Wheelchair users know that great holidays involve planning ahead. Doing your research on accessible destinations, accommodation, airport transfers and activities is always well worth it! Lanzarote is a great choice for those with restricted mobility. With its vast history, stunning landscape and beaches, terrific sunshine and plenty of outdoor adventures, this Canary Island has a lot to offer –- whoever you are! Playa de los Pocillos is particularly wheelchair friendly. Its mile-long sandy beach and long promenade, packed with apartments, restaurants and hotels there’s plenty to see and do. Top tips include:
Staying in Playa de los Pocillos
Some resorts have enjoyed a makeover to ensure facilities are disability friendly. A popular choice is The Lanzarote Village Hotel. Refurbished in 2009, this modern development offers 211 bedrooms, 4 of which are for wheelchair users — with hoists, wheel-in showers and grab rails. Each room boasts a mini-fridge, satellite TV, internet access, private bathrooms and air conditioning. Large swimming pools and the sun terrace are all easy to access.
Los Jameos Playa is probably one of the best-known wheelchair friendly resorts. With specially adapted rooms, it is also known for its Finnish sauna, Wellbeing and quiet zone and glorious seafood buffet. Worth a visit even if you’re not staying!
Apartments Floresta are also close to the beach and have the option of half-board. Adapted apartments include one bedroom, wheel-in shower and grab rails, and a swimming pool with everything at your fingertips!
If you want 4* luxury, go for Sentido Lanzarote Aequora. Again, expect excellent wheelchair access with adapted suites, 5 swimming pools and a host of excellent restaurants. Speaking of food…
Eating in Playa de los Pocillos
Lanzarote is renowned for its fresh seafood. You can find speciality fish dishes in almost any restaurant however, finding public disabled amenities is not always easy. Many tourists find the major hotels easier to access which offer outstanding, local cuisine. Sentido Lanzarote Aequora has 3 excellent restaurants, notably Poseiden for seafood buffets and Don Paco for its a la carte menu.
Typical local must-try dishes include Pescado a la sal (fish cooked in salt), Papa Arrugadas ( sea-salt crinkled potatoes), Sancocho Canario (stew with dried fish and potatoes) and Gofio – a type of porridge that is served savoury or sweet. Don’t forget to taste the traditional Mojo sauce – Verde (coriander) or Rojo (paprika) which offer quite a kick!
Things to do
The promenade along the beach to Puerto del Carmen is great for wheelchair users . But one of the most popular wheelchair friendly attractions has got to be Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park. With a host of wildlife to see, outdoor activities, cemented walkways and a hoist for the swimming pool, this is a terrific experience for everyone, whatever age you are!
If you’re looking for an accessible and amazing holiday, put Playa de los Pocillos to the top of your list!