Costa Del Sol
Fuengirola is a great place for a person with limited mobility. All pavements, are smooth, plenty of road crossings (with “dropped” kerbs)
It is a very flat (for miles), beach has ramps and walk ways, for wheelchairs to go to sun beds, on the sand, most of these have a waiter service, for drinks or meals. Fish are caught and BBQ-ed within a few yards of you.
There is a multitude of restaurants and Café`s, along this resort, with every cuisine available. (Even British), and the staff are very pleasant, and will do anything to make sure you have an enjoyable meal
Transport is NO problem, plenty of Taxi`s, (accessible taxi`s are easily arranged) a regular, bus service to most places. The train runs through, this town, with two stations, one is totally NOT accessible, the main Fuengirola station has an wheelchair lift, down to the ticket office, and to the platform via turnstiles (a wide turnstile is at the right hand side), Getting on to the train, is via a step from the platform (N B – I was not allowed to go on to the platform due to communication problems and, what I could make out, SECURITY reason`s).
A marina is along the beach from where there are many boat trip`s (I was told, the operator “wheelchair, No problemo” (I didnt have time to go on one of these as I was on my way home )
One day out, was spent at Fuengirola Zoo. A very good experience.
This is unlike any (usual, idea of a Zoo), As the information leaflet says “Here you will not find cages or bars”, YOU ARE VERY SAFE – the animals are housed in a natural enclosure within walls, (large) Bamboo canes and viewing areas, behind thick (very clean) glass.
There is a café, childrens play area, restaurant, shop and counter to buy, souvenir photo.
On one path, there is a very big tree, through which, the staff take small groups in to the enclosure with LEMURS, (very safe) very exciting. The Lemurs, where very interested in my wheelchair (as they are very inquisitive, they climbed all over it, while I sat on a wall).
The zoo website [--] is in Spanish, but you can get an idea, before your “great day out”.
Excursion’s to many attraction’s are readily available. I took one of these to visit Gibraltar. A good place for a day out sight seeing and shopping. Plenty for the tourist to do, in the town, (N B accessible toilet’s are NOT “very prominent” I did find one in the town hall square (at the far end of the main street), tour the rock (by mini-bus) even go on the cable car, up to see the rock and Monkeys, or go on a trip, over to Morocco.
Alan Thomas committee member Ataxia South Wales
More detail via my blog -- http://alanroygbiv.blogspot.com/