Accessibility in Tenerife

Beyond any barrier

Accessibility in Tenerife

An island within reach of more people every day

We are all aware (although no one is more aware than the people affected and their families) of the difficulties that people with disabilities have to face in their everyday livesIn addition to the complications specific to each disability, there are physical and other barriers and limitations that still exist in our societies. What is the accessibility situation in Tenerife as far as tourism is concerned?

The fight for accessibility in Tenerife is a daily and constant work.

At the institutional level, the island authorities have been working for years to eliminate and reduce the difficulties faced by this part of society. In 1993, the Sociedad Insular de Promoción de las Personas con Discapacidad (SINPROMI) was created for this purpose. There is still much work to be done in this regard, but the situation has improved considerably in recent decades.

On the other hand, numerous private entities, companies and individuals in the tourism sector contribute their grain of sand to improve the conditions of what has come to be known as the “tourism sector”. “accessible tourism”.The company’s goal is to minimize architectural barriers and access to services wherever possible: accommodations, recreational areas, sports facilities, restaurants, etc.

Pedestrian walkways, beaches and puddles, viewpoints and trails, museums and exhibition halls and shows, stores and shopping centers, hotels, transportation and parking lots, bars and cafes, tourist offices, sports facilities… The list of adapted spaces grows day by day, gradually increasing accessibility in Tenerife.

Accessibility in Tenerife

Nature, Sports and Adventure

When we think of an accessible vacation in Tenerife, we immediately think of the possibility of getting to know its marvelous natural spaces. to know closely its wonderful natural spaces, unique and well preserved unique and well preserved. Sport and observation are two good ways to approach them.

The most notorious natural attraction of Tenerife are its beaches, and many of them, scattered along the coastline of the island, have access for people with disabilities.
Some specific places, such as Arona,
can boast of their efforts in this regard, with remarkable results (the longest adapted promenade in Europe, for example).

In the interior we can also find an accessible Tenerife with many viewpoints, recreational areas and some trails (not so many) to enjoy a day outdoors and to be able to immerse ourselves in nature. Outdoor activities such as hiking or stargazing are also available to tourists with disabilities in the Teide National Park. Teide National Park among many other places.

Other outdoor, sporting or adventure activities such as whale watching in the southwest. whale and dolphin watching in the southwest of the island , Jeep tours through the most jeep tours through the most hidden corners of the island or a good number of boat excursions are within the reach of everyone. Or, why not fly over the island by paragliding adapted to your needs.

  • Accessibility in Tenerife

    Accessibility in Tenerife
  • Accessibility in Tenerife

    Accessibility in Tenerife
  • Accessibility in Tenerife

    Accessibility in Tenerife

Accessibility in Tenerife

Culture and fun in the city and in the countryside

Cultural leisure(visits to museums or guided tours, for example) and family entertainment (with theme parks at the forefront) are another attractive possibility on our island, both in the larger cities and in rural areas.

The capital of the island Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the most attractive tourist centers of the island, as can be imagined. With the implementation of the latest accessibility plan, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the entire metropolitan area have seen an increase in tourism options for people with disabilities and reduced mobility. Access to museums, monuments, auditoriums and restaurants has improved significantly.

Another of the strong points of Tenerife’s tourism are its thematic parts, varied and very well equipped to delight visitors. Siam Park, Loro Parque or Jungle Park, among others, are adapted (to a greater or lesser extent) to welcome people with disabilities who want to enjoy them to the fullest.

And if you prefer to get away from the hustle and bustle… Accessibility in Tenerife is not a problem either. The pyramids of Güímar, the Candelaria Basilica, the botanical garden of Portillo or the auditorium of the University of La Laguna have adapted facilities that will allow you to live a completely satisfactory experience.

“Disability doesn’t define you, it defines you how you cope with the challenges that disability presents to you.” – Jim Abbott

Accessibility in Tenerife

An island for everyone

Would you like to do a wine tasting in a winery? Relaxing in a wellness center? Play a little golf? Visiting a shopping mall, or perhaps a local arts and crafts center? We have only just begun to delve into many of the options that exist on the island. As you can see, speaking of accessibility, Tenerife is an island that is always welcoming.

A very useful tool to learn more about accessibility in Tenerife is the web page Tenerife Accesiblewhere you can search for tourist (and non-tourist) facilities on the island and check their accessibility conditions, classified by their level of adaptation to the needs of people with disabilities (adapted, practicable, inaccessible).

There you will find almost everything you need to know about accesses, elevators, building interiors, public toilets, adapted or accessible itineraries… Also about accessibility regulations in Tenerife and many other interesting facts that may come in handy to prepare your visit.

If you were wondering whether Tenerife is wheelchair accessible before you started reading, we hope that’s clear: there’s still a long way to go, of course, but Tenerife is a very accessible holiday destination. In our list of specific activities you will find much more information about the different options open to you. So come and spend your vacations here and don’t let anything get in your way.

  • Accessibility in Tenerife (Loro Parque)

    Accessibility in Tenerife
  • Accessibility in Tenerife (La Laguna)

    Accessibility in Tenerife
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    Accessibility in Tenerife