Matagorda, Lanzarote

Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote

I visited Lanzarote for the first time this month. After spending some time adapting back to British weather, I wanted to share my experiences here!

I decided to go to Lanzarote after hearing from a few people that it’s a really accessible place to visit. Going somewhere new when you have a disability or chronic illness can be really daunting, so I’ve split my post into sections to help you find the information you need if you’re thinking of visiting yourself!

Travel

My experience of airport special assistance has generally been pretty good, and it was the same for this trip with both Newcastle and Lanzarote airport. I kept my own chair with me until I boarded the plane. You can either choose to do this or use one of the airport’s transport chairs for going through security and getting to the gate.

We had booked the airport transfers through our accommodation, but there are many companies offering adapted transfers including Lanzarote Taxi. The transfer was great, we were met at Arrivals and taken to a mini bus which had a lift and multiple wheelchair spaces inside.

Accommodation

We chose to stay at the Nautilus Lanzarote apartment complex as they advertised adapted apartments with great reviews on TripAdvisor.

Enjoying the weather at the Nautilus Lanzarote

The complex itself is beautiful, fully accessible via ramps and has works of art on display everywhere. There is also a pool with a hoist and a small shop accessible via a lift.

The staff were really friendly and went out of their way to ensure our experience was as accessible and comfortable as possible.

 

Our apartment was one of the forty-seven adapted apartments in the complex. It had a brilliant wet room, with everything designed to make it easy for those with mobility issues to use. There was a shower seat and raised toilet seat provided.

In the kitchen, all the sides were at a lower height and had space underneath so that wheelchair users could use the sink, cooker and bench space with ease.

The only thing that I would point out about the complex is that some of the apartments are only accessible via some quite steep ramps. I needed assistance to get up these so would’ve struggled to go out alone in my manual chair.

Activities

 

Riding along the promenade, Matagorda

I was able to rent a mobility scooter through our accommodation, which I’m really glad I decided to do. Whilst the promenade alongside the beach is flat, it goes for miles; so the mobility scooter allowed me to travel further than I would have been able to in my manual chair. I was also able to tackle tougher terrain than my manual chair can handle. There are multiple companies which do mobility equipment hire in Lanzarote including Mobility Scooter Lanzarote and Island Mobility.

 

We also decided to do a tour through Lanzarote Experience Tours, which was an amazing experience. We visited Timanfaya National Park, where you can do a tour around the volcanoes and the visitor centre where they do demonstrations. There is usually an adapted tour bus available, however this was unfortunately broken at the time of our visit. We were allowed to tour the area in the guide’s small mini bus as an alternative.

We also rode a camel at the Camel Park in the National Park. This was a pretty interesting experience and one I won’t forget in a hurry, but I’m so glad I did it. The staff were really helpful and made sure I was comfortable (or as much as one can be when travelling via camel, anyway!).

Our tour guide Angela took us to many other beautiful spots on the island, including small local villages. Whilst her company is a small family business which doesn’t advertise adapted tours, she was brilliant – helping getting my wheelchair on and off the bus, carrying my crutches for me and selecting the best and most accessible places for us to visit. It was one of those rare occasions where I didn’t feel like a burden and actually felt that my disability didn’t have to mean I couldn’t experience new and exciting things.

I’d really recommend Lanzarote as a travel destination, particularly if you are looking for somewhere accessible. I felt that the overall attitude towards disability there was just better than it is in the U.K., people seemed a lot more happy to help and less phased by it than they often are at home.

Thanks for reading. If you are thinking of visiting Lanzarote and have any questions, please do get in touch.

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23 year old Northerner on a mission to make the world more accessible to everyone! My Instagram account is Instagram.com/ableemily or type in ableemily to your Instagram search tool.

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