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Accessibility in Turkey

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Curated by
Kristen Sachs
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Disability Horizons
Curated by
Kristen Sachs

Carrie-Ann, a wheelchair user and avid traveler, offers insight into a Turkish holiday she took with her friend Darren. And we’ll also pinpoint some of the more accessible features and areas of Turkey.

Carrie-Ann and Darren took a summer vacation to Oludeniz located on the Turkish Turquoise Coast. They stayed at the Turk Hotel which although not adapted for wheelchair users, Carrie-Ann was able to speak with the owner prior to arrival to ensure a ground-floor room was available. “Our room was small and basic but very clean, and the only access issue I had was the large step into the shower cubicle, which I managed to negotiate with some acrobatics,” shares Carrie-Ann.

Carrie-Ann and Darren started off their holiday with some relaxation. “During the day we soaked up the sun and dipped in the pool, which was level with the tiled floor so easy to slide into,” says Carrie-Ann. And when it came time to explore the sights of Oludeniz, the Carrie-Ann found it relatively easy to roll around the city. “The central village is fully pedestrianised and step-fee.”

One area that wasn’t so accessible, however, was the beach. While there was a walkway Carrie-Ann could wheel on, it extended only halfway to the water, which Carrie-Ann says was disappointing. Still, Carrie-Ann and Darren had a great time in Turkey and hope to return in the future.

Here are some additional accessibility tips for visitors:

  • “The Basilica Cistern, a cavern-like underground structure perfect for blazing hot days, has a wheelchair lift at its rear exit.”
  • “The ever-popular Bosphorus river cruises provide disabled accessible seating, whilst the Hagia Sophia temple and the Blue Mosque are within a kilometre of each other so the top sights of the city can be easily visited together.”
  • “The south-western coast and many of the Mediterranean and Aegean resorts are properly modernised and cater to all needs.”

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