Updated September 28th, 2022 by Travel the Greek Way

Ramp in Greek beaches for mobility-impaired

Do you wonder how best to visit Greece for mobility-impaired people? Are you a person with disabilities and you are concerned about visiting Greece? Or perhaps you care for an elderly relative and you are wondering about how best to visit Greece and how accessible the country is.

Source: Upcounsel

According to a report by UpCounsel, a US-based online marketplace for legal services, Greece is an accessible country for people with disabilities but needs to further improve its infrastructure.

Where to Stay in Plaka Athens - Acropolis Athens
Acropolis Hill

Read in this post about accessibility, how best to visit the most famous Greek sites, and what is the general status of Greece for mobility-impaired people. I have also included information on which beaches/hotels to choose in Greece if you are in a wheelchair.

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Greece for mobility-impaired people: The Positive

Access to Acropolis Museum
  1. The major museums all over Greece, are wonderfully accessible with ramps, and the staff is willing to take you to the lifts and lead you on shortcuts through the galleries; you only have to ask
  2. There are 159 beaches all over Greece that offer independent, free of charge, sea access for people with mobility issues (see details below in Greek Islands section)
  3. Most large resorts are equipped to host people with heavy motorized wheelchairs (will provide hotels below)
  4. All guide dogs are accepted everywhere
  5. Athens central pavements (sidewalks) are wheelchair friendly
  6. Metro and trains are wheelchair friendly
  7. You can drive/ be driven almost to all of the sites/hotels and park right outside
  8. Greeks are very friendly and always eager to help with directions or any other help you may need, please don’t be shy or feel embarrassed, just ask for help if you feel you need it

Greece for the mobility-impaired people: The Negative

Best Things to Do on Sikinos Island, remote chapel
Typical Cycladic Island Terrain

Greece’s terrain is comprised of 80% of mountains and both mainland and the Greek islands can be quite hilly, with many steps and difficult to navigate in certain areas for the elderly or people with walking disabilities/wheelchair

A usual pavement in Greece

The terrain can be uneven, the sidewalk’s surface can be broken or there might be a tree, they might have parked a car on the pavement, or any other obstacle you can think of on the sidewalk (not in central Athens though), with wobbly cobblestone streets on islands and mountain villages.

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Where Best to Stay in Athens for Mobily-Impaired

Areopagitou st in Athens Acropolis Greece
The area near Acropolis Museum

Stay in a hotel near one of the Metro stations like Acropolis or Syntagma. All of the Athens metro stations are wheelchair accessible by using the elevators at all levels of platforms. Two very nice hotels near Syntagma are Ergon House and Electra Metropolis.

Acropolis Hill

Acropolis Main Entrance with visitors
Acropolis Main Entrance

There are 2 entrances to Acropolis Hill but the best entrance for mobility-impaired people is the central, main one, across from Dionysus Parking, at the end of Rovertou Gkali st.

The lift in Acropolis Athens
Acropolis lift

From there, you can easily take the lift up to Acropolis. Find here details about how to get to the Acropolis lift and the map with the dotted routes for people in wheelchairs.

path to Theater of Dionysus in Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Second Entrance, close to Acropolis Museum

If you walk Acropolis, you should keep in mind that both Acropolis entrances are uphill with steps up to the Parthenon and the other Temples.

black and white cat at Propylaea Acropolis
Steps at Propylaea on Acropolis

Walking Acropolis with a cane is doable as long as you are OK with climbing steps and you can always take as much time as you may need.

Sounion Cape and the Temple of Poseidon

Me at the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion

Sounion Cape archaeological site has a paved area suitable for wheelchairs from the parking up to a certain point before the Temple. After that, there is a dirt road and if your chair is not a mechanical one, you may need some help for a few meters. After that, there is again a paved area to easily wheel and go around the Temple.

Accessible Peloponnese

Kalavrita mountain views in Peloponnese Greece with fog
Kalavrita in Peloponnese

Some of the Peloponnese’s sites might be a problem for accessibility as they have been built on mountains. But there are plenty of seaside towns, villages, and sites that are accessible and flat for your vacation. Find below some of Pelponnese’s most popular sites which may pose a difficulty for people with mobility issues.

Mystras

mystras and taygettus mountain in Greece hiking
Mystras top Castle

Mystras is a spectacular UNESCO site, which incorporates numerous elements of the late Byzantine and Turkish periods and the history of one of the most important administrative centers of the Peloponnese, built on a mountainside 5 km from Sparta.

a woman walking in UNESCO mystras castle
Mystras Steps

Mystras can be very challenging to visit as it has many steps and people on canes always find Mystras the toughest site to walk. I suggest you book a private guide for Mystras, meet him/her at the bottom of Mystras and drive to the top of the fortress so that you could tour while walking down, which will still be lots of stairs descending. The paths in Mystras are also very uneven, as well as some being steep.

Mystras lower part

If walking down the stairs is not possible, there is plenty to see from the lower entrance and places to sit around.

INFO: The Greek Ministry has promised that it will make the area wheelchair accessible by the end of 2023.

Best Accessibility Hotel in Mystras

Mystras Grand Palace Resort & Spa: This gorgeous property overlooking Mystras, offers 4 rooms on the ground floor level with a wonderful view of the garden. They are fully accessible with widened doors, and have a bathroom with a special layout and support bars for the comfort and convenience of guests. All areas of the hotel can be accessed. Check availability and prices on Booking.

Monemvasia

Monemvasia

Monemvasia will be relatively easy to walk around as long as you skip the Upper Town in Monemvasia which is a bit like Mystras and has a steep path to reach it. If you can walk slowly, and maybe use trekking poles, you can visit and see the site in an enjoyable fashion.

Best Accessibility Hotel in Monemvasia

ALKINOI RESORT AND SPA: Set by the Monemvasia seafront, the beautiful Alkinoi Resort has rooms specially designed for mobility-impaired people and access to all the facilities of the hotel. Check availability and prices on Booking.

Nafplion

nafplio in the Peloponnese aerial view
Nafplion

Central Nafplion is flat, but a part of the town is built on hills accessed mainly by steps so you better book a hotel that isn’t on a hillside. You can easily walk around Nafplion or if you wish to visit Palamidi fortress you can go there by car.

Best Accessibility Hotel in Nafplion

3 Sixty Hotel & Suites: A exceptionally decorated hotel in a beautiful historic building in the center of Nafplion, with one of the best fine cuisine restaurants in Nafplion and fully accessible for wheelchair users. Check availability and prices on Booking.

If you’re looking for deeper information, check out my in-depth Nafplion travel guide for a ton of details on accessing all these places.

Mycenae, Epidaurus, Ancient Olympia

4-day Peloponnese Itinerary,The Lions Gate in Mycenae UNESCO site in Greece
Mycenae Lion Gate

Mycenae, a UNESCO site, is a bit of an uphill hike from the Lion Gate. You can rest on one of the nice benches around with views of the lower ruins and the hills around the sites.

Ancient theater of Epidavros
Epidavros

Epidavros is flat, with a little bit of hike around, you shouldn’t have problems navigating the site. Read here more about the Sanctuary of Asclepios in Epidavros.

Ancient Olympia, a UNESCO site, is very easy to visit as it is a flat area.

Delphi Archaeological Site

Overview of Delphi Oracle archaeological site
Overview of Delphi area

Delphi, a UNESCO site, is not wheelchair accessible as it is placed on a hillside with a steep path,  rocky with some uneven stone steps. It can be done but I think it would be very difficult and whoever is handling the chair would have to be very fit.

You can visit the great Museum which is wheelchair accessible. Overall it’s a fantastic area and you can combine it with a visit to the traditional town of Arachova.

Read here a dedicated post on Delphi Site.

Meteora Monasteries

Kalambaka town between Meteora Monasteries
Meteora Rocks and Kalambaka town

The Meteora Monasteries, a UNESCO site, are located in mainland Greece, in the region of Thessaly, 347 km from Athens. Meteora is an extensive complex of gigantic sandstone rocks shadowing the local town Kalambaka.

Meteora Monasteries Roussanou entrance

On top of the megalithic rocks, an average of 300 meters above ground, are perched the 6 awe-inspiring Meteora Monasteries built by Greek Orthodox monks in the 14-15th century.

Most Monasteries have 150-300 steps to reach their entrance. The Monastery of the Holy Trinity has a cable car that you can use to go up. The Monastery of St Stefanos is the most accessible Monastery. There is a small solid bridge leading straight to the entry from the car park and only a couple of wide steps to enter the main complex.

Meteora Monasteries people climbing the stairs
Steps towards Meteora

Many people who can’t walk up the stairs, enjoy the driving of the loop around Meteora and stopping for pictures. Park, the nearest possible to each monastery entrance as they are good vantage points and fun to watch the hordes of tourists climbing up and down the many stairs, like lines of ants.

Meteora Monasteries Great meteoron steps

Read here a detailed article about which Meteora Monasteries are open on the day you are visiting, details of what to see, and most importantly the dress code.

Best Accessibility Hotel in Meteora

Theatro Hotel Odysseon: Every room is unique and its decoration is inspired by a famous theatrical play with Meteora and Pindos Mt views.  Check availability and prices on Booking.

Wheelchair and Greek Beaches Access

santorini-perissa mechanism for mobility impaired
Santorini Island in Perissa

There are currently 159 beaches all over Greece that offer independent sea access for people with mobility issues (free of charge). According to the site, ‘Most SEATRAC beaches also include additional amenities such as parking, a beach track, restrooms, changing rooms, shaded areas, and shower, all of which help to create a fully accessible and free day at the beach!’.

Corfu Island Seatrac System.

To find your destination beach in Greece check the SEATRAC website here. If you need help with finding your desired location leave a message here and will get back to you.

Best Greek Islands for Mobility-Impaired

Corfu Island

Corfu Palaiokastritsa

Corfu Island is one of the best Greek islands for mobility-impaired people. It has 4 beaches, Palaiokastritsa, Dasia, Ipsos & Mpenitses with the Seatrac installed, the beach bars, restaurants, and watersport centers have “adopted” the equipment and are easily accessible.

There are also free disabled parking spaces available in the New Town of Corfu.

Best Accessibility Hotel in Corfu

Angsana Corfu Resort

Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa: Located in a stunning setting in the Mpenitses area, Angsana Resort offers exceptional stay and service. Check availability and prices on Booking.

Rhodes Island

Rhodes Island

Rhodes is a stunning island and one of the most cosmopolitan travel destinations in Greece with an amazing history. Find here useful information on Rhodes and Accessibility: https://accessible-rhodes.com/en/

Best Accessibility Hotel in Rhodes town: Elakati Luxury Boutique Hotel

Santorini Island

Santorini sunset dusk caldera
Santorini

Santorini island is not wheelchair accessible, has many steps, the paths are narrow, cobbled, lots of steps up & down everywhere, and very crowded. However, the main pedestrian “street” in Oia is basically flat and smoothly paved with large slabs of marble tiles.

stone steps going downwards in Fira Santorini

Generally speaking, Santorini is not a very accessible island. Having said that, there are a few tips that you can follow and have a great time in stunning Santorini and many interesting places to visit:

Santorini Map with best things to do
  1. Let your hotel know that you have a mobility-impairment issue and they will organize your transport to their hotel
  2. There are Seatrak facilities on both Kamari and Perissa Black beaches, book your hotel there. You will pay considerably less to stay there than at a place overlooking the caldera and you can still travel to places overlooking the caldera during the day for the views. Kamari has loads of restaurants all along the beach road and there are no steps (or very few)! The best Hotel full accessible to wheelchairs in Kamari is Secret Earth Villas – Santorini and Perissa is Amaryllis Hotel
  3. Go to Megalochori, mainland Santorini no steps, easy parking, and still a caldera view, but you would need a car to get around. Stay at the  Grand View – Megalochori Santorini 

Suggested Gear to Use during your visit to Greece

Hiking poles:

They offer adjustable height, slip-resistant rubber tip, and an ergonomic handle:

Life Space Saver Rollator

A Foldable Compact Rollator with a Convenient Perch Seat:

Non-slip shoes

Soft and lightweight ECCO PHORENE anti-slippery sole and with the style and expertise of Danish shoemakers

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Evgenia 
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