Looking for an Accessible Holiday? Come to Torrevieja
6th January 2022
Travel lovers come in all types, and – funnily enough – from all over the world. It’s a universal thing that humans share; exploring is in our DNA. And even though everything’s pretty much been discovered, travel experiences should be accessible for everybody.
But there’s no denying that most forms of public transport (in particular air travel) are either inaccessible, undignified, or sometimes even hostile to disabled people. Some destinations and activities are simply not equipped or adapted for disabled travel lovers – and the crucial information that can make or break a booking is often omitted from marketing material.
It can be off-putting, and make travel seem scary or out of reach.
Thankfully, there are places in the world where travel, adventure, and sightseeing are accessible to disabled people, older people, and plus size people. And we’re so happy that Torrevieja is one of those places – offering some of the best possible experiences for everybody who loves to travel.
What makes a holiday accessible?
An accessible holiday goes beyond the holiday accommodation, travel arrangements, airport assistance, and tours – and into the destination itself. Consider Venice, as an example: those infamous canals and tight, twisting walkways are difficult to traverse for most people, and are inaccessible to anyone with reduced mobility or balance.
A holiday experience in Venice – even with fully accessible accommodation and transport – would be vastly different for a wheelchair user or a blind person than it would for a non-disabled person.
That’s why, when considering accessible holiday destinations, the surroundings and everyday activities on offer should be included.
Is Torrevieja accessible?
The town itself is a mix of very old, non-wheelchair accessible parts – churches, ruins, rocks – and newer, more accessible areas. Many of the experiences on offer are the same for disabled and non-disabled people, but due to the town’s age, accessibility isn’t perfect. There are ways to explore the old areas, with assistance, but there’s so much to see and do besides that that you might find more joy lazing on the beach or eating tapas long into the night!
Some of the most accessible beaches in Spain
The Costa Blanca tourism board is extremely proud of the region’s accessibility efforts, with more than 50 beaches now barrier-free, with ramp access and further accessibility enhancements. And, as a result of these efforts, Torrevieja is regarded as having the most accessible beaches in the Valencian Community – including Los Locos Beach.
Crystal-clear waters and sumptuous sands are within everyone’s reach, and thanks to the shallow gradient of Los Locos Beach, it’s very easy to traverse by foot or with an adapted beach wheelchair.
Getting around: wheelchair access in buses and taxis
One thing that many non-disabled people rarely consider is the additional planning and the price premium that travelling as a disabled person can carry. Taxis are often the most convenient way to get around, but they’re more expensive and aren’t always accessible.
Torrevieja has some excellent taxi companies who cater to everybody, like Radio Taxi Torrevieja. Special requirements can be accounted for on making a booking and their rates are great – a solid local favourite and popular with visitors, too.
Buses can be a bit hit and miss – newer buses have great ground-level accessibility and wide walkways, while older ones don’t. It’s definitely cheaper to get around by bus if you’re travelling alone or as a couple, but you should allow a bit more time just in case you have to wait for an accessible bus. It can also help to Google your destination beforehand, and make sure there aren’t stairs or barriers that will get in your way.
Accessible activities and sightseeing
Beautiful beaches aside, there’s plenty to do in Torrevieja: great shopping days, bustling markets – and of course, food. Cafes, bars, and restaurants are generally great for accessibility, with perhaps a handful of exceptions, and shopping malls and markets are brilliant, too.
Read more – Shopping in Torrevieja
And if you’re looking for adventure, you’ve found it. Lo Rufete is a multi-adventure park in Torrevieja, where visitors can try out everything from ziplining and archery to horseback riding and paintballing.
Best of all, many of the activities are adapted for accessibility, like quad biking. Lo Rufete offers hand controlled quad bikes, opening the adventure experience up to many wheelchair users – and there are tandem options for tetraplegic people, or those with limited hand function and limb loss, too.
All in all, with so much effort made in recent years, the experience of an accessible holiday in Torrevieja should be a positive one. We’re proud of the area for being more open to everybody – because we think a place this great deserves to be shared by us all.
Visit Torrevieja – one of Spain’s most accessible holiday destinations
Book your stay in one of our accessible holiday apartments in Torrevieja, at LosLocosBeach.com – one of the most accessible beaches in the country. Get in touch to discuss your requirements, and we’ll find the best apartment for your needs.