It may not feel like it yet but summer is coming (we promise). Accomable recommends the top accessible summer holidays.
We asked accessible travel expert, Srin Madipalli, Co-founder and CEO Accomable (www.accomable.com) – the ‘Expedia for anyone with a disability’ – to share his tips on where to go this summer:
Best for an accessible city break
People are often surprised at how accessible Barcelona is. I love Barcelona! The tourism board have injected a huge amount of money into ensuring the city is accessible and it really shows – pretty much all of the museums are wheelchair friendly, there are accessible paths along the beach; and it’s easy to get around. I recommend staying at MICs Sant Jordi – a favourite with our customers – for its excellent accessible facilities, great value price, and easy access to the metro system (which is accessible) but there’s plenty of options out there.
That said, Amsterdam is also great, with lots of fun accessible activities on offer, from accessible canal boat rides to specially adapted bikes so you can explore the city like a local. Many of Amsterdam’s famous museums, including my favourite, the beautiful Rijksmuseum, are also accessible.
Best value accessible stays this summer
There’s no denying the pound is sinking against the Euro, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your summer holiday. Destinations like Portugal, Greece and Spain still offer excellent value, with a cold beer and alfresco meal costing as little as half the price of back home.
Villas and self catering accommodation are often the best value if you’re travelling with family or friends, and if you know where to look, you’ll find places with lovely pools (complete with pool hoist).
If you’re really looking to save, it’s worth thinking outside the box (by which we mean outside the Eurozone!). Destinations like Poland and the Czech Republic have beautiful countryside, buzzy cities and low prices, as well as some lovely accessible places to stay.
Best for a UK staycation
This is hard to choose! There are tonnes of great accessible places to stay in the UK if you know where to look, from an accessible city break in London to a week away in the country.
If you’re looking for something that’s a bit different, there are lots of fun, accessible options out there. You could try sleeping in a yurt on an accessible glamping holiday in Dorset? Or head off in an ‘offroad wheelchair’ to explore the Peak District? Or why not rent out a fully adapted canal boat?
For activity breaks, I love the Calvert Trust, which has something for everyone. And there are some great accessible activityoperators out there too, where you can learn anything from accessible surfing to accessible sailing.
If you want to treat yourself to some luxury, there are some gorgeous accessible stays here in the UK. I love this eco-log cabin near Shropshire – a great place to savour long summer nights on the terrace. And the Calf Shed, a brilliantly adapted designer pad in the midst of the Wiltshire countryside, is high on my wish list this year.
All the properties above can be booked at Accomable either by visiting their website (www.accomable.com) or giving their customer
service team a call on 0203 409 6773
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