If you’re looking for a city break with a dose of sunshine and culture, Malaga may be the place for you! My name is Matt, I’ve recently become an Equalities Ambassador and I’ve just come back from a fantastic holiday in Spain. I’m also a wheelchair user and thought I’d share my thoughts on travel and accessibility whilst on holiday, as my experiences have not always been positive, particularly in terms of issues with pavements, access to buildings and a lack of disabled toilets.
Malaga has a fairly compact city centre with a relatively good level of accessibility. It has many lowered pavements and accessible buses for wheelchair users. Some taxis had ramps and bigger boots, however, a special type of taxi may be needed if someone is travelling in a powerchair. It has a number of museums and art galleries but also has several beaches so there is something different for everyone to enjoy.
One of Malaga’s most famous residents was the artist Pablo Picasso and there is a museum dedicated to his artwork in the city. This is accessible to disabled visitors, there is a separate disabled entrance to the museum you will need to ask the museum staff for assistance to access this. The museum has a broad range of Picasso’s work from throughout his career. These include sketches, paintings and sculptures. It has accessible toilets although the galleries can become very crowded with visitors at times making it more difficult to move around. I also visited the Carmen Thyssen Museum which mainly focuses on Spanish art. On my visit, I found it less busy than the Picasso gallery, with more space to move around. It also has accessible toilets.
Malaga is also blessed with a beach in the city centre and other beaches are accessible via local Buses. Many of the city buses had ramps for access and there are also a number of accessible tour buses. The beaches seemed to be fairly geared up to enable access to the beaches and seemed to offer a number of different services in relation to this although for more information, it may be worth contacting the tourist office (located near the port in the city centre).
Malaga also has a historic cathedral which is accessible, it is also a good place for lovers of shopping and good food. I would recommend visiting the central market in Malaga with many stalls selling fresh fruit and also delicious almonds there are also a number of Tapas bars in the market, at one of which I enjoyed a great seafood paella with a nice cold glass of beer. In the city centre there are a number of fashionable clothes shops, nice cafes and restaurants.
I would also recommend the fantastic Ice Cream Parlours in the city.
It is quite a nice place to see life in the streets and there are a number of nice parks to relax in would also recommend visiting the rooftop terrace at the Corte Ingles department store which has a good view over the city. The store also has a number of nice restaurants and accessible toilets. This can be useful to remember when you are having difficulty finding a disabled toilet. Good places to look include museums, department stores and public buildings although surprisingly some bars and restaurants also featured disabled toilets. Although some older buildings, such as the castle, had an accessible toilet. I would recommend Malaga for your next holiday.
Matt Cresser Equalities Ambassador