Sadly, the Canary Islands are not geared towards smooth travel for disabled people. Most restaurants, shops and tourist sights are not equipped to handle wheelchairs, although the more expensive accommodation options will have rooms with appropriate facilities. Transport is tricky, although you should be able to organise a specially modified hire car from one of the international hire companies (with advance warning). In fact, advance warning is always a good idea; start with your travel agent and see what it can offer in terms of information and assistance. In the archipelago’s cities, such as Las Palmas and Santa Cruz, some buildings (eg museums or government offices) provide Braille in the lifts, and some specially textured floors before stairs, but not much else. Few concessions are made in the public infrastructure for deaf people.

Mobility Equipment Hire

Mobility Abroad (www.mobilityabroad.com) A long-standing company with outlets in Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife.

Orange Badge Wheelchair and mobility-scooter hire in Tenerife.

Organisations

Accessible Travel & Leisure Claims to be the biggest UK travel agent dealing with travel for the disabled, and encourages the disabled to travel independently.

Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality Although largely concentrated on the USA, this organisation can provide general information.