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Accessible Accommodation: Top Destinations

What to Look for in Accessible Holidays

If you're looking for accessible holidays due to mobility issues or simply planning trying to plan a holiday with toddlers or infants requiring strollers, there are many factors to consider. For example, ensure your holiday base is within easy reach of shops, beaches, restaurants, and activity centres. Reduced-mobility holidaymakers perhaps needing to use walking aids or wheelchairs can seek out barrier-free holiday accommodations in destinations that have done a competent job keeping your needs in mind.
The Most Accessible Holiday Destinations

The Most Accessible Holiday Destinations

To enjoy memorable accessible holidays in the UK and overseas, it's vital to check out the full details on accommodations and feel absolutely ask for more information if necessary. In terms of where to go, these cities tend to offer more accessible holidays than most:

  • London

    The UK capital city has loads of features to make it accessible for wheelchair users and other travellers with limited mobility. Ramps are a common feature of many shops, museums, attractions, and restaurants and cafes. This makes it far easier to get around, but it's also important to book accommodation that is accessible and furnished with any equipment or special fittings you require.

  • Barcelona

    If you're looking for an accessible city break in warmer climes, you won't go far wrong when you opt to explore the Spanish city of Barcelona. The city prides itself on being accessible-friendly, particularly for wheelchair users wanting to head out into the streets and learn more about the welcoming, Spanish culture.

  • Costa del Sol

    The Costa del Sol is another Spanish holiday destination that can offer an ideal sun, sea, and sand break for individuals with disabilities or families with young kids in tow. If you're thinking about booking accessible holidays in the Costa del Sol region, it's important to check out the surrounding localities. Many local resorts are quite hilly, although great public transport links in towns like Benalmadena can make it easy to get around.

  • France

    There are plenty of accessible holiday destinations in France. Check out the small print for any accommodation prior to booking, to make sure all your needs are met. Just so long as all your transportation needs are met during flights, train journeys, or coach trips to France, you can enjoy holidays in French beach resorts such as Nice, Canet Plage, or Carnac. With long beachside promenades for easy wheelchair access, and free wheelchairs for the beach, there are lots of beautiful French resorts that are easy to access at any time of year. Online, look for the entire listing of wheelchair accessible beaches, called FrenHandiPlage, to discover more.

These are the most wheelchair-friendly cities in Europe - HomeToGo
Ranking the best spots in Europe for accessible holidays

These are the most wheelchair-friendly cities in Europe

Are you looking for a wheelchair-friendly destination for your next city break? Travelling to a new city can be an exciting experience, with the chance to explore new territories, try new cuisines and soak in some culture.


For those with accessibility needs, there are many additional factors to consider on a city break such as finding suitable transport or wheelchair-friendly tourist attractions. Perhaps the most important thing is finding the right accommodation. Winding apartment staircases, narrow corridors and small rooms can make it difficult for people with mobility issues to feel at home when on holiday.  


To help find the perfect choice for your city break, HomeToGo has uncovered the most wheelchair-friendly cities in Europe. For the study, we studied every major city in Europe (with 500,000 inhabitants or more). We used our own data from over 17 million rentals to create a short-list of the European cities with the most wheelchair accessible accommodations. Our guide will help you to easily plan the perfect accessible holiday - and find the perfect place to stay.



Key Findings

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Bucharest is Europe’s most accessible city - 11.4% of properties here are wheelchair accessible, around 4% higher than the average level for Europe

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In comparison, just 3.2% of the accommodation options in Copenhagen are wheelchair-friendly

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The UK has the highest number of cities that ranked, with a total of 5 in the top list

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The average proportion of wheelchair-accessible properties across Europe is 7.7% - there is still a long way to go in improving accessibility

The 20 Most Wheelchair-Friendly Cities in Europe

Rank
City
Country
% Wheelchair Accessible Properties
1
Bucharest
Romania
11.40%
2
Sofia
Bulgaria
10.41%
3
Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
10.20%
4
Barcelona
Spain
9.80%
5
Naples
Italy
9.66%
6
Vienna
Austria
9.43%
7
Vilnius
Lithuania
9.38%
8
Glasgow
UK
9.37%
9
Birmingham
UK
9.05%
10
Warsaw
Poland
9.04%
11
Berlin
Germany
8.98%
12
Rome
Italy
8.91%

In Pictures: The Best Accessible Tourist Attractions in Europe

Cișmigiu Gardens: Bucharest

Sagrada Familia: Barcelona

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral: Sofia

Austrian National Library: Vienna

How we produced this guide: 

HomeToGo's offer data was used to identify a long-list of European cities with 500,000 or more inhabitants. From this list, we found the 20 European cities with the highest percentage of properties classified as ‘wheelchair-accessible’. Data was gathered on the 19th February 2020. 

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