Greece for the Physically Disabled
Greece was not designed for people in wheelchairs......
Even before they created the uneven
streets and steps the topography of the country was rocky and mountainous. Add the crooked sidewalks, too many
cars, hotels with no wheelchair access ramps and elevators that are too narrow and you have the makings of a miserable
holiday for anyone who is dependent upon a wheelchair.
But things change, especially in Greece and little by little Athens is addressing
the needs of the handicapped. A few years ago I might have told someone physically impaired to go elsewhere. Now
with the interest in helping the handicapped by people in the travel industry, the government and in particular
the activism of the handicapped in Greece, (not to mention the need to put on a new face for the 2004 Olympics
and Special Olympics that has created these improvements in Athens), anyone in a wheelchair will be able to go
to Greece with confidence. That is what this page is for. I hope you find it useful and I welcome comments before
and after your trip.
Pages for Disabled Travelers
I would hesitate to call Athens wheel-chair friendly yet. But by using this page
you can get around most problem areas and find the places to stay and visit that will not be too frustrating.
You can also e-mail me
Christianakis Travel: Specializing in tours for the disabled with a fleet of accessable vehicles. They also know which hotels are wheelchair friendly in Athens and the islands and are the best agency to use if you or someone in your group is in need of assistance. They are the first and only Greek tour operating company that specializes in tailor-made itineraries for the physically challenged. They can fulfill all of your travel requirements
by providing you with transportation, hotel booking and guides to escort you around historic sites and attractions in Greece and Europe. They can also provide you with business/conference facilities, or if you prefer, arrange a custom-made itinerary to suit you, featuring any of the above choices.They have over 20 years of experience in the traveling business and guarantee the best service for you.
Aksos Suites Accessable Accomodation in Crete: Family environment, holidays with comfort for everyone and contact with the nature is the triptych of their philosophy. These wheelchair accessible suites are specially designed and equipped in order to host guests with chronic health problems or those who are recovering, aged persons and persons with mobility disabilities. Each apartment is divided into two main areas, the master-bedroom that
can host one disabled person along with his or her companion or care-giver, and one area with lounge and kitchen that contain one sofa-bed and can host another one adult or two kids. Moreover, each apartment has a private veranda with lake view and has access to the common area of the swimming pool, BBQ, and other outdoor activities. The guests can enjoy the view from their bedrooms, as the bed is placed in front of the window looking at the lake.
Sirens Resort for the Disabled
A fully accessable hotel for the
disabled with wheelchair ramps to the sea, specially designed rooms
and bathrooms and tours.
Eria Resort for the Disabled in Crete: The Eria Resort is specially designed with disabled people in mind located in the historic village of Maleme in an area of unique natural beauty, surrounded by olive groves with an unobstructed view of the Cretan sea
Breaking Through the Disability Barriers
Great article by Alexia Amvraza
Capital to be Disabled-Friendly by 2004: Athens News Article
Information for Wheelchair Users from an Athens 2004 Paralympic Athlete
Strollering Through Athens
Disabled Access Sailing Holidays
by Matt Barrett
"Our thirst for sailing, drove us to find ways to make
sailing accessible and fun to all, and especially to those physically
challenged. We have consulted with experts in
special needs matters, in order to outfit our sailing boats for handicapped
Dolphin Hellas Travel
Aliki Hamosfakides has put together itineraries for people in wheelchairs. It is not easy, she says but it can
George the Famous Taxi Driver
Transfers, tours and assistance in Athens and the Greek mainland
Private Drivers in Cruise Ports
If you are going on a Greek Island cruise and are worried about getting around here is a list of professional drivers that can assist you on getting the most out of your destination.
Healing Mineral Baths of Edipsos
One of the most wheelchair friendly places in Greece
Healing spa on the outskirts of Athens
Hot Springs of Lesvos
Most of these healing springs are completely accessible
Most of this site and the sites it links to are in Greek but there are some articles in English and Nikos Voulgaropoulos
can answer any questions you have by e-mail. The English Index is at www.disabled.gr/english.html
Wheelchair Rentals and other Equipment:
There is a company in Athens called BIOTECHNICA.
You can contact Mr George Dederis at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Disabled Holidayer – the site for people to share their holiday and day-out experiences when travelling with a disability. Whether at home or abroad,
they want to know about accessibility; how you were treated; the good and bad; whether you are handicapped or have special requirements or needs; and anything else you think would be helpful to others. So... tell them about the country, accommodation, day-out experiences or activities and add some photos to give people a feel of the destination.