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Monaco’s beach accessible to all

Monaco’s beach accessible to all

By Stephanie Horsman - July 16, 2021

The newly reopened Larvotto Beach and complex is now equipped with special devices to help the visually and physically handicapped spend days in the sun in safety and security. 

Who doesn’t like a good beach day? A simple outing many of us take for granted can be a difficult task when a person has limited mobility or is sight impaired. In order to give everyone the same chance to enjoy fun in the sun, the Department of Action and Social Aid, the Soroptimist Club of Monaco and four trained helpers have joined together to create the Handiplage/Audioplage site for summer 2021.

Inaugurated at Larvotto Beach, the site has four “handiplagists”, trained helpers located to the right of the jetty during the months of July and August every day from 10am to 5pm, to assist beachgoers who have special needs.

For the physically challenged, there are four tirolo floating chairs that are equipped with comfortable reclining seats and big tyres, making crossing the sand a cinch, as well as allowing for cooling dips in the sea.

For those with limited sight, the beach offers a sound beacon system to make getting around convenient.

Toilets, showers, a ramp from the sea and specially adapted parking are also available.

Additionally, a three-hour parking package is available for those using the service as an added incentive to get them out and enjoying the beach. Booking is obligatory for the Audio service and can be done on +33 6 78 63 09 41.

 

 

Photo by the National Council of Monaco

 

 

 

 

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