Accessible Tenerife

Accessible Tenerife

Have you ever been to Tenerife? Co-editor Martyn Sibley talks about his time there, the sun, sea, sand and accessibility.

I’ve been going to the beautiful island of Tenerife for many years now and for a number of reasons.

In terms of ‘disability specific’ factors, well, firstly it has given me a large winter boost of sunshine. Having Spinal Muscular Atrophy means I am unable to do very much at all physically, but with the right support I can live a happy and fulfilled life.

The only thing to be careful of is the cold and chest infections caused by it. Therefore, being able to grab a week of 25 – 30 degree sun has often prevented me suffering from weakness in the cold and staying well.

Beyond my improved health, I really look forward to a week away with friends, family and having lots of fun. The hotels, streets and beaches cater well for wheelchair users. The Mar y Sol hotel is made for disabled people, but others do cater too. The streets have dropped curbs and ramps where necessary. The shops and restaurants can always be improved, but enough provide wheelchair access. Meanwhile, the beach has an area especially for wheelchair users in Las Vistas, near Playa de las Americas.

Take a look at my video blog from a recent trip:

I’m not the only one who loves Tenerife and the accessibility it offers. Just take a look at this video from one keen Tenerife holiday maker enjoying the accessible beaches and amphibian chair to get into the sea:

By Martyn Sibley

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We want to ensure that all Disability Horizons readers have as much accessibility information about their chosen destination as possible. So, if you have a trip to tell us about, get in touch by emailing us at, messaging us on Facebook, tweeting us @DHorizons or leaving your comments below.