Travelling in general can be a strenuous mission for even the most athletic of people, but for those with reduced mobility, it can be even more so. However, with the world becoming increasingly more accessible through the likes of improved public transport, the abundance of mobility scooters for sale and so much more, it is easier to travel now than it has ever been before. All across the globe, major cities and entire countries are adjusting to the needs of everyone and Portugal is certainly no exception. However, there are plenty of ways that reduced mobility travellers can make their travel from A to B so much easier too, so we’ve pulled together a few top tips to get you started.
When it comes to travelling to Portugal, everything from exploring cities to getting a tan on one of the stunning beaches isn’t quite as out of reach as you may first think, and a little planning certainly never goes amiss. While diversity and accessibility in Portugal is an important issue, it’s important to remember that the more planning you do, the easier your trip will be. Knowing what areas of a city or town to avoid can stop you getting stuck, and doing a little research into the wheelchair-friendly tours or those that require a limited amount of walking can help you see your destination without any stress or discomfort.
Book Hotels In Advance
Booking your hotel in advance can help you ensure that you get the room that you need. While many hotels within Portugal are well equipped with accessible rooms, booking in advance can give you that extra peace of mind. Besides, you could even find some great savings! The Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort gives you the opportunity to relax near the Falesia beach while being at one with nature near a pine forest, or the Aqua Hotel offers its guests elegance and a purely personalised service. For something family-friendly and full of fun, the Aquashow Park Hotel gives guests unlimited access to the waterpark with their stay, and with fully accessible activities, there’s nothing to stop those with limited mobility from joining in.
Consider Accessible Tours
While taking a tour might not be at the top of your wish list when you travel to Portugal, it could actually prove useful in helping you decide what to do for the rest of your trip. If you’re looking for something to do, why not jump on an adapted tour to Lisbon? You could discover the best of this historic destination from as little as 45€, or if you want a tour of all five of Portugal’s best cities, there are tours available from 85€! These tours give you the opportunity to see the best that Portugal has to offer through specially chosen and planned routes – and you’ll even find hidden gems that you’re prepared to revisit later on during your trip!
Don’t Be Afraid To Use Public Transport
Public transport in Portugal is still being adapted every day, but it’s very possible to get from A to B using their train system. Most stations have ramps and trains that are equipped with wheelchair lifts, specially equipped toilets and even separate seating areas for wheelchair users. Eurostar trains are all accessible, while most InterCity and some EuroCity trains are too. For those looking to drive, there are, as a rule of thumb, plenty of hand-controlled vehicles available through Hertz and Avis to hire!
Discuss Needs With Airlines, Hotels And Other Bookings In Advance
Finally, it’s a good idea to contact your airline, hotels and any other bookings you make in advance of travel so you can arrange any special requirements you might have. Whether it’s help getting from the plane to a taxi, or someone available immediately upon your arrival at the hotel, any requirement can often be filled by the staff if you give them plenty of time to organise something. In most cases, the requirements will already be available when you call, but giving them advance warnings will work out in your favour!