Adaptive sailing in Europe
If you think sailing is an expensive and elitist outdoors activity, think again: these associations in Italy are making sailing accessible and affordable - if not totally free.
If you are looking for ideas for you next holiday, and you don't just want to go to the beach, but do something new, we have a few suggestions on where to go to learn how to sail a boat. Sounds far-fetched? Not at all, and here are some of our favourite associations that not only make it safe and accessible, but also incrdibly fun - and affordable.
Sailing in Italy
From North to South, Italy is not only one of the countries in Europe with the longest (and most beautiful - sorry I am Italian and totally biased) coastline, but also one that offers quote a number of adaptive sailing schools.
North: Friuli Venezia Giulia
Let's start North, and explore Friuli Venezia Giulia. In this beautiful region, between Venice and Slovenia, you can find two adaptive sailing schools: Tiliaventum and Duino 25° Nord.
At a short distance one from the other, you can choose depending on your preferences, or the availability of an accessible accommodation.
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Let's start with Tiliaventum in Lignano Sabbiadoro: created in XXX, this association has adapted all kinds of water sports, not only they have sailing boats that wheelchair users can navigate, but also adapted kitesurf, wakeboard and SUP.
The team is experienced and counts experts and volunteers who will make a day out with them incredible fun. They speak English too, so you can be sure that communication will not be an issue!
You will be welcomed by Daniele Passoni, founder of Tiliaventum, and you can discuss with him and his team the best options for you to approach sailing - and the other available sports. Perk of the location: a short walk away is a beautiful adapted sandy beach where you can chill when you are not sailing - and Lignano counts a number of accessible accommodation options.

A few Km away is the village of Duino, an ancient fishermen village now transformed in a modern marina. Here, kids and adults with mobility, learning and cognitive disabilities can learn how to sail on Hansa boats: a hoist is used to lower the person in these small boats, which are built in a way that makes them unsinkable, and safe for everyone. The sailing school takes place in a safe harbour, making it the best activity for beginners - and here too the young team of trainers speaks very well English and is happy to welcome groups of tourists eager to learn sailing!

We go a bit further South and reach Naples: what could be more beautiful than sailing with a view on the Vesuvius volcano? You can join sailing courses with Hansa boats also with the local association Peepul: they have years of experience and are a very fun bunch of locals.


Belgium
Wondering what wheeling in Bruges is like? Preview your itinerary with Emmanuel's videos (aka WheelsPOV on YouTube).
Museums in Bruges by wheelchair
WheelPOV is the YouTube channel of Emmanuel, a Bruges local who loves to show people how to move about by wheelchair in his city.
Bruges by wheelchair
The full tour of the city from the wheelchair Point of View: enjoy!
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Hidden spots

Erik's tips on Bruges


Great view of Bruges: head up to the terrace and café of the ConcertHall of Bruges! All the venue is wheelchair accessible - if you love music - you should also book a concert.

For Chocolate: definitively search for the Chocolate Line. Ring, and someone comes right away with a portable ramp to let you into chocolate paradise.

Hidden pearl: the Jerusalem Chapel and the Adornes Estate, a medieval church and private home (with partial access, so check here for some info on the accessibility)


Toiles, toilets, toilets