Guest post: Balearic bliss for disabled travellers
With a flight time of under three hours, all the travel information you could need available at the click of a mouse, and resorts that have been geared up to cater for Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza holidays for decades, the Balearics should be the perfect destination for a sunny escape.
Add a wheelchair or mobility issues to your list of things to consider before you travel and it doesn’t have to complicate matters: read on to find out where to head for hassle-free accessible holidays in this Spanish island group.
The UK is ahead of the game when it comes to recognising the challenges faced by disabled people every day of their lives. Though some areas of Continental Europe have not quite such a positive story, the good news is that there are several specialist tour operators out there who are well-versed in catering to travellers with disabilities. From lively Ibiza holidays to tranquil Menorca escapes, if you search around you’ll find there are accommodation and resort options in the Balearics that should meet your requirements.
The lively former fishing village of Cala Millor on the northeast coast of Majorca is a relatively flat resort, and offers perfect location for families with shallow waters and plenty of sun beds and parasols. Accommodation on Mallorca is often rated as particularly good for bathroom facilities, with hotels at Santa Ponsa and apartments in Puerto Pollensa available with good-sized wetrooms, hoists and shower chairs.
For those who like to party in style, Ibiza holidays can be found in plentiful supply. Modern and young at heart, this is the island to dance until the sun comes up. Super club Space is a mecca for clubbers from around the world. Besides being one of the greatest places on earth to dance to top DJs, all of its main areas are wheelchair accessible. You’ll find the same excellent accessibility standards at Privilege. There are also plenty of beaches that can be easily reached by wheelchair, such as Cali Moli or Cala Gracio, near San Antonio.
The quieter idyll of Menorca is blessed with several accessible hotels and self-catered options for disabled travellers. Cala’n Bosch is a good place to head, whether you’re after pampered luxury at a four-star resort, or a spacious self-catered apartment where you can plan your own time accordingly. The peaceful marina here and nearby historic centre of Ciutadella are perfect for a more leisurely break. There are also hotels catering for mobility issues in the resort of Cala’n Forcat, but this is a slightly busier area and may not be suitable for those after a quiet retreat.
As with many holidays, you may wish to order equipment such as mobility scooters and wheelchairs for hire at the time of booking, as some island facilities are limited. Menorca in particular has fewer bathroom facilities readily available so this may be worth bearing in mind if choosing between destinations.
Images by Philip Larson and Ian Kirk, used under Creative Comms license
By Jennifer Makar (a digital nomad who hails from East Anglia and has been working her way around North Africa and Europe for the last two years)
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