Vilamoura has been named Portugal’s “most accessible beach” for people with physical disabilities.
“It’s a huge honour,” said Loulé mayor Vítor Aleixo as he accepted the award at Lisbon’s Pavilhão do Conhecimento on Tuesday (April 12).
“It is fair recognition of Loulé council’s social inclusion policies,” he said, adding that the award will motivate the borough to continue improving its accessibilities.
In order to qualify for the award, beaches must not only have good wheelchair access but also parking and cloakroom facilities for the physically disabled.
Loulé council has stressed in a statement that the borough flew six “accessible” flags at its Vilamoura, Quarteira, Vale do Lobo, Garrão Poente, Loulé Velho and Forte Novo beaches in 2015 – the first three of which boast an ‘amphibian chair’ which makes getting in and out of the water much easier for handicapped people.
‘Praia + Acessível’ distinction is promoted by Portugal’s Institute for Rehabilitation (INR) in collaboration with the European Blue Flag association and other entities.Vilamoura has been named Portugal’s “most accessible beach” for people with physical disabilities.