Manta Rota, in the Portuguese parish of Vila Nova de Cacela.
The property is surrounded by gardens and has a private access to the beach. It also has outdoor swimming pools, a regional cuisine restaurant, a bar, a tennis court, a reading room and a treatment room.
The accessible rooms for guests with reduced mobility have a private terrace. Accessible bathrooms are equipped with a raised WC with grab bars on the sides, a walk-in shower with seat, a lowered washbasin, and an angled mirror.
Aquashow Park Hotel
Aquashow Hotel, Semino, E. N. 396, 8125-303 Quarteira, Portugal
The Aquashow Park Hotel is located 4 kilometers from the center of the town of Quarteira, next to a free water park with the stay.
The accommodation has swimming pools, a spa, bars, restaurant, gym, playground and game room, among other facilities.
The comfortable twin accessible rooms are ideal for a proper rest in the heart of Algarve. They are decorated with photographs of the park, in cheerful or relaxing tones, with two spacious single beds. In addition, the accessible bathroom has a walk-in shower with a seat and a WC with grab bars.
Hotel Vila Gale Lagos
R. Sophia de Melo Breyner Andresen, 8600-295 Lagos, Portugal
Vila Galé Lagos is located in front of a well-known beach in Lagos, Meia Praia. Its excellent location allows guests to easily go to the historic center of the city, the Marina de Lagos, the nearby beaches and the typical restaurants of the area.
This accessible four-star hotel has a fashion-inspired decor, therefore its common areas portray fashion show pictures. Its large and beautiful garden stands out with two swimming pools (one of them a children’s pool with slides), a park and a sports field. In addition, it houses three restaurants, two bars, a kids’ club, a business center, several event spaces, a gym and a spa.
The building has a total of 112 rooms (two are accessible) and 18 suites. The accessible rooms have bathrooms equipped with a WC with grab bars on the sides, a lowered washbasin, and a walk-in shower with seat and grab bars.
Vila Gale Ampalius
Alameda Praia da Marina, 8125-408 Quarteira, Portugal
The accessible four-star Vila Galé Ampalius hotel is located in front of the Playa de la Marina beach, in the Portuguese tourist town of Vilamoura. There are a variety of shops and restaurants, golf courses, the Casino and the Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila near the establishment.
Its outdoor common areas include a playground, a swimming pool and tennis courts. Inside it houses 357 rooms, two restaurants, two bars, a cafeteria and a spa perfect for relaxation.
There are five accessible junior suites, which are very spacious (50 square meters). The accessible bathrooms have a WC with grab bars and a walk-in shower with a grab bar and portable chair.
Vila Gale Nautico
R. de Vale do Olival, 8365-158 Armação de Pêra, Portugal
The Vila Galé Náutico is located in Armação de Pêra, a parish in the town of Silves, in the center of the Algarve region. Around the area, guests can bathe in beaches with calm waters, enjoy a sand sculpture festival, visit the Capela da Nossa Senhora da Rocha and observe the birds of the Laguna de los Salgados.
This accessible four-star hotel has a decoration inspired by the sea and water sports. Its beautiful, spacious and well-kept garden has a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a sports court, a park and several loungers where guests can comfortably sunbathe. In addition, it houses several dining options, a kids’ club, a spa, a paid garage, a kiosk and a business center.
The establishment has 233 rooms, three of which are accessible rooms. The accessible bathrooms have a walk-in shower with a grab bar and seat, a WC with grab bars on the sides (one fixed and one folding), a bathtub with a grab bar, and a lowered washbasin.
Vila Gale Tavira
R. 4 de Outubro, 8800-362 Tavira, Portugal
Vila Gale Tavira offers accessible accommodations in the heart of the small town of Tavira, the perfect place to revel in the charm of southern Portugal. You can visit the famous Medieval Castle (classified as a National Monument) and walls nearby.
The four-star hotel pays homage to the history of the region and has a clear Arab inspiration. It consists of 268 rooms, a restaurant serving Portuguese and international cuisine, two bars (one is by the pool), a kids’ club, a business center, and various spaces for events.
The three 23 square meter accessible rooms for guests with reduced mobility have accessible bathrooms equipped with a walk-in shower with a grab bar and seat, a WC with a folding grab bar, a lowered washbasin, a telephone and personal hygiene items.
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