The Canary Islands are not especially well-geared towards smooth travel for people with disabilities. Most restaurants, shops and tourist sights are not equipped to handle wheelchairs, although the more expensive hotels and resorts will have rooms with appropriate facilities. Naturally, check up front before booking. Restaurants, bars and shops in commercial centres will have access ramps for wheelchair users, however.

Transport is quite complicated, 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 specially textured floors before stairs, but not much else. Few concessions are made in the public infrastructure for people who are deaf. Mobility scooter hire is straightforward in Los Cristianos on Tenerife and you will see a lot of people using them.

The tourist office in Puerto del Carmen in Lanzarote can advise on arranging amphibious chairs for anyone with mobility issues wanting to use the beach.

Mobility Equipment Hire

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

Orange Badge Wheelchair and mobility-scooter hire in Los Cristianos, Tenerife.

Organisations

Can Be Done UK-based travel agency specialising in travel for people with disabilities.

Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality Although largely concentrated on the USA, this nonprofit organisation aims to raise awareness of the needs of all travellers with disabilities and can provide general information.