Accessible Algarve
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Praia do Vau, Blue Flag report.

As part of our Blue Flag accessibility compliance project our team visited the beach Praia do Vau in Portimao on Tuesday June 25th 2024.

According to the Blue Flag program, and information put out by the Portuguese department of the environment on its App "Info Praia" and the Algarve Tourism board website, Praia do Vau in Portimao is a fully accessible beach. They say this beach includes an amphibious chair to assist bathers with reduced mobility into the water for swimming. In addition to the Blue Flag, the beach was also flying a flag that says  "Praia Acessível – Praia para Todos. Accessible beach for everyone. 

Blue Flag Accessibility Proposal 2024

 The proposal to monitor the Blue Flag program, is to improve conditions for people with reduced mobility (PWRM) who visit Algarve beaches. 

While thousands of residents and visitors flock to the beautiful sun soaked beaches this summer for swimming, sun bathing, donuts and fun, many people will be left out in the cold. In order to verify which beaches in the Algarve are fully equipped and accessible for PWRM, Constance, Kevin and volunteers will be visiting the beaches in the Algarve that have been designated by Portuguese and international authorities as accessible.

Cem Anos, Sem Acessibilidade.

One hundred years with out accessibility.

On Saturday July 30th at precisely 11.55am a commemorative train arrived at the Lagos station.  This was part of a ceremony to celebrate one hundred years since the arrival of the Algarve regional train service in Lagos. 

Onboard the train were local, regional, elected and public officials and journalists, who as they exited the train were greeted by onlookers and by accessibility advocate Constance Houck displaying a sign stating "Cem Anos, Sem Acessibilidade or One Hundred Years Without Accessibility.”

Lagos Fort Finally Fixed!

In October of 2021 we emailed and asked the Lagos City Council if they could work on a solution to make the drawbridge and entrance to 17th Century Fort Ponta da Bandeira in Lagos accessible to people with reduced mobility. 

While the inside of the Fort had been previously modified for accessibility the drawbridge at the entrance was inaccessible.


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