Accessible Travel

Maltese government policy is to improve access for people with disabilities, but many of Malta's historic places – notably the steep, stepped streets of Valletta – remain difficult, if not impossible, to negotiate for those with restricted mobility. Several sights are accessible, however, including Fort St Elmo & National War Museum, the Grand Master's Palace, the Malta Experience and the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.

A good number of the more expensive hotels have wheelchair access and some have rooms specially designed for guests with disabilities. Sliema, with its long promenade, is a good place to be based. The Malta and Gozo bus services have wheelchair-accessible buses.

The Nautic Team on Gozo is equipped for divers with disabilities, offering courses and equipment hire.

The Malta Tourism Authority (www.visitmalta.com) can provide information on hotels and sights that are equipped for wheelchair users.

The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities can provide information on facilities and access for travellers with a disability in Malta.

Lonely Planet has a Travel for All community on Google+, where you can find out and share information about accessible travel, as well as the Thorntree community at www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/travellers-with-disabilities.

Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guides from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.