Mallorca is a long way from being barrier-free, but things are slowly improving. Disabled access to some museums, official buildings and hotels represents something of a sea change in local thinking.

  • Be circumspect about hotels advertising themselves as disabled-friendly, as this can mean as little as wide doors to rooms and bathrooms, a ramp into reception or other token efforts.
  • Cobbled streets and flights of steps in hill towns can make getting around difficult.
  • Palma city buses are equipped for wheelchair access, as are some of those that travel around the island. Some taxi companies run adapted taxis – they must be booked in advance.
  • Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.

Organisations

  • Accessible Travel & Leisure (www.accessibletravel.co.uk) Claims to be the biggest UK travel agent specialising in travel for people with disabilities and encourages independent travel.
  • Discount Mobility Hires out mobility scooters.
  • Easy Rider A Port d’Alcúdia–based outfit hiring out mobility scooters.
  • Mobility Scooters Delivers mobility scooters for hire to customers around the island.