At On the Beach we know that perfect beach days look different to everyone. Is your sun, sea and sand best enjoyed with a cocktail in hand? Or are you more likely to be found splashing in the water? Whether you’re looking for family fun in the sun, or simply a relaxing stint on a sun lounger, everyone should have access to the beach.
And that really does mean everyone, including people who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids, and those with invisible illnesses. So forget worrying about facilities, we’ve picked out five of our favourite accessible beaches for you to discover.
Playa de las Vistas in Tenerife
Year-round sun and sparkling water make Tenerife beaches popular with holidaymakers of all kinds. For a really spectacular example of a beautiful Canarian bay, visit Playa de las Vistas. Nestled between the bustling resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas, this beach has it all – including sought after Blue Flag status. The sandy beach is fringed by a paved walkway that makes it easy to explore the shops, bars and restaurants along the seafront. There’s also an accessible sunbathing platform with a ramp down to the sea, as well as a manned lifeguard station for advice or assistance. Accessible toilets and a lowered outdoor shower complete the offerings here. All you have to think about is enjoying your day at the beach.
Rovinj Beach in Croatia
On the Istrian Riviera, to the south of Porec, you’ll find Rovinj. This pretty little town offers a marina and several pebbly beaches. Croatia’s fabulous summer temperatures and great food make this destination a tempting draw for sun seekers and foodies alike. Enjoy the views out to the small but perfectly formed island of Santa Caterina and beyond. If that wasn’t enough to get you packing your suitcase already, Rovinj’s main beach features a ramp for access into the clear waters of the Med, as well as adapted toilets for convenience.
Poniente Beach in Spain
Benidorm beaches are always a favourite with Brits abroad, and for good reason. Poniente Beach, and its twin sandy crescent, Levante Beach aren’t just stunning sun traps with a home-from-home atmosphere, though; they are also miles ahead of many holiday destinations when it comes to accessible facilities. With an access ramp, a walkway, an adapted toilet and changing room, your day at the beach on the Costa Blanca can be as relaxing as it should be. There are also amphibious crutches on hand, as well as three amphibious chairs available for adults, and one especially for children. Finally, lifeguards on duty during the day are a great source of information and support for all beach lovers.
Playa de Muro in Majorca
Playa de Muro is the soft-sand stretch of coast between Alcudia and Can Picafort in Majorca. This gently shelving beach is brilliant for families and people with reduced mobility alike. It’s the ideal spot for splashing in the shallows for all ages. If taking a dip is at the top of your beach day agenda, then amphibious chairs are also available during the summer season. Eight walkways along the bay make getting around a bit easier than on the sand, so all you have to do is pick your sunbathing spot and relax.
Mellieha Bay in Malta
Ah, Malta. The Mediterranean beauty that offers a historic capital city, chic nightlife and plenty of breathtaking beaches. And how does an 800m-long stretch of soft sand sound? It’s our idea of heaven. Mellieha Bay is one of Malta’s most accessible beaches, with gently sloping sand lapped by shallow water for about 50 meters out into the blue. There are also five walkways, three floating wheelchairs, two adapted toilets and plenty of accessible parking spots. It’s the perfect backdrop to your beachy escape.
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