Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal
Photo by: Orsolya Ganzler (Stock Exchange)

It’s good to have you back again at Disabled Travelers!

With our “best places to retire” series fading into the sunset, it’s time to get back in gear for our signature access guides around the world.

Our next destination is Portugal, Spain’s neighbor with a proud seafaring tradition and plenty of beautiful coastline.

There’s a reason this sunny country is one of the Top 20 most-visited destinations on Earth, and it’s about time for disabled travelers (and travel companions, of course) to take in the sights.

It’s always a good sign when a country has a well-developed, multilingual accessible tour operator. Portugal does not disappoint, with Accessible Portugal offering a full range of custom itineraries including long tours, short tours, and city breaks for you to choose from. Adventure tours and cruises are also in the offing, and Accessible Portugal can handle your wheelchair rental and disabled hotel needs. Accessible Portugal really does have a complete set of services and a very impressive site. Check out the photo gallery!

Say you’re not using a tour operator for your Portugal trip. If so, you should definitely find a reputable wheelchair rental service. Mobility Abroad has you covered with services throughout Spain and Portugal. You can book online before you go, getting seven days of service for the price of six. Mobility Abroad claims to have Europe’s biggest network, and can deliver your equipment wherever you care to start your journey.

Speaking of long-term trips, some disabled travelers might want to enjoy the whole summer through on the Iberian Peninsula – after all, who wouldn’t? If this describes you, visit Choose Portugal’s wheelchair accessible holiday listings for an idea of what’s out there. Many villas include a private pool, and the site distinguishes itself with built-in functionality to email property owners and ensure your specific needs will be met. A new contender, Access At Last, also has some quality Portugal vacation home listings. For short-term disabled hotels and villas, drop by Enable Holidays.

Finally, for general information on accessible attractions and accessibility conditions throughout Portugal, try Visit Portugal, the official tourism website. Its disabled access Portugal page provides a strong overview of what you can expect, including information on the 75 beaches adapted for use by wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. Plus, you can browse to learn about local culture, events, and accessible attractions.

Next week it’ll be time for Disabled Travelers’ July News Round-Up! See you then!


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