I love seeing the world; saving, budgeting, and cheap hobbies such as reading, listening to music and browsing the web for cheap deals, make that a possibility for my husband and I.
We hadn’t had a sun holiday for a few years so we decided we just wanted to relax, get some sun, go for a swim and not get stressed about going sightseeing. Not a tall order you’d imagine, but as soon as wheelchair access becomes a factor it’s not as simple as it sounds!
Which is the reason I was so delighted when I stumbled across Las Piedras’s website. Las Piedras is a wheelchair accessible hotel in Andalucía, Spain; having had some very disappointing experiences regarding wheelchair accessible accommodation in mainland Europe over the years I always ask for photos of the bathroom/en-suite I’m going to use, which the owners of Las Piedras sent me no problem.
I was taken aback the photo was so good, there was a walk in shower with a shower chair and well placed grab rails around the shower controls, the toilet wasn’t a high toilet but it was higher than standard mainland European toilets, the horizontal and vertical grab rails were well positioned. The pool and Jacuzzi on the hotel grounds both had hoists for getting in/out of them, finally somewhere that ticked our boxes – we booked a week away in April.
Las Piedraswas even better than we expected, the owner (Adrian) picked us up from Malaga airport in a wheelchair accessible mini bus, as we drove the forty minute journey to the hotel, Adrian told us about the area. There are also hoists and profiling beds available at the hotel upon request. We stayed at the hotel during our first few days relaxing, swimming, enjoying the delicious food, soaking up the sun, but there was an option to go on an excursion. These entailed Las Piedras staff driving, in the wheelchair accessible mini bus, the hotel guests to various accessible attractions within an hour’s drive of Las Piedras.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the break, it’s also uplifting to know that there are businesses such as Las Piedras who honestly cater for everybody!
Needing to bring and pay a PA on a foreign holiday can mean a foreign holiday is financially impossible for some. Please contact Ataxia Ireland if you are willing to donate some of your time or money to help.