The best places for an accessibility friendly holiday


Some countries are better than others when it comes to accessibility. Some make a commitment to making themselves accessibility friendly, while others devote attention elsewhere. Holidays should be your opportunity to relax and enjoy some quality time with your loved ones. Choose a destination that is accessibility friendly so you can make the most out of your holiday.

Here are the best places to go on an accessibility friendly holiday.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona has won awards for its commitment to inclusive tourism. There are plenty of tourist attractions connected by a fantastic public transport network. You can use access points across the city for ramps, lifts, flatter pavements and accessible transport. You can take boat tours, taxis, cable cars and metro stations all over the Spanish city. 

Barcelona features the stunning work of Gaudi at the Sagrada Familia Church and a wonderful Medieval Quarter housing a gothic cathedral. If you like art and architecture, Barcelona is the place for you. 

One of the best parts of Barcelona is that it’s only a two-hour flight from the UK. Catch a quick flight to one of Europe’s most accessible cities and indulge in the local culture. 

Sydney, Australia

The Australian city is making improvements to become a disability-friendly destination. Sydney has over 2,000 tactile and braille street signs. They offer an Accessibility Map to help you find access points in the city and any barriers like stairs or steep inclines. Pay a visit to the Sydney Opera House or stroll along Bondi Beach. 

Australia is a very long flight from the UK. Some airlines offer more accessibility options like spacious toilets and seats. Do your research and look into how you can have the best flight possible. 

Stratford Upon Avon, UK

Stratford Upon Avon is Shakespeare’s birthplace and is a disability friendly area. The Royal Shakespeare Company has tried to make the town as accessible as possible. They have sign language translation, audio description, an induction loop amplification system, infra-red headsets and more. The public transport system and taxi service in Stratford are also accessible. Make sure to check out the Garrick Inn and enjoy a wonderful Sunday roast. You could hire an accessible vehicle to explore the English countryside surrounding Stratford. 

San Diego, US

San Diego is home to some stunning beaches and sightseeing tours. There are plenty of accessibility points for visitors, including free beach wheelchairs and theatres with infra-red audio assistance, ASL translation and audio-described performance. Most places allow service animals, like guide dogs, too. 

Cities and towns across the world are trying to be more inclusive and disability-friendly. Unfortunately, not every destination has the same attitude, and some locations are not accessible for everyone. Always do your research and choose a destination that prioritises your needs.