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.

Colorful Oia town in Santorini island
Oia, Santorini

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.

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Plaka Anafiotika in Athens and Acropolis Hill

Read 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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Athens Quick Reference

  • Where to stay in Athens with stunning Acropolis view: Niche Hotel or The Foundry Suites
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  • Greece for mobility-impaired people: The Positive

    A woman on a wheelchair accessing Acropolis Museum in Athens
    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 194 accessible beaches all over Greece that offer independent, free-of-charge, sea access for people with mobility issues (see details below in the 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 (or even impossible) to navigate in certain areas for the elderly or people with walking disabilities /wheelchairs.

    A usual pavement in Greece
    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.

    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 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.

    Park for People with Disabilities in Athens Riviera, Ellinikon

    A theme park for people with disabilities is to be constructed in the coastal suburb of Ellinikon, one of the areas in Athens Riviera.  The park will include pools and treatment areas and will be able to cater to the needs of some 500 children with disabilities and people with multiple sclerosis. As soon as they have put the project together, I will post the info here.

    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 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 and taygettus mountain in Greece hiking
    Mystras top Castle

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

    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 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.


    nafplio in the Peloponnese aerial view

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 an uphill hike from the Lion Gate. There is a paved path that you can use if you are in a wheelchair which is taking you to most of the site.

    If you are on a cane, you can rest on one of the nice benches around with views of the lower ruins and the hills around the sites.

    Mycenae Treasury of Atreus, a domed tomb
    Treasury of Atreus, a domed tomb

    The entrance to the Treasury of Atreus, the most impressive domed Mycenean tomb in Greece, is a few hundred meters far from the Mycenean Palace. The ground is dirt and comparatively easy to visit by wheelchair or cane.

    Ancient theater of Epidavros

    Epidaurus archaeological site 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 the 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. 

    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 north of Athens. Meteora is an extensive complex of gigantic sandstone rocks shadowing the local town of Kalabaka.

    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 ride of the loop around Meteora and stop for pictures. I would suggest stopping at 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 194 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 at the end of this post and I 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 9 beaches with the Seatrac installed, and the beach bars, restaurants, and watersport centers have “adopted” the equipment and are easily accessible. See all available beaches in Corfu here.

    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, large island and one of the most cosmopolitan travel destinations in Greece with an amazing history. Find here useful information on Rhodes and Accessibility:

    Best Accessibility Hotel in Rhodes town: Elakati Luxury Boutique Hotel

    Santorini Island

    Santorini Oia

    Santorini island is not wheelchair accessible, has many steps, the paths are narrow, and cobbled, with lots of steps up and down everywhere, and very crowded in summer. 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
    Fira in Santorini

    Generally speaking, Santorini is not an accessible island. But if you do want to visit you can, you just have to find a hotel in a flat area and use private driving around the island. Find below some useful tips for your visit to Santorini:

    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 fully accessible to wheelchairs in Kamari beach is the Secret Earth Villas – Santorini and in Perissa beach is the Amaryllis Hotel
    3. Go to Megalochori, in mainland Santorini which has 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 
    4. Read here some of the most enjoyable things you to do in Santorini.

    Suggested Gear to Use during your visit to Greece

    Hiking poles:

    They offer adjustable height, slip-resistant rubber tips, and an ergonomic handle. Find them on Amazon here.

    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.

    How to Get to Athens Port (Piraeus) from Athens Airport

    • Bus: If you are arriving at Athens International Airport you can travel straight to the port by taking the X96 express bus (€5.5, children <6 yo, free entrance), which departs every 40 minutes and the average trip lasts 1 hour – runs 24/7.
    • Metro: (€9 ) is easily found across airport arrivals (blue line – M3) going directly to Piraeus port. The average trip to Piraeus lasts 1 hour.
    • Taxis are available in front of the airport (around €40 to Athens, €55-60 to Piraeus (depending on the traffic in Kifisos), and take up to 3 or 4 people with small luggage)
    • Rent a car with Discover cars to rent reliable new cars at affordable prices
    • You don’t like driving but love hassle-free solutions? Book a Private transfer with an English-speaking driver from Athens International Airport to Piraeus Ferries, or anywhere else in Greece
    • Check out here a full post on Lavrio Port in Athens

    Are you going to Greece this year, do you have any exciting travel news? Let me know what you did in the comments, I’d love to hear whether I managed to help you! Till next time, Evgenia❤️

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