Disabled Holidays Around Europe
A disability should not impede you from enjoying the occasional holiday. Fortunately, the tourism industry, aided by European regulations and funding, is getting better and better at ensuring accessible facilities for all.
Don't hesitate to book your holiday now. You could be jetting off to exciting places including...
The seaside city of Barcelona caters towards all visitors. Wheelchair users will be happy to hear streets are built with ramps to make crossing them easy. Many attractions, including the famous Park Guell are also accessible though do require a strong pair of helping hands to tackle the upward journey along many paths.
Sagrada Familia cathedral is accessible, as are the Barcelona Football Club Museum, and Picasso Museum.
Many city centre hotels offer accessible accommodation, but it is strongly recommended to book in advance to avoid disappointment as Barcelona can get very busy, particularly during the spring and summer months.
Germany's capital city is full of history and attractions worth experiencing. The local travel industry welcomes disabled visitors. To get around the big city, accessible taxis and buses are readily available.
One of the city's prized sights is the Bundestag or parliament building. Its stunning glass dome provides views across the sprawling city. Book your visit in advance to guarantee a space. You can also dine at the rooftop restaurant.
History buffs will appreciate a visit to the Mauer museum and Checkpoint Charlie, the old border-crossing between East and West Germany. The museum hosts exhibitions, lectures and movies on the country's somewhat recent history.
Other attractions you could be visiting include Alexanderplatz, Berliner Dom, and Brandenburger Tor.
Many chain hotels offer fully accessible rooms and facilities in the city centre.
Britain's second city was deemed a must-see city by the New York Times earlier in the year. Praised for its urban regeneration, the city has well and truly waved goodbye to its heavily industrial past. Birmingham is a great destination for anyone interested in the arts, nightlife and shopping.
It is also home to an array of accessible attractions.
Ikon Gallery is fully accessible for wheelchair users, and allows guide and hearing dogs. You can also arrange for a wheelchair for use on the spot. The gallery features regular, mixed media exhibitions from photography and film to paintings.
Shoppers will be pleased to hear the contemporary Mailbox centre is fully compliant with DDA regulations. Lifts are fully accessible with voice and Braille announcements. Shops include AllSaints, Jaeger, and Bang & Olufsen. You can also dine on the spot at restaurants like Cote, and Caffe Gusto.
Other destinations worth discovering include Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, and the Jewellery Quarter.
The central Garden Inn hotel in Birmingham boasts modern accessible rooms very close to the city's hive of activity, Broad Street, and is within close proximity of the Ikon Gallery.
About the Author:
Harvey McEwan writes to offer information and advice on a variety of areas, from booking a hotel in Birmingham to travelling further afield. View Harvey's other articles to find out more.