The Algarve is a tourist destination that is increasingly making sure its natural beauty, beaches and cities are accessible for everyone to enjoy. Here you will find information that will help you plan your holiday in the region.
The Algarve offers a wide and varied range of accommodation, including rooms that are adapted for guests with special needs. When you search for accommodation in this portal's guide to services, choose the option "Facilities for the disabled". Always contact the accommodation directly so that you obtain more precise information about the type of facilities and equipment available.
Airport – Faro Airport, like Portugal's other airports, offers travellers the "MyWay" service, which provides personalised assistance for passengers with reduced mobility. This service includes mechanical means to facilitate mobility, as well as qualified professionals who will ensure that passengers are provided with every comfort and convenience while they are in the airport. Click here for more information.
Taxis – Adapted taxis are available for travellers with reduced mobility. They are equipped with boarding platforms, adapted seat belts, devices to secure wheelchairs and doors with wider opening angles. These taxis can be requested by contacting the dispatchers. Click here for more information.
(+351) 707 277 277
(+351) 911 910 808
(+351) 965 020 808
(+351) 934 430 808
ANTRAL – regional branch
(+351) 289 827 203
You can also search our guide to services by selecting "transports and terminuses" > "adapted transport"
Train – The trains in Portugal are operated by a company called CP-Comboios de Portugal. To find out more about the accessibility of their equipment and services, contact their Integrated Mobility Service (SIM) by phone on (+351) 707 210 746 (707 210 SIM). More information is available online.
Buses and coaches – Some urban public transport services in the Algarve offer adapted vehicles. Search for them in our guide to services by selecting "transports and terminuses" > "adapted transport".
Transfer Services – Some transport operators and travel agencies that provide private transport services have vehicles that are adapted for passengers with reduced mobility. Search for them in our guide to services by selecting "Travel Agencies" > "adapted transport".
Driving – If you have a driving licence that is valid in Portugal, you can drive vehicles as long as you comply with the restrictions or adaptations applicable to the circumstances.
Standard EU disability parking badges issued by any EU Member State are valid in Portugal and you can park in spaces signposted as being for disabled drivers.
The Algarve is a fabulous beach destination and it offers 47 accessible beaches, all properly identified by means of a white flag with the identifying logo. These beaches are easy to get to on foot and have organised car-parking facilities including spaces for vehicles used by disabled people. Mobility on the sands and down to the water is provided by equipment such as ramps, mechanical means and walkways, and there are accessible toilets and first-aid stations. Discover our accessible beaches here.
Throughout the Algarve, towns and cities are gradually improving their public and private spaces with a view to making them more accessible.
Discover the region's accessible itineraries and public spaces: