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Accessibility guide South of France

May, 2020

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The wheelchair accessible south of France is and will always be an exciting region. Think of the beautiful sights, all the relaxation options on the beach, the incredible food, and drinking wine until the early hours. Give the South of France a chance to conquer your heart.

Currency

France is part of the European Union, so the official currency is the Euro. You find ATMs everywhere: at every bank, in shopping malls, train stations, airports, etc. We do advise you to pay by credit card as much as possible as the exchange rates are often way more favorable then cash withdrawn from ATMs.

Tipping happens differently in France and the rest of Europe than in other parts of the world. Do you want to know more about European habits around tipping? Read this blog post, and you will never have to doubt it again.

Weather

The south of France mainly has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters. It is generally a warmer region than in the rest of the country. Summers are warm and sunny, temperatures in most areas can easily reach 30°C and more. Winters are mild. The average maximum temperatures are still around 10°C.

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accessible south of france port
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Wheelchair accessible south of France

You can find accessibility facilities all through the wheelchair accessible south of France. All over Europe, changes have been, and are, happening regarding improving the accessibility for wheelchair users. The European Union has been improving cities everywhere. Want to know more about how? Read more in this blog post about the European Accessibility Act.

Besides that, travel apps for an accessible holiday always come in handy. Read more about our seven favorites here. These applications make your trip less stressful and more fun. One of these apps is called accessaloo. This mobile application helps you find the nearest adapted bathrooms. Besides finding your nearest toilet, it allows you to rate and add pictures of bathrooms on the go. Read everything there is to know about accessaloo, and find out how to download the app so you can start finding, rating, and adding accessible toilets. Lastly, another informative blog post, explains the use of European toilet keys. Click here for all the information. The last thing you should worry about during your holiday is where to find an accessible toilet and how to access it.

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monaco buildings
monaco view

Monaco

Monaco does not need a big introduction. The smallest country in the world is known for the casino, the Grand Prix, and the Grimaldi’s. Besides that, the nice weather and the excessive luxury complete the picture. Even though the country borders France and the Mediterranean Sea, it is not part of the European Union and has not signed the Schengen Agreement. One reason for this is that this way, it can keep its status as an extravagant luxury resort.

Wheelchair accessibility Monaco

Monaco is quite easy to explore. The majority of the streets have curbcuts. You will encounter some cobblestones in the Old Town though, and on occassion it can be a bit hilly. For those that prefer public transport, the buses are equiped with ramps to enter. The cruise port is walking/rolling distance to the center, by means of elevators.

Monaco is filled with exciting sights. Visit them all during this wheelchair accessible tour to Monaco and Nice.

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nice street
nice boats

Nice

Nice, the capital of the Cote d’Azur, is a dream destination for those who love museums and galleries, beautiful (but pebble) beaches and the picturesque atmosphere of the old town. Along the coast, you find the famous and prestigious Promenade des Anglais with its luxurious mansions. It is a beautiful area to discover. This city is a must-see when visiting the wheelchair accessible south of France.

Wheelchair accessibility Nice

Nice is a beautiful city to discover, also as a wheelchair user. Over the years, the city has improved its accessibility enormously. You find various accessible restaurants, toilets, cultural highlights, activities, and hotels. One of the most accessible beaches in France is even located in Nice. You find anything you could possibly need.

It is a short walk/roll from the cruise port to the Old Town. Take into account that the city can be quite hilly, and you will encounter cobble stones. Nice offers good public transportation options. The tram way that connects the north and the east of the city is fully wheelchair accessible by means of a built-in lower platform on the same level as the station platform. Also most of the Lignes d’Azur buses are accessible, you can check the PRM pictogram to see which stop is accessible and which one is not.

Would you like to discover the city of Nice? Book a tour that takes you to all the best spots in Nice, Cannes, and Antibes.

Cannes port
Cannes buildings
Cannes boats

Cannes

Cannes on the Southern French Riviera remains one of the most appealing and most expensive cities in the area. After all, the name Cannes is strongly associated with well-known festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival. Cannes is busy all year round and appeals to every kind of tourist. All major brands are represented in the most famous shopping street, Rue d’Antibes, which attracts tourists who like to shop luxury. However, it does not mean that Cannes is expensive. Just like everywhere on the Côte d’Azur, you can make life as luxurious and crazy as you want. This applies to a restaurant visit, buying a pair of shoes, or even a (second) home.

Wheelchair accessibility Cannes

The city of Cannes is an accessible destination you should put on your bucket list. The old town of Cannes, Le Suquet, is quite hilly, and therefore, it is not always easy to get around. However, most of the touristic attractions and areas are accessible. Not to be missed is La Croisette, the sea front, and the Old Port. The boulevard is flat, with only a gentel slope upwards.

And for those interested, there is even an accessible ferry boat that takes you to one of the islands nearby.

Click on the button to find information about a tour that takes you through the beautiful center of Cannes.

Marseille port
Marseille view
Marseille nature

Marseille

With its majestic, old harbor, fine sandy beaches, and picturesque neighborhoods, the city of Marseille is definitely worth a visit. A boat trip to the islands along the coast or a stroll to the beautiful Calanques completes your city trip. Let the various charms of Marseille seduce you!

Wheelchair accessibility Marseille

The city of Marseille is a beautiful place to discover. Get around via tram or ferry boat. The trams are recently built and the most disabled-friendly. You could also travel by bus, although they are not always reliable. The ferry boat is entirely wheelchair accessible since 2018. Besides that, Marseille offers a bunch of accessible hotels, sights, and so much more.

The best-known site, and also the most visited one, is the Catholic Basilica of Notre-dame de la Garde. Built on La Garde, the highest point of the city, from where you have spectacular views over the area. The Basilica is accessible, entry by means of a ramp.

Discover everything Marseille has to offer during our 8-hour tour to Marseille and Cassis. Click on the button for more information.

Toulon port
Toulon building
Toulon boat

Toulon

The city of Toulon is located in the beautiful south of France. Toulon is known as a friendly fishing town. Today, the city still holds an important position and is the main military port on the French coastline. In addition to the large harbor, Toulon also has a beautiful old center for you to visit. In the center, you find a beautiful cathedral, several cozy squares, and small shops. Also, the city has a authentic local market and various shopping centers where you can discover famous clothing brands. Lastly, visit the mountain Mont Ferron which offers you a magnificent view of the city. In short, Toulon has plenty to offer!

Wheelchair accessibility Toulon

The Tourism Office of Toulon has been committed to a disabled-friendly policy for many years. Making sure every disabled person gets the help they need is one of their focus points. They give out clear information about accessibility facilities. With that comes that the city of Toulon is making an effort to improve accessibility. You find accessible transportation, attractions, and accommodation all over the city.

Toulon offers a lot of interesting sights. Click on the button for information about a tour through the beautiful city.

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aix en provence center
aix en provence surroundings

Aix-en-Provence

Art and history are central to this former capital of the Provence. Explore the sun-drenched city center at your own speed. One of the best things to do in Aix-en-Provence is to wander through the streets of the old town. In addition to extraordinary homes and fountains, you also encounter large shops and small boutiques of designer brands. Lastly, you find special museums in Aix-en-Provence that are definitely worth a visit.

Wheelchair accessibility Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence is a beautiful city with many accessibility facilities. The tourist office aims to answer to every need of people with disabilities. You will find designated parking facilities, modified toilets, accessible accommodation, and restaurants all over the city. The majority of the cultural and entertainment sites like museums, galleries and monuments provide wheelchair access. However the streets can be narrow and cobbled on occassion.

Keep in mind that in France, and in Aix-en-Provence in particular, the buildings often date back to the 17th century. So assure that your accommodation not only has an elevator, however always verify the dimensions to assure it fits your mobility equipment.

Discover all the secrets of Aix en Provence during a wheelchair accessible tour that takes you to Aix en Provence and Cassis. Click on the button for the full explanation.

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