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Travelling with electric mobility scooter

Ardsley, New York
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I have MS and use my mobility scooter when we travel. I have used my scooter in Barcelona, Madrid, Israel, Prague, Budapest, Amsterdam and Brussels. We are considering places for our next vacation and would like to know thoughts of other contributors on the accessibility of Portugal (Lisbon and other cities) or Croatia (Dubrovnik and other cities). Or suggestions on other cities. We do not go with a tour - I have planned our trips myself and we travel alone. We have had no issues in the European cities that we have visited. Thanks in advance for any assistance!

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I think you may need to narrow down your choice of destination, and ask in the relevant forums.

I've never visited mainland Portugal but I know Madeira well. For me the biggest problem are the cobbled pavements, which are found in most towns. I suspect that will be an issue on the mainland, as I've seen archaeological sites on Madeira with cobbled walkways, so I exoect the idea came from Portugal.

Not sure how that will affect you.

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I would consider Portugal and Croatia two of the European countries with not particularly good accessibility. Lisbon does have some flat parts, but is predominantly hilly with lots of cobblestones. The centre of Dubrovnik is OK, but there are steep steps all around.

I also use a mobility scooter and would say U.K., France and Spain are reasonably disabled friendly. You need to decide where you’d like to go and start your research from the chosen destination.

Ardsley, New York
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Thank you for your feedback! I have taken my scooter to Madrid, Barcelona, Prague, Budapest, Amsterdam, Brussels, Ghent! Yes, I need to do more research as to where to go but your feedback has helped to eliminate certain countries! Thanks again!

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Sue

Ive no idea of your interests, but a few years ago we went to Slovenia and loved it. It was generally accessible. The scenery is beautiful. We stayed in Lake Bled, but visited lots of other places. Good food, beer and wine and all relatively cheap.

We’ve also visited Croatia and Montenegro, but preferred Slovenia. Maybe you could combine it with a trip to Vienna if you haven’t been there. Vienna is very disabled friendly.

Ardsley, New York
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Hmm interesting! Never thought of Slovenia! Where did you go (which cities) in Croatia? Cobblestones are not an issue but “cut-outs” at the end of a street are the issue as you would understand as a scooter user!

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In Croatia I have stayed in Tucepi, which is a nice small town on the coast near Makarska. Not too bad for access. Have also visited Dubrovnik and Rijeka. However, Slovenia IMO is prettier, better food and friendlier people. Also, a lot less commercialised.

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We absolutely had no problems in Israel and Costa Rica...My husband travels with an electric light weight travel scooter easy for me to put in the trunk of a rental car. In Israel I planned our 28 day trip using Airbnb and traveled throughout the country where we enjoyed the peaceful clean beaches in Acre, Gan Hashlosha (Sachne) National Park with rivers running through and water falls, several historic sites, the dead sea (known to heal the body) shooks including The Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem where during the day you can purchase groceries, pastries, food, clothing, shoes almost anything and at night the atmosphere changes more like a big party where you can enjoy music groups singing and instruments playing music while enjoying food if you like or relaxing with a beverage or just people watching, its alot of fun! We had no rental car for 10 days while staying in Jerusalem and managed just fine using the light rail and busses which were easily accessable using my husband's scooter making it possible to get around with no problem.. We also were able to take the mediteranean 14 day cruise. We managed and enjoyed Istambul using our scooter and in Ephesus we planned a 12 hour day tour which provided an electric wheelchair. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the tour. We went to several islands in Greece some a little more difficult getting around with steep hills although the beaches were not any problem where he could lay down and relax. Italy on the other hand was very difficult and crowded, the sites we chose to visit were not easily accessable making it impossible in some cases! We also travelled to Costa Rica four times never having troubles getting around using the scooter. The last time we flew into Liberia airport we stayed in Coco Beach at Hotel M&M a simple casual hotel across from the beach and were able to enjoy the ocean and getting around shops and eateries everywhere. The times before we flew into San Jose and rented a car drove all around the country we even stayed in a tree house which had some stairs that were a bit difficult for my husband at the time, but the experience was worth it. The views were incredible being in the rainforest seeing many exotic birds, iquanas, monkeys and there were natural hot springs all around to soak in, quite an experience! If possible on your travel adventures I recommend renting a vechicle, taking a portable light weight electric scooter and using Airbnb and you should be able to manage fine depending on your choices. Wishing you the best! Juliette

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We have been to Portugal (the Algarve) many times. There are a lot of cobbled paths, block paved precincts etc but it is much improved from years ago.. Vilamoura, Quarteria and MonteGordo are very good. Montegordo has a 3km walkway along the beach and a large pedestrianised promenade area.You can hire mobility scooters over there or we use Jet2 and you can take your own scooter within certain parameters. We are off on Saturday with our Solax mobie folding scooter.

Ardsley, New York
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Thank you for your reply and information! Have you been to Lisbon or Porto with your scooter? Where those cities accessible for you?

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Not Europe, but my husband uses a mobility scooter and he has gotten around just fine in Barbados, Iceland (almost fully handicapped accessible), and the non-touristy parts of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico (Merida, Campeche, Celestun, and others). Like you we plan it ourselves, do not take tours other than the occasional day tour, do not stay in all inclusive resorts, and take public transit, taxis, and trains everywhere. You already know it's not easy, you have to plan and strategize how to get around, but we've been very successful and had some wonderful trips that people would swear we could never do.

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