Enjoy Sunny, Accessible Tenerife

7.11.2016
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Tenerife has been a popular holiday destination for many wheelchair users for multiple reasons. Not only does Tenerife boast a warm climate all year round, surrounded by beaches and sea for you to bask in the sun, the environment is also well-suited for wheelchair users. 

Martin Sibley is a frequent traveler to Tenerife. He has been visiting it for the past 15 years, and does not plan on stopping anytime soon.

In addition, the warm weather is beneficial for his health. Martin often experiences chest pains and infections caused by the cold during wintertime due to Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the warm environment in Tenerife is helpful. 

Besides that, Tenerife caters well to people with disabilities. Dropped curbs and ramps are not an uncommon sight in the streets of Tenerife, and shops and restaurants also provide enough wheelchair access. You can find hotels that cater to accessibility, too. One hotel in particular, the Mar y Sol hotel, is specifically designed for people with disabilities.

However, what is truly amazing in Tenerife is its beaches, and the accessibility you can find there.

In Las Vistas, there is an area in the beach especially for wheelchair users. Wooden boards are installed for wheelchair users to get on the beach, and amphibian chairs are provided to help you into the water. The lifeguards on duty are extremely helpful as well. While you are waiting on the boardwalk, they will bring the amphibian chair over for you. Then, two lifeguards will roll you down to the beach and guide you into the water. They will only leave once they have ensured that you are safe in the water, and all of this is done with a bright smile on their faces.

There is truly no better way to escape the cold by basking in the warmth of the sun and enjoying the fresh, sea salt air in Tenerife.

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