Disabled in Croatia: Access, Beaches & City Guides

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Information for the people with disabilities in Croatia is hard to find online. An overview of some city guides, blog impressions and useful numbers.

People with disabilities in Croatia – How Many Are There?

According to the Croatian Public Health Institute, there are more than half a million (11.9%) of people with registered disabilities in Croatia. These are broken down into the following sections:

150.000 (30%) are people with movability issues

130.000 (25%) mental illness

120,000 (23%) other organs

93,000 (18.2%) nerve system damage

25,000 (4.8%) intellectual disability

23,000 (4.4%) voice communication disability

17,000 (3.4%) sight disability

13.000 (2.6%) hearing disability

150.000 (30%) multiple disabilities

Who advocates for people with disabilities in Croatia?

There are a number of institutions dealing with disabled affairs in Croatia. Here are the most useful contacts:

The best wheelchair accessible beaches in Croatia

There is sadly little information currently available. But perhaps the blogging experiences of disabled travellers do the best job at explaining the situation. Here is a great one, even though it is from 2007

However, more efforts have been made in recent years to improve beach access for people with disabilities in Croatia. You can find the 7 recommended beaches for the less mobile here.

A guide to Zagreb for visitors with disabilities, including maps of user-friendly institutions.

The most comprehensive guide of information about visitors with disabilities to Zagreb was published in early 2017, by Total Zagreb.

In addition to using the city as a traveller with a disability, there are several Google Maps. These maps show, for instance, the institutions, museums etc., that are accessible for the less mobile traveller. There is also information about public transport help. Learn more about Zagreb for persons with disabilities

Split for people with disabilities

A holiday guide for a guest with disabilities in the Dalmatian capital.

You might also want to read another interesting article on the topic: Travelling in a wheelchair in Split?

Another really great piece was written by a Split expat resident after she was visited by her father who uses a wheelchair: Wheelchair travel in Split, Trogir, Krka, Brač, Salona and Croatian Ferries

How easy it is to get around Dubrovnik as a tourist with a disability?

To find out more about how you might enjoy the Pearl of the Adriatic, take a look at what is possible with reduced mobility in Dubrovnik.

Visitors with disabilities in Zadar

Similarly, here’s a guide to Zadar for the people with disabilities

Resources in Pula for person with disabilities

What to see and how to get around in Pula.

Facilities in Rijeka to help people with disabilities

Getting around Rijeka as a traveller with disabilities.

Finally, to get the latest news on issues related to the people with disabilities in Croatia, follow the dedicated TCN page.

If you have any more links or information to help add to this page as a resource, we would love to hear from you. Contact [email protected] Subject Disabled in Croatia.


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