HomeAway is committed to offering wheelchair accessible holiday rentals around the world, everywhere you want to holiday – and to that end, we've tried to make searching for them as simple as possible. When performing a holiday rental search, after selecting a destination, just select 'wheelchair accessible' under 'more filters'. And that's it. The resulting list will only contain holiday rentals whose owners have listed them as wheelchair accessible.
Of course, to ensure that your specific requirements are met, we recommend that you contact the owner directly for exact specifications about the property's facilities. This leaves the task of deciding on a location. And since some holiday destinations are a lot more accessible than others, we've put together a guide to our top choices for wheelchair-friendly holiday locations.
Regardless of where you choose to holiday, make sure to plan ahead early enough to get the best options on flights, and to suss out the accessibility of the attractions and activities you'd like to explore. Local tourist information centres are an especially good source of info on the accessibility of various buildings and attractions.
Disabled UK holidays
There is a huge choice of wheelchair accessible holiday homes in the UK generally. Whether you're looking for a wheelchair adapted apartment for a city break – say, in lively London or classy Edinburgh – or a disabled accessible holiday cottage in the Somerset countryside, accessible bus and walking tours are readily available in the UK's major cities, and many parks and beaches as well.
Disabled accessible holidays in Italy
Italy is famed for its magnificent scenery and historical attractions – but, even with the age of many of its most famous monuments and cities, a little planning can make even notoriously difficult-to-navigate Rome a fantastic holiday option. For example, there are accessible bus and walking tours – but be prepared that the latter sometimes involve traversing very uneven cobblestone.
Disabled holidays in Florida
Florida is a fantastic destination for a wheelchair accessible holiday, and its major cities are well equipped for the disabled. So are many of its most renowned attractions – Disney World is especially well fitted for wheelchair users, and for the hearing and sight impaired as well. Florida's state park system is an excellent option, too: its parks variously offer beach wheelchairs, accessible boat and bus tours, accessible trails, and even accessible fishing piers (just mind the 'gators!).
Disabled accessible holidays in France
Sooner or later, everyone should visit France. With so much to see and do, from city breaks in Paris to wine-tasting holidays in the Loire Valley, France offers some of Europe's loveliest holidays in general. Almost all of the major cities offer accessible bus and walking tours, and many offer accessible boating tours as well. And in recent years, some cities, for example Bordeaux, have made concerted efforts to make their city more amenable to handicap tourism.
Disabled holidays in Ireland
Disabled holidays in Ireland offer a wide range of activities suitable for wheelchair users, set amongst some of the most beautiful countryside in Europe. The cliffs of Moher, for example, are wheelchair accessible to the main viewing area, as are the public buses that service the site. Dublin, too, has made increasing city-wide accessibility a priority, and over 1,000 businesses are listed in its Access Guide, alongside their level of accessibility and amenities.