I am often asked if Tenerife is a great accessible destination for disabled travelers. In this article I explore why I believe Tenerife is fast becoming one of the most popular holiday destinations for disabled travelers.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. It is known for its breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, it’s pristine beaches, vibrant culture and family friendly resorts and attractions making it a popular destination for many families and a great place to enjoy some year round sunshine. It is around a 4 hour flight from the United Kingdom. It is a destination that has certainly become more popular with disabled travelers and over recent years has invested in creating a more accessible and inclusive holiday experience for disabled visitors and their families. There is so much to do and see but here are just a few of the great things to see and do on this beautiful island.
One of the great things about Tenerife is that everyone can enjoy a day on the beach. The best accessible beaches on the island are in the south of the island in Los Cristianos and Santa Cruz. Playa de as Vistas in Los Cristianos is one of the most accessible beaches on the island. There is a large accessible wooden decked sunbathing area with sun beds. The beach also has beach wheelchairs so you can have a dip in the sea. There are also an accessible shower, transfer lift and accessible toilets (you will need to get a euro key). One of the great things about this beach is that there is a friendly beach crew on hand to offer assistance.
Adapted Water Sports
If you are the sporty type and love your water sports you will be pleased to hear that you will not miss out on the fun. Tenerife has a number of organizations and centres that offer accessible and adapted water sports including snorkeling, scuba diving and sailing. There are centres that provide specialist adapted equipment and trained instructors who specialize in working with disabled people. So, you have the opportunity to explore the amazing underwater world or sail on the beautiful azure waters off the coast of Tenerife.
centres offering adaptive water sports
Adapted Sports Center Adeje (Centro Deportivo Adaptado Adeje)
Located in Adeje, they provide adapted water sports offering accessible facilities and equipment for activities such as adaptive scuba diving, adapted sailing, and adapted water skiing. They have trained instructors who can offer a safe and enjoyable experience for participants whatever their level of experience and ability.
Tenerife Top Training
Tenerife Top Training is situated in La Caleta, offers a range of adaptive water sports. Their adaptive water sports programs cater to individuals with disabilities and they provide specialized equipment and expert coaching. They offer adaptive activities like adaptive swimming, adaptive rowing, and adaptive kayaking.
Tenerife Water Sports
Tenerife Water Sports is based in Playa de Las Américas and offers accessible water sports. They provide adaptive equipment and trained instructors to assist participants in activities such as adaptive paddleboarding, adaptive jet skiing, and adaptive windsurfing. Their team ensures a safe and inclusive environment for all visitors.
Skualo Tenerife is located in Puerto de la Cruz. They provide adapted scuba diving experiences for people with disabilities, with specialized equipment and trained instructors. You can explore Tenerife’s amazing underwater world and enjoy the thrill of diving in an accessible setting.
I recommend that you contact these centers directly for more information, availability, and to discuss your individual specific requirements, so you can make the most of your adaptive water sports experience in Tenerife.
Adapted Land Based Sports
If you love land based adaptive sports then Tenerife has some great options. These include:
Tenerife Top Training
Tenerife Top Training, in La Caleta, is a well known sports centre providing a wide range of adaptive sports activities including wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, and adapted athletics for all abilities.
Adapted Sports Center Adeje (Centro Deportivo Adaptado Adeje)
The Adapted Sports Center Adeje, situated in Adeje, offers a wide variety of adaptive sports such as adaptive track and field, adapted cycling, and wheelchair rugby.
Tenerife Paralympic Athletics Center
The Tenerife Paralympic Athletics Center, located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, specializes in providing athletic training and facilities for individuals with disabilities offering adaptive sports programs focusing on athletics, including track and field events, wheelchair racing, and field sports like shot put and javelin. Their experienced coaches and accessible facilities make it ideal for disabled athletes to train and compete.
Exploring The Nature of Tenerife
Tenerife whose beauty goes well beyond the beautiful beaches. There are some remarkable natural landscapes including volcanic landscapes, lush forests and stunning panoramic views and the good news is that the island has created some fantastic accessible trails and nature parks. Including the beautiful and breathtaking volcanic landscape of Spain’s highest mountain, the dormant Volcano Mount Teide. It is worth noting that there is an annual Walking Festival that includes accessible hikes and trails.
If you are a bit of a culture vulture, then Tenerife is surprisingly rich with accessible culture. It is an island rich in culture and history and there are some amazing museums, art galleries, theatres and concert halls that are accessible to disabled visitors. Here are just a few:
TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes
If you enjoy modern art then you will love TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, it is a contemporary art museum located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The museum has a commitment to accessibility and has inclusive experiences for visitors of all abilities. It offers accessible entrances, elevators, and ramps throughout the facility, ensuring smooth access for individuals with mobility impairment. TEA also provides audio guides, captioning, and sign language interpretation for exhibitions, making the art accessible to people with sensory disabilities too.
Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre (Museum of Nature and Man)
The Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre is also located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and it showcases the natural and cultural history of the Canary Islands. It offers accessible entrances, elevators, and adapted facilities. They also provide accessible exhibits with tactile elements, Braille descriptions, and audio guides, creating a multisensory experience for visitors with visual impairments.
Auditorio de Tenerife (Tenerife Auditorium)
The Auditorio de Tenerife is an iconic architectural landmark in Santa Cruz de Tenerife that hosts theater, music, and dance. The auditorium is equipped with accessible entrances, ramps, and elevators to provide easy access. They also offer audio descript and sign language interpretation, however these are in Spanish.
Espacio Cultural El Tanque
Espacio Cultural El Tanque, located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is a cultural space that hosts a wide variety of cultural events from performances, theatre, concerts and exhibitions. The venue is accessible and provides inclusive experiences for disabled visitors. It is popular with a diverse range of people of all abilities and ages.
Things To Do For Families and Kids
Not surprisingly with its wonderful weather Tenerife is very popular with families and kids of all ages love the island. Tenerife has some amazing accessible attractions that the whole family will love. Here are just a few of the most popular:
This popular water park is located in Costa Adeje. It is reputed to be the best water park in the World.There is a variety of water slides, pools, and attractions that will suit visitors of all ages and abilities. There are accessible facilities, such as ramps, accessible bathrooms, and there are reserved parking spaces, for Wheelchair Adapted Vehicles. They also offer assistance services and accessible water attractions, so that the whole family can enjoy their visit and no one is left out.
Loro Parque, situated in Puerto de la Cruz, is a well known animal and theme park. There is a lot to see and do, some of the most popular attractions include the dolphins, penguins, parrots, and many more animals. The park is wheelchair accessible, with ramps and marked accessible routes throughout the park. There are also some great accessible shows and presentations, ensuring an inclusive experience that the whole family will love.
PuebloChico is a model village located in La Orotava, that has miniature replicas of well known buildings and landscapes from the Canary Islands. The attraction has been designed with accessibility in mind, there are accessible paths and ramps so visitors of all abilities can explore the model village. This is a fun and educational experience for all the family and a great way to get to know about the culture and heritage of the islands.
Monkey Park, situated in Arona, it offers a great way to meet meet and interact with various species of monkey and apes. The park has been laid out with accessibility for disabled visitors in mind there are accessible paths, ramps, and facilities for visitors with disabilities. It is a great way to get up close to some amazing primates in an inclusive environment.
Museum of Science and the Cosmos (Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos)
If you have a member in the family who is, like me, fascinated with space, the Cosmos and space travel and exploration, then The Museum of Science and the Cosmos, located in La Laguna, will seem like paradise with its interactive exhibits related to astronomy, physics, and natural sciences. The museum has been designed to be accessible to disabled visitors and has ramps and elevators for easy movement. Kids of all ages will love getting involved with the interactive and tactile exhibits.
As you can see there is a great choice of things to see and do for the disabled visitor to Tenerife. There is literally something for all ages and all abilities. A visit to Tenerife can be a holiday where all the family can have fun and enjoy an accessible and inclusive to all experience.