7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Accessible Barcelona20 September 2018
Barcelona is a very popular tourist destination, especially with wheelchair-users - in fact, it had over 8 million international visitors last year, making it the 12th most visited city in the world in 2017. Not only is the seaside city home to a warm climate, history, art and world-class accommodation, it also boasts great accessibility, with the Catalonia tourist board focused on providing experiences without limits for disabled people. If you still need convincing, keep reading to find out 7 reasons why you should visit Barcelona on your next accessible holiday.
1) It's a city break and a beach holiday combined
A holiday to Barcelona really does give you the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the vibrancy of a city break, but still indulge in the relaxation of a beach holiday.
The city is home to a fantastic accessible beach with a flat promenade, an accessible walkway to the water, a lifting crane and adapted changing facilities. Lifeguards can also assist wheelchair-users in getting in and out of the water.
2) It's a hub of creative culture, so it's ideal for art-lovers
Barcelona is a city defined by its unique historical architecture and its artistic culture.
While you're there, you can visit the Gaudi-designed Sagrada Familia Church, which is also home to an impressive art collection. While there are a few elements of the church that aren't wheelchair-accessible, there are options for wheelchair-users who visit.
Head to the Gothic Quarter, which is steeped in medieval hisotry, to find the Picasso Museum. The museum is the place to visit to discover more about the famous Spanish artisit and the disabled access is fantastic.
3) But there are accessible activities to suit everyone's tastes, including sports fans...
If you're more interested in the beautiful game than beautiful paintings, we've got you covered.
We can arrange accessible football packages to the Nou Camp Stadium, FC Barcelona's home ground which includes accessible match tickets, transfers to and from the ground and ticket delivery during football seas on as part of your disabled holiday package.
4) ...and adventure-seekers
If you're looking to make some truly once-in-a-lifetime memories, why not choose some more adventurous activities to do?
We can arrange adapted kayaking, cycling, hot air ballooning, boating and so much more, so be sure to ask us when you enquire if that's of interest to you.
5) It's easy to get around
Barcelona has a high standard of accessibility, so you can explore independently and at your own pace.
There are broad pavements suitable for wheelchair-users and plenty of accessible public transport options - the buses are 100% accessible with retractable ramps for wheelchair-access and some underground stations have lifts to provide step-free access. There're taxi's with wheelchair-access to, please pre-book when you can to guarantee this service.
6) There's a great atmosphere (and nightlife)
The city has a unique atmosphere because there is so much going on there.
It is friendly and bohemian, with a relaxed feeling by the beach and a busier, bustling feelng around Las Ramblas and in the city centre. Barcelona's cosmopolitan nature runs through its nightlife, into the live music that spills from the bars and venues and into the taverns and lounges that offer visitors a more relaxed evening out.
There is also a fantastic dining scene in Barcelona for those looking for a more refined way to spend their time.
7) The choice of adapted accommodation is great
There is an excellent range of accessible hotels and facilities in Barcelona.
We have more than fifteen hotels in Barcelona, featured online and in our brochures, that have been audited for accessibility.
A firm favourite is the 4* Ilunion Barcelona, a sleek and contemporary hotel, with adapted features including: wheel-in shower, shower chair, grab rails, pool hoist and Roman-style steps into the pool.
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