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Disabled City Break Holidays in Barcelona

Park Guell at sunset, Barcelona

Locations in Barcelona

Park Guell at sunset, Barcelona

One of Europe’s most accessible cities, Barcelona is a fantastic destination for a disabled-friendly holiday, with lots to see and do for people of all abilities.

Famous landmarks, shopping streets and beaches are wheelchair friendly, and the city benefits from a highly accessible public transport system, making getting around easy.

A city with a rich cultural heritage, Barcelona exhibits over 2,000 years of architectural wonders, plus months of beautiful sunshine, sandy shores, exquisite cuisine and a laidback, easygoing atmosphere.

Shoppers should first head to Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s most famous walkway. Home to dozens of street cafés, stalls and entertainers, it’s where you’ll find La Boqueria, one of the Continent’s largest markets. Here you can take in all manner of authentic Catalan sights and smells, such as huge hams, fragrant cheeses, fresh seafood, and oodles of fruit, spices and herbs.

Both Las Ramblas and the area around La Boqueria are flat, making them easy to enjoy for people of all mobility requirements. Also accessible is the Port Olímpic marina, with its array of seafood restaurants, bars and clubs, and the Glories shopping centre, a spacious modern mall that’s less crowded than Las Ramblas.

The Gothic Quarter in the Old Town is level, too, and largely free of cobblestones. The neighbourhood displays a fusion of buildings dating from Roman times to the 20th century and includes Barcelona Cathedral and the exceptional Picasso Museum among its sights.

Barcelona also boasts eight accessible sandy beaches, complete with extended wooden platforms, beach wheelchairs and disabled toilet facilities at regular intervals.

The most popular is Barceloneta, which has ramps down to its sands, and a wide, smooth concrete walkway. Another wooden walkway leads to the water’s edge, and there are accessible changing rooms and toilets, as well as preferential zones for disabled bathers.

From June to September an assisted bathing service is available, which helps individuals or groups with limited mobility enjoy the sea with the aid of hoists, amphibious wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs and water crutches.

Barceloneta beach, Barcelona

Accessible attractions

In addition to its beaches and commercial districts, Barcelona has a huge selection of accessible landmarks and attractions. Frequently heading up itineraries are some of the masterworks of Antoni Gaudí, the native Catalan artist who helped define much of the city’s distinctive modern architecture.

Three of his best-known achievements are La Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló and Park Güell – all of which have disabled access.

La Sagrada Família is Barcelona’s most recognisable sight, a monumental spiring basilica that was Gaudí’s obsession. Still a work in progress, it continually offers something new for returning visitors, millions of whom come every year to admire its magnificent facades, statues and stained-glass windows. Admission is free for visitors with disabilities and their companions.

Originally an unattractive townhouse, Casa Batlló was completely remodelled by Gaudí into a brightly coloured, almost otherworldly construction that now enjoys Word Heritage Site status. The Casa provides suitable wheelchairs to use in its lift, and features Braille signage, printed guides for the hearing-impaired and audio guides in English.

Park Güell is another site that looks like it came out of the pages of a storybook. Easily accessible via public transport (the wheelchair-adapted 24 and 92 buses stop directly outside), it has a wheelchair-accessible route that allows visitors to behold the best of Gaudí’s work.

Also worthy of special mention is the Picasso Museum. Housed in five contiguous medieval mansions, it features over 4,000 works relating to the famous artist, with a particular emphasis on his formative years. The museum is completely accessible, with wheelchairs available for those who require them.

Other accessible attractions include: the Joan Miró museum, the Catalan National Art Museum (MNAC), the Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona (MACBA), Palau Güell, the CosmoCaixa science museum, the Botanic Gardens, the Barcelona Aquarium, Casa de les Punxes, the Maritime Museum, Santa Maria del Mar basilica and more.

Casa Battlo facade, Barcelona

Getting around

Barcelona is one of just a few cities in which 100 percent of the buses are wheelchair accessible. The vast majority of metro stations also have wheelchair access, and adapted taxis are available for hire. In addition Barcelona’s tram network has low-floor access from the platforms and ramps to the doors, as well as areas reserved for wheelchair users.

Streets feature dropped kerbs, tactile paving and flashing and audible crossings, while the promenades along the beach and marinas are wide and flat.

City sightseeing bus tours are widely available and accessible, with concessions sometimes offered to disabled travellers. Accessible walking tours that take in many of the top sights are also available.

Book accessible transfers and tours with DisabledHolidays.com

We can book accessible transfers for your holiday to Barcelona. This means you will be met at the airport terminal and escorted to your destination in a comfortable, safe and fully accessible adapted vehicle – without delays or queues.

Modern accessible vehicles are driven by chauffeurs trained to work with wheelchair users and are adapted to international standards and fitted with the latest safety devices. With 80 vehicles available in the fleet, it’s a very flexible service that can accommodate large groups as well as individual travellers.

Barcelona accessible wheelchair tour

Tours and excursions for wheelchair users and slow walkers

All tours and excursions in Barcelona are suitable for:

  • Wheelchair users
  • Powerchair users
  • Scooter users
  • Slow walkers
  • English speakers
  • Spanish speakers
  • The hearing-impaired (signing available in Spanish/Catalan – other languages available on request)

What's available with our disabled holidays in Barcelona?

  • Accessible accommodation – guaranteed
  • Flights
  • Adapted transfers
  • Mobility equipment hire – wheelchairs, hoists, shower chairs and electric beds
  • Attractions and days out
  • Financial protection
  • Our award-winning service

Accessible private transport in Barcelona

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