BARCELONA BABY

Barcelona, the city of fiestas and siestas, is proud of its reputation for inclusiveness, diversity and accessibility. With this in mind, you will not be surprised to find flat streets, ramps and accessible activities abound.

Activities: La Sagrada Familia is currently undergoing a renovation that will make it safer and more accessible. In the meantime, Gaudi's spectacular architecture can be experienced at La Pedrera (otherwise known as Casa Milà), which is fitted with ramps on most levels and adapted bathrooms. Feel free to email accessibilitat@fcatalunyalapedrera.com with any concerns.

Other lovely ways to pass the day include visiting the Picasso museum, meandering down the Barceloneta beach, checking out the Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village – a village-style marketplace of food, craft, art and shops) or going on the ‘Easy Walking Tour’ of the Gothic Quarter. This accessible one-hour tour (running on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month) has an itinerary adapted to your needs and will guide you through the Roman origins and fascinating history of Barcelona's oldest district.

Dining: Of course, after a day spent in the Barcelona sun, you'll be looking for a little relaxation in the evenings... And what better way to spend your evening than with tapas and flamenco dancing!

We recommend 'Tablao Flamenco Cordobes' - a historic venue, located in tourist hub Las Ramblas, that features "living legends of flamenco and young revelations". Shows run every night of the week and prices range from 39-54 euros.

For more information, check out their website here: www.pureflamencobarcelona.com

Transport: Barcelona's tube system is much calmer than London's - the crowds are significantly smaller and many stations can be accessed via a lift on the street, as seen in this photo.

Once underground, wider entrance points are often provided for wheelchairs. Accessible stations are marked on the metro map, however, the only line fully fitted out with lifts is Line 2. For the full tube map, go to: http://www.tmb.cat/en/mapa-metro-barcelona

Buses are an excellent alternative - every bus has an access ramp and seating area, the bus drivers are helpful and the air conditioning provides a very welcome refuge from the heat!

Accommodation: See this article for recommendations of accessible hotels in Barcelona: http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/faq/accommodation/hotels/wheelchair-accessible-hotels-in-barcelona.html

Experiences: Click below to hear about the experiences of tourists with disabilities in Barcelona:

http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/transport/disabled/disabled-tourist-visitor-experiences-barcelona.html

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