Accessible/Limited Mobility Tourism in Tenerife

Mon, November 15th, 2010 - By Meryl

My friend Kevin is diabetic and as a result has had both legs amputated.  Going on holiday for him is a major planning project. The airlines need so much information weeks ahead of his flight and even then get it wrong.  The hotels have to have specially adapted rooms so he can freely move around with his wheelchair and the showers can cause problems if the floors are too slippery.  How do you get back up if you fall with no legs (the incident as he described it had me in fits of laughter).  But that’s the sort of guy he is, he sees humour in all things so nothing will stop him even if it takes weeks to sort out his holiday.

Out of all the places he has visited, Tenerife is top of his list for disabled holiday-makers. I had seen lots of steps being removed in the Las Américas area and being converted into ramps and had spotted the boardwalk down to Las Vistas beach and the wheelchairs with huge ‘beach-ball’ type wheels for getting people down to the sea, but I hadn’t really thought about how this group of holiday makers managed until Kev.

As far back as 1993 the Cabildo de Tenerife (Tenerife Government) established the Society for the Promotion of Disabled People on the Island, which attempts to integrate everyone into society.  They have a list of public and private areas, beaches, theme parks, hotels, etc. which allow those with limited mobility to enjoy themselves.  From its website you can obtain information on access conditions to establishments with specially adapted facilities.  Although the text is in Spanish it is colour coded Green for no restrictions, Yellow for the ones that are practicable with help and Red for those that are inaccessible. This makes it very easy to understand even without knowing the language. Run your cursor over the map and select an area, there is no need to be specific as to what you are looking for, just hit the Buscar (search button) and a whole host of activities, places to stay, bars etc. will be displayed.

Transport is another area covered and includes contact details for suitable taxis, car rental companies and of course Titsa, the island public bus service, are slowly introducing new buses with electric ramps to make it easy for wheelchair access.

Tenerife South airport also offers first class assistance (the best in Europe according to Kev) so for those who require it, request assistance at least 48 hours before flight. You can find all the details here.

As those of us who live here know, Tenerife offers all kinds of options for enjoying your holiday and can be a barrier free paradise for those with limited mobility.

Posted : Monday, November 15th, 2010 at 1:04 pm
Category : towns & resorts
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2 Responses to “Accessible/Limited Mobility Tourism in Tenerife”

  1. islandmomma says:

    Returning from UK a couple of weeks ago I sat next to a doctor, who regularly comes out to help back patients who have been injured or taken ill whilst on vacation. He said pretty much the same thing, which was reassuring, and he had particular praise for the services at Tenerife South Airport. He only had a few words of Spanish too, so that meant even more.

    BTW have seen a wheelchair basketball player recover from a fall, and it was just awesome. Put things in perspective!

    • Jack says:

      I was in Los Cristianos the other day and saw some specially designed taxis labelled ‘Taxis para todos’ – I’d never seen these before and certainly hadn’t seen them anywhere else on the island. Arona’s approach is to be applauded.

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