Yesterday we filled you in on the five best European capitals to visit for an accessible holiday, so today it’s time to check out the other side of Compare the Market’s new study. While yesterday recommended the best, today we show you the places where there are still lots of strides to be made in terms of access for disabled people.
5. Tirana, Albania
There are more coffee houses in Albania than anywhere in the world, so coffee lovers might be disappointed to find the Albanian capital at 34th on the list, with a tragic 2% of its accommodation accessible and no council plan currently in place to try and improve accessibility.
4. Sofia, Bulgaria
For lovers of architecture, Sofia is an ideal holiday destination, with the city displaying a huge assortment of architectural styles on display that are, by and far, breathtakingly beautiful. Unfortunately for those who treasure the majesty of Russian Orthodox architecture, Sofia landed at number 35 on the list, as only 4% of its accommodation is accessible, and less than 1% of its attractions are accessible.
3. Belgrade, Serbia
In 2008, the Times reported that the European holiday destination, former capital of Yugoslavia had the best nightlife in the world, and a Lonely Planet ranking one year later agreed. Belgrade is hailed for its cheap and cheerful bar scene, but unfortunately, the city ranked 36th on Compare the Market’s list of accessible capitals. Only 2% of its accommodation and attractions are accessible, but at least their airport is. Small mercies?
2. Kiev, Ukraine
Fans of HBO’s latest (and greatest, please don’t @ me) mini-series Chernobyl will be disappointed to learn that the location of the National Museum of Chernobyl, one of – if not the finest – places to learn about the disaster outside of Pripyat itself, ranked second to last on the list of most accessible capital cities, at number 37. 1% of its accommodation and 3% of its attractions are accessible, but again, at least you’ll be able to get out of the airport, which is accessible.
1. Chișinău, Moldova
Dragging its heels at the bottom of the list is the Moldovian capital, Chișinău. The capital features a host of incredible museums and monuments which document the numerous tragedies which occurred in the country during World War Two and beyond: the mass deportations of Moldovians under communism, and the victims of the conflict in Transnistria, amongst others. Unfortunately, as only 3% of its accommodation is accessible and absolutely none of its attractions are accessible (yes, read that again, zero), it’ll be near impossible for some history buffs to visit the beautiful city.
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