Spain is becoming increasingly prepared for accessible tourism–tourism for everyone. Enormous efforts are being made to eliminate barriers and providing access to cultural and natural resources, creating standards for transport as well as building and urban planning. There are numerous monuments, museums, nature areas, accommodations, and restaurants offering services and activities that are partially or totally accessible in Spain for travelers with wheelchairs or some other disability.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the home of Gaudi architecture. It is definitely is a very interesting city and one of the top European accessible destinations. Barcelona offers, among other things, three essential factors that makes for an unforgettable trip:
- Excellent Weather: August is the hottest month with an average temperature of 24ºC, and the coldest is January at 10ºC, but we are one of the cities with a higher percentage of daily sunshine hours.
- Excellent Gastronomy: Mediterranean gastronomy is well-known for its variety. You should delight your palate with our specialties such a “paella”(bread with tomato) or a Spanish omelette and don’t forget to taste some of the fabulous wines.
- Excellent people: Barcelona is a very cosmopolitan city where you will find lots of happy people from around the world. Approximately 7 million visitors come to Barcelona each year.
An estimated 20% of all visitors to Barcelona, have a disability, mental or physical, with a high proportion being users of wheelchairs. Accessible by air from most international and European airports, and also accessible from most major Spanish cities by high speed train connection. Ideally situated, offers a great variety of leisure options: from relaxing in the beach (there are three accessible beaches), go shopping or having a picnic, to enjoy many of their museums and/or art galleries. It is also a centre from which to explore Costa Brava, one of the most beautiful coast of the Mediterranean sea. And also you can plan a journey to visit Montserrat Monastery. These are only a few examples of many other possibilities.
Most of the city’s tourist establishments, from museums and restaurants to hotels and apartments, have adapted their facilities to accommodate society functional diversity. The city’s museums and cultural centres are designed to ensure that people with special needs are able to get the most out of their events and facilities.
Do not forget Gaudi’s architecture, inspired by nature, with its religious reminiscences and Baroque shapes. The three highlights of Gaudi’s works are: Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, and La Pedrera. You will find adapted tours for all of them, previous availability and booking.
Undoubtedly one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cities. Madrid is an all-encompassing city, with an endless array of leisure, art and culture, entertainment, gastronomy and shopping activities. Committed to accessibility and tourism, in recent years the city has taken great efforts to adapt and improve its tourism infrastructures.
One initiative that reflects the city’s commitment to accessible tourism has been the creation and adaptation of tours for disabled visitors. Since 2004, the Official Guided Tours Program has increased and enriched its offer with some standard guided routes for all types of people regardless of whether they have disabilities or not; and also with the creation of guided tours adapted for people with physical, visual, hearing and mental disabilities, which in this case, are free.
Madrid offers 250 tourist resources adapted for the disabled, of which 143 are hotels, 42 museums, 28 restaurants, 14 theaters, and 14 shopping centers.Enjoy its excellent cuisine, its artistic and historical heritage, its people open and friendly. Come and enjoy any of our affordable city tours and excursions nearby such as Toledo or Segovia. Madrid offers multiple entertainment options for you and your family. The areas most charming and most popular of the city that you can not miss are the Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace , Prado Museum, shopping in Gran Via , Puerta del Sol, Plaza España and much more.
Valencia has a modern communications network that makes it easily accessible from major Spanish and European cities. Only 3 hours by train from Barcelona and Madrid, it is the perfect escape. This is a fairly accessible city for people with reduced mobility or disabilities. Both its public transport and the general accessibility of the old town, monuments , museums, and so on.
What surprise you most of Valencia is the extrovert character of its people, and its offer of unmatched leisure and cultural activities. It is a city that can easily be visited in a day or two, but certainly will not disappoint you. How about a walk through the old town and enjoy a paella, a typical Valencian dish?
About what to visit in this city, apart from its historical center and cathedral, you can not miss “The City of Arts and Sciences” where science, nature and arts, come together in one of the major complexes of science and culture in Europe.
Another advantage of Valencia is enjoying their beaches. Located in the Mediterranean, the best time to visit this city is in spring or summer, and enjoy its excellent weather, or take a dip in one of its accessible and equipped beaches for people with disabilities.
#4 MALAGA (COSTA DEL SOL)
It is located in Andalusia, south of Spain. The capital is the city of Malaga, where the painter Pablo Picasso was born and has monuments like the Alcazaba. In Malaga it is celebrated the Holy Week, declared of International Tourist Interest. Stands the city of Marbella, known by many as the golf capital of Europe.
Inside, highlights the beautiful architecture of the white villages and the historic center of cities like Ronda. It also has more than 15 protected natural areas.
Its cuisine is largely based on fried fish, like anchovies, mullet, mackerel and typical recipes such as gazpacho.
The city of Malaga is a destination recognized for its efforts to implement accessibility in architecture, urban space and utilities. From long beaches equipped with all services, to hidden coves surrounded by natural areas. The magnificent weather, with over 320 days of sunshine a year, and more than 160 kilometers of coastline, makes Malaga and the Costa del Sol the perfect destination to escape in any season. If you are looking for relaxation, sunshine, entertainment and unforgettable moments, this is your perfect destination.
We strongly recommend “Las Piedras” country house. It is a very special house, set in the Axarquia, in the province of Malaga. 100% accessible, offers accommodation for people in wheelchairs. They have their own accessible transportation and offers airport transfers and excursions. The Cottage is just half an hour from the beaches of the Costa del Sol, and only an hour from Malaga and the airport. In a stunning countryside with beautiful views, ideal for exploring the area of the Axarquía and the best of Andalusia.
Granada is much more than a capital city. Granada is a tourism city, due to its monuments and the closeness of its ski station, as well as the historic area known as “La Alpujarra” and also the coast of Granada known as “Tropical coast”. Among its historic buildings, the Alhambra is one of the largest in the country, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984, along with the garden of the Generalife and the Albaicin. Its cathedral is considered the first Renaissance church in Spain.
Granada is a city that receives many visitors, both national and international, thanks to its extensive artistic and monumental, cultural and ethnological heritage, including its Spring Festival (Holly Easter). There is also an increasing sport tourism, due to the existence of a major ski resort (Sierra Nevada). In there, you will find accessible activities to do, among others, adapted skiing.
#6 MAJORCA (BALEARIC ISLANDS)
Palma de Mallorca is the largest island of the Balearic Islands. The most striking of the island are its idyllic landscapes, unspoiled and pristine coves, and dream places you can visit during all year.Cala Estancia, Palma Beach, Ciudad Jardin , Can Pere Antoni and Cala Major are some of its accessible and equipped beaches for people with disabilities. Palma becomes an ideal place for water activities such adapted diving, and guaranteed relaxation 365 days of year. The accessibility areas in the beaches of Palma have a number of specific infrastructure and staff to access the beach and to meet their needs
But not only you will find fantastic beaches, but be able to realize different routes and accessible activities like visiting the Palma Aquarium , the Natural Park of Albufera , go to museums , try their typical dish the ” Tumbet “, diving with sharks , and much more. Let yourself be seduced by the nature of the island, just 30 minutes flight from Barcelona.
As I said before, Mallorca is struggling to grow day by day in accessibility issues, and has increased its hotel infrastructure adapted for people with mobility difficulties, so it will not be difficult to find accommodation adapted to your needs on this wonderful island.
#7 TENERIFE (CANARY ISLANDS)
Tenerife is the largest of the seven islands that make up the Canary Islands. Tenerife is a volcanic island and In the center of the island, the Caldera de Las Cañadas, the impressive cone of Teide (3.718m.), the highest point of the island and of the Spanish territory. The rugged island terrain and the variety of climates has produced a territory of many landscapes and forms, from the Teide National Park up to Los Gigantes cliffs with their vertical walls, going through semi-desert areas, tropical and subtropical crops , areas of laurel forests, and extensive pine forests.
The great climate and landscape diversity of Tenerife correspond to a wealth of ecosystems, each with its characteristic flora and fauna.Las Vistas beach, located in the south of the island, is one of only two national beaches that offers the adapted bathroom service all year, that is why they have been awarded. This beach is one of the best in Spain thanks to its facilities (boardwalk without barriers, ramps, walkways, locker rooms, solarium with umbrellas, chairs and water crutches) and accompanying service to the sea. This service offered by a team of specialist rescuers specialized in caring of disabled swimmers, are provided free of charge and daily (Monday to Sunday).
The island has a mild climate (average temperature of 23°C) and about 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, it has become the ideal place to significantly improve the health and quality of life for the thousands of tourists who choose it every year.
Playa de Los Cristianos (Playa de Las Americas) is the tourist area equipped with accessible hotels, walkways without barriers facing the sea, where many shopping facilities are provided. Charming tourist resorts, adapted to the needs of tourists with disabilities, who have positioned itself as the second most visited destination in the world for tourists with mobility issues.