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Lisbon
Diary of a traveling wheelchair: Lisbon in a Wheelchair

Lisbon
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Porto
thewheelchairbackpacker (French language) 3 blogs relating to a visit to Porto

Around Portugal
Wheelchair traveling.com resources, reviews, guides, and tips from over 100 writers worldwide about accessible travel

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wheelgotravelling.info's blog about travelling around Portugal In an adapted caravan or motorhome

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Country visited

Portugal

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

Lisbon

Month and year of visit

September 2013

Mobility equipment used

Manual self-propelled wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

Lisbon's nickname is City of seven hills, so as you can imagine it's not the most wheelchair-friendly place. But if you have someone to push your chair, then definitely go, because it's a beautiful city. I went there with my husband (both in wheelchairs) and my in-laws, who pushed us everywhere. Obviously, along the river the terrain is flat but as soon as you go into the city, it starts sloping a little. And then there are those seven hills, which may be doable if you take public transportation or a taxi up, but we didn't try. What we did instead was to go to Belém, just outside the downtown area, where the famous shop is located that makes the Pastéis de Belém: tiny custard tarts wrapped in flaky pastry, served warm. Expect long line-ups. But there are also some other sights/museums worth visiting here, and it's all flat.

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Country visited

Portugal

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

Madeira

Month and year of visit

May 2015

Mobility equipment used

Manual self-propelled wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

I had questioned my wife’s idea
To take a wheelchair to hilly Madeira.
There’s a steep road to Funchal town
From our hotel, it is fun going down
But for coming back up the hill
It’s the bus that fits the bill.
“Urban” busses go all around town
With a ten journey pass – each a pound.
Purchase passes for the urban bus
At the kiosk (sea front terminus).
In a bus the “up” is less challenging
It’s the kerbs that require managing.
Number two’s the best to hotel zone
Accessible - even on one’s own.
The twenty one takes one to Monte
With the tropical gardens up front see.
The gardens are good – down you go!
And there’s a buggy return for two euro.
The thirty one bus (also “urbano”)
Goes up to the jardim botanico.
It’s worth a visit, but steep at the top
The central entrance below the bus stop.
Going down is my wheelchair option
And catching the bus at the bottom.
But I only got out through the gate there
By dismantling my manual wheelchair.
For five Euros the fifty six “Inter-urban”
Goes to Santana, that shouldn’t deter one
From leaving at ten to arrive at midday
The picturesque town is the opposite way
From the return bus stop which you visit
To plan your return, (obvious init?)
There may not be a bus for quite a while
(It’s half an hour to see the local style
Houses up the hill to your south west
Without this advice you’ll be lost like the rest).
They are quaint and of charm there’s no lack
But rush back to the stop for the first bus back!
Curral das Frieras on the eighty one bus
Leaves on time from the terminus.
This is the only reliable information
As (like most) bus timetables are fiction.
The scenery dramatic- mountains atop
The bus has two speeds- V.fast and stop.
The inter-urban bus to Camara de Lobos
A quaint fishing village, not very posh.
On the route of many busses “Rodeste”
Provided you find one that’s going west.
In short, my message could not be clearer
It’s possible in a wheelchair to see Madeira
But only if you can do some walking up hill
Use busses or taxis- they’re adaptable!
Gradients are steep, the paths are rough
The tough get going when the going gets tough!

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Country visited

Portugal

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

Madeira

Month and year of visit

This year: May : 2015

Mobility equipment used

Manual self-propelled wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

I had questioned my wife’s idea
To take a wheelchair to hilly Madeira.
There’s a steep road to Funchal town
From our hotel, it is fun going down
But for coming back up the hill
It’s the bus that fits the bill.
“Urban” busses go all around town
With a ten journey pass – each a pound.
Purchase passes for the urban bus
At the kiosk (sea front terminus).
In a bus the “up” is less challenging
It’s the kerbs that require managing.
Number two’s the best to hotel zone
Accessible - even on one’s own.
The twenty one takes one to Monte
With the tropical gardens up front see.
The gardens are good – down you go!
And there’s a buggy return for two euro.
The thirty one bus (also “urbano”)
Goes up to the jardim botanico.
It’s worth a visit, but steep at the top
The central entrance below the bus stop.
Going down is my wheelchair option
And catching the bus at the bottom.
But I only got out through the gate there
By dismantling my manual wheelchair.
For five Euros the fifty six “Inter-urban”
Goes to Santana, that shouldn’t deter one
From leaving at ten to arrive at midday
The picturesque town is the opposite way
From the return bus stop which you visit
To plan your return, (obvious init?)
There may not be a bus for quite a while
(It’s half an hour to see the local style
Houses up the hill to your south west
Without this advice you’ll be lost like the rest).
They are quaint and of charm there’s no lack
But rush back to the stop for the first bus back!
Curral das Frieras on the eighty one bus
Leaves on time from the terminus.
This is the only reliable information
As (like most) bus timetables are fiction.
The scenery dramatic- mountains atop
The bus has two speeds- V.fast and stop.
On the busses there's often no space for wheelchairs
They squeeze 'em in seats and nobody cares.
The inter-urban bus to Camara de Lobos
A quaint fishing village, not very posh.
On the route of many busses “Rodeste”
Provided you find one that’s going west.
In short, my message could not be clearer
It’s possible in a wheelchair to see Madeira
But only if you can do some walking up hill
Use busses or taxis- they’re adaptable!
Gradients are steep, the paths are rough
The tough get going when the going gets tough!

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Country visited

Portugal

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

Lagos and Algarve

Month and year of visit

December 2015

Mobility equipment used

Manual self-propelled wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

Lovely place but the cobbles are not for the faint hearted as are te slopes in th townh

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Azores
azoresforall.com travel company

Faro
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Porto
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Trains
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Public transport
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Taxis
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Tour operator
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