The Miralpeix in Occitania, France

The Miralpeix in Occitania, France
Photo by: Lluis Jardi (Stock Exchange)

In today’s Disabled Travelers adventure, we’ll be hitting Languedoc-Roussillon, France, and Le Marche, Italy!

If these locales are new to you, fear not: they were pointed out to us by CNBC’s “Best Places to Retire Outside the U.S.” series, a trail that we’ve been following on the Disabled Travelers blog for the last few weeks.

As DT fans may already know, we’ve passed through both Italy and France on previous trips.

This time, though, we’re zooming in on two of the countries’ “best kept secrets.”

Grab your travel companions and let’s go!

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

For those unfamiliar, this is an area of southeastern France actually bordered by Spain, known for its great number of vineyards and deep connection with the ancient Occitan culture. Rugby is also very popular there, and tourists are quite welcome!

First up is Global Access News, with an extended travelogue on Languedoc-Roussillon. There’s a lot of terrific facts here on disabled hotels and accessible attractions. The portion on Languedoc-Roussillon is extremely helpful, but I would actually look to this as a jumping off point for any France trip. It’s a good general overview that will serve you equally well in Paris, for example.

Looking to book disabled hotels online or find tour operators? You can get into the swing of things with the official Languedoc-Roussillon Tourism Board website. There are also quite a few special offers to be had on the site, which is available entirely in English as well as many other languages.

Le Marche, Italy

Le Marche is a region of central Italy, famous for its rivers and picturesque coasts. There are a lot of strong resources online for the area, including TripAdvisor’s selection of wheelchair accessible vacation rentals. Check out Marche Voyager for a comprehensive overview of accommodations, art, gastronomy, and much more. Start with The Essential Marche to know when to go and where to start. Le Belle Marche describes itself as a travel and tourism guide to the region, and can help more directly with accommodations and events.

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of dedicated accessible travel resources for the area. You can piece together a few things from the sites above, but also consider Accessible Journeys’ Accessible Travel Packages for Italy. Also valuable: My earlier posts on accessible travel in Rome and Venice to Florence include a lot of more general travel info that could help out with Le Marche.

Our ongoing series still includes stops in Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Portugal, and Spain, so we hope you’ll be tuning in to Disabled Travelers again this time next week — and every Friday — for more on the latest in disabled access and wheelchair accessible travel. We sure appreciate your visit; have a wonderful week!


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