Accessible Travel

The term deficientes (Portuguese for 'disabled') gives some indication of the limited awareness of disabled needs. Although public offices and agencies are required to provide access and facilities for people with disabilities, private businesses are not.

Porto airport has wheelchair-accessible toilets. Parking spaces are allotted in many places, but are frequently occupied. The EU parking card entitles visitors to the same street-parking concessions given to disabled residents.

Newer and larger hotels tend to have some adapted rooms, though the facilities may not be up to scratch, and some hostels have facilities for people with disabilities.

For more information, download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from

Secretaria do Nacional de Reabilitação The national governmental organisation representing people with disabilities supplies information, provides links to useful operations and publishes guides (in Portuguese) that advise on barrier-free accommodation, transport, shops, restaurants and sights.