For those who are disabled, holidays often take a lot of research and planning. You want to make sure the places you’re visiting have all the right features and facilities you need so that you can have the best time possible. Luckily, Costa del Sol not only ticks off your relaxation requirement, it also has a high number of beaches that are sensitive to the needs of the disabled. Holidays including trips to easily-accessible and safe beaches are simpler to create than you may think – so start covering yourself in sun cream because Costa del Sol has you covered.
- La Misericordia, Málaga – Blind and deaf beach-goers will love La Misericordia, a beach in Málaga that has special services for the seeing and hearing impaired. Those in wheelchairs will also be able to play in the sand and swim in the sea, with the help of adaptations such as amphibious crutches and seats. Volunteers are always around to help anyone in need and three monitors are in place to make the beach safe and fun for all.
- Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena – With a plethora of aids to help wheelchair users, including a gangway ramp to get to the sea and amphibious chairs and crutches, Arroya de la Miel is one of the most disability-sensitive beaches out there. They’ve even made sure that the section of beach that is closest to the first aid post focuses on helping swimmers who are disabled.
- La Cala, Mijas – Those with reduced mobility will be amazed by the diverse range of facilities La Cala provides for the disabled, their most impressive being a service that offers personalised swimming support.
- El Bombo, Mijas – El Bombo is one of the most inclusive beaches in Spain. It has a swimming area secured with buoys and nets, amphibious crutches and seats, a personal swimming support service and handrails and ramps for those with reduced mobility.
- Burriana, Nerja – With wheelchair ramps, amphibious crutches and seats, and visual and hearing aids, this beach is Burriana makes accessibility for people of all needs their primary mission.
When you are disabled, holidays (and especially beach-inclusive holidays) can be difficult to sort out. Hopefully this list of beaches perfect for those with special physical needs will make your life a little bit easier and your next trip a lot more fun – after all, can you really say you’ve been to Costa del Sol if you haven’t had spent some sandy time relaxing in the sun and swimming in the sea?
Top Travel Tip: If you or someone you are travelling with has a physical disability, you may want to consider using a tour operator who specialises in holidays for the disabled. They can organise the perfect accessible transport, accommodation and give fully accessible itinerary recommendations to suit your specific needs. With all that out of the way, you can focus on making the most of your well-deserved holiday.
Philip Scott is the owner and founder of Can be Done, a fully licensed UK tour operator specialising in disabled holidays across the world for individuals and groups who are travelling with a handicap. With over 31 years’ experience organising long and short breaks for disabled travellers, Philip has built a reputation for helping his clients select hotels and accommodation that offer high standards of accessibility to ensure that those with special needs can experience truly relaxing and carefree holidays.