Travel, Accommodation and Activities
Website links and information can be found in this post to help with Majorca Accessibility. Helping to make it easy for you to plan a comfortable stay before you travel to beautiful Majorca!
Everything being built in Majorca now is required by law to be accessible and ‘wheelchair friendly’. You have to bear in mind though that some older businesses (especially their toilets) do not yet conform. Many still do not have ramp access although things are improving; but slowly! So do your research and plan carefully before travelling.
One of the first questions on your mind if you have limited mobility is ‘how am I going to get around the island’?
The good news is you can hire cars, specially adapted taxis and mobility scooters once on holiday.
This article provides transport company details that help you get around Majorca and make the most of your time.
The first thing to decide is what you want to do while on holiday. Do you want a self-contained pool, do you want to go to the beach, do some sightseeing. Once you’ve decided this you have to look into options of wheelchair or adapted accommodation in your chosen location. Holiday companies specialising in disabled holidays are listed later in this article. There’s another page on this website about Majorca disabled sports.
Palma Accessible Beaches
Some areas of Majorca are better than others for gaining access to a beach when you have limited mobility.
There are a handful of accessible beaches in and around the Palma area. Cala Mayor, Can Pere Antoni, Cala Estancia, Ciutat Jardi and Platja de Palma are shown on the map here. All these beaches are equipped for wheelchair and mobility scooter access during the high summer season with wooden ramps.
Accessible Beaches just Outside Palma
The main Cala Mayor beach is to the West of Palma City in close proximity of Hotel Nixe Palace.
Ca’n Pere Antoini is 2 kilometres East of Palma Cathedral. Melia Palma Bay Hotel has facilities for disabled guests and is just across the road from Can Pere Antoini beach.
Ciutat Jardi beach just 2.5 kilometres East of Palma cathedral and has parking right by the beach
Cala Estancia beach which is part of the Playa de Palma ‘strip’ offers multiple hotel choices close to the beach. You are also well placed in this area to visit Palma Aquarium. Conveniently, there is a wide and long, flat walkway that stretches all the way from Palma City to El Arenal with Cala Estancia somewhere in the middle. It’s ideal terrain for wheelchairs and mobility scooters and extends for at least 12 kilometres.
Northern Majorca Accessible Beaches
Northern Mallorca offers much in terms of Mallorca Accessibility. Can Picafort is one such coastal resort with a Promenade walkway easily wide enough for wheelchair access. There is a dedicated area for you at Can Picafort beach with umbrellas. Also there are seats designed for moving around in the sand and in the water. ‘Easy Rider’ in Can Picafort hires out wheelchairs and mobility scooters too. If you’re staying in this area and want some variety, Son Serra de Marina 11 kilometres up the coastline has good accessibility and well adapted showers and toilets.
Eastern Mallorca Accessible Beaches
Sa Coma resort in Eastern Mallorca has a wide pedestrianised promenade lined with plenty of amenities.
Protur Sa Coma Playa Hotel and Spa in Eastern Mallorca is a good choice if you are a wheelchair user. This hotel offers two outdoor pools with disabled access plus a mobile hoist. Good value all inclusive board options also exist.
Mallorca South-East Accessible Beach
Cala Gran beach at Cala D’Or in South-East Majorca has a disabled ramp. Visit accommodation websites such as booking.com to search accessible accommodation in the popular area of Cala d’Or.
Cala Anguilla, an easy drive from Porto Cristo also in the East has a walkway and ramp.
Southern Mallorca Accessible Beaches
Colonia de Sant Jordi has a wooden ramp that skirts the beachfront and even takes you to the lighthouse. Do take note though that the coast is predominantly rocky around here with little sand on offer. Es Trenc is the nearest sandy bay, a beautiful naturally protected wildlife conservation area. Whether Es Trenc is an entirely suitable beach for wheelchair users is debatable. While it is true that the waters are suitably shallow, access from car park to beach is not as straight forward. Also there can be a very long tailback of cars in the high summer months just waiting to park.
Cabrera National Park
One fantastic advantage of staying in the Colonia de Sant Jordi area is that you can take a day trip to Cabrera National Park from Campos Port. Day trips over to the island of Cabrera are widely offered all over Colonia de Sant Jordi. It will be easy to pick up a leaflet in the area especially at any of the tourist hotels.
Accessible Majorca Swimming Pools
‘Best Swim Centre’ at Colonia de Sant Jordi has 10 lane 50 metre pool with full disabled access with an underwater viewing window plus video cameras.
Best Accessible Majorca Excursions
Cabrera National Park is a boat trip away from the Southern-East corner of Mallorca. Ramps and Elevators make exploring the visitor centre a pleasant experience. Watch a 3D film show to see what underwater-life is like and become acquainted with various marine species. Best of all Cabrera visitor centre offers free entry!
Palma Aquarium is wheelchair friendly. Although you may find the ground a little uneven in places. Admission into this major tourist attraction is a little steep too.
Specialist Majorca Accessibility Holiday Companies
There are plenty of hotels that comply in offering good Majorca accessibility. Not just hotels though, there are many luxury villas for hire that are adapted for wheelchair users.
Disabled Holidays are a company dealing with accessible accommodation in Majorca.
‘Disabled Access Holidays’ offers accommodation and can also give you ideas of what to do. All their Majorca holidays revolve around accessibility. Same goes for ‘Accessible Spain’ who offer tours in Palma and Valldemossa.
Enable Holidays offer complete Majorca accessibility holidays that you can tailor make to suit your needs.
Accessible Accommodation in Northern Mallorca
In the Port de Pollenca area of Northern Mallorca you have several accessible accommodation options.
Vista Bouquer self-catering apartments are designed with disabled access in mind. Also you can try The IPA Cevera Apartments.
If you are staying in the Pollenca area, try Pollença taxis
NON-ACCESSIBLE MAJORCA TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Although Majorca Accessibility is generally improving, there are still sadly some attractions that do not comply. The following are tourist haunts to avoid if you need disabled access.
It is also useful to know the tourist attractions and Majorca areas that are ‘non-starters’. In a nutshell this refers to Mallorca resorts and attractions that don’t address special mobility needs.
Palma Cathedral does not have wide access.
The tram that runs between Soller Town and Port de Soller is not wheelchair friendly
Accessible Transport in Mallorca
Majorca Accessibility is aided by the specific transport organisations listed below
Turisme @ Polibea
Ronda de la Avurada 3, 280043
Tel: 917 595 372
A good first advice stop for you if you are disabled and visiting Spain and The Balearics.
asprom is Mallorca’s main association for people with disabilities. Door to door transport is available
Specially Adapted Transport
Disabled person’s transport advisory committee:
Specially adapted Mallorca Taxis can be booked in advanced
Tel: 971 755 440
EMT can provide a special bus service
GENERALLY USEFUL DISABILITY INFO
Information about being in Spain with disabilities
Blind Travellers in Spain
Viajes 2000 c/Fornes 7, 07006, Palma
Tel: 902 107 243
Tel: 020 7250 3222
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