This project aims to answer the needs, concerning tourism, of the handicapped and disabled people, young or old, having a physical handicap, or groups of people / families where one or more of the members has one of this conditions.
Here we look for situations where it might be possible for everyone to travel for tourism in Algarve, whether it is visiting places, doing several activities, lodging or a plain day at the beach.
It is intended to provide detailed information of every place, along with pictures and a few explaining words, so everybody can evaluate if he/she can use the various presented places.
The analysis was made in the perspective of a wheelchair user, once this is the most difficult situation in what concerns displacement and space using.
This project started due to the experience and the need of information of the project mentor when travelling for tourism. Nowadays, the information for the handicapped and disabled people is almost inexistant, which is the reason why we try to fill that gap through this website.
The mentor of this project, Filipe Nascimento, is a leval D5-D6 paraplegic, displacing himself on a manual wheelchair, having all the research and information being done by Filipe himself, without the help of others, which means that this is the most accurate information concerning the public spaces' using capability.
Filipe's injury is due to a sporting accident, on an enduro motorbike race, at the age of 22. Filipe has a degree in Mechanical Engineer, having stayed active in sport to the present day, being the only portuguese paraplegic free flight paragliding pilot, with his license having been obtained after the injury.
Due to the fact of being such an active individual, even though displacing himself on a wheelchair, Filipe aims to be able to pass on the information of the region where he lives to others, so they might enjoy one of the best places in the world to visit, as the prizes awarded can confirm.
World Travel Awards
Europe’s Leading Tourist Board 2008
Europe’s Leading Beach Destination 2012
Europe’s Leading Beach Destination 2013
Europe’s Leading Tourist Board 2014
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