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Travelling in Barcelona for People with Disabilities

Barcelona, with its vibrant culture, stunning architecture, and rich history, is a city that captivates travellers from around the globe. For people with disabilities, exploring this enchanting destination may seem daunting at first glance, but Barcelona is committed to ensuring accessibility for all. With careful planning and the right resources, individuals with disabilities can embark on unforgettable adventures in this iconic city.

A panorama of Beautiful Barcelona, a city which tries hard to be accessible for people with disabilities

One of the key aspects of accessible travel in Barcelona is the city's commitment to improving infrastructure and accommodation for people with disabilities. Many tourist attractions, including iconic landmarks such as Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, have wheelchair ramps, elevators, and accessible pathways. This makes them more inclusive and welcoming to all visitors.

La Sagrada Familia famous landmark and tourist attraction

These attractions are usually very busy though, so booking is advised. It is also difficult to battle your way through crowds if in a wheelchair or using a scooter. You may have to queue for some considerable time, however, so be prepared for this. If you can't stand for a long time, a portable stool or walker with seat might be helpful. You may also want to bring water or snacks for the queue!!

Parc Guell with bright colours of Gaudi Architcture

Public transportation in Barcelona is also designed with accessibility in mind. The city's metro system features accessible stations equipped with elevators and tactile paving, providing convenient options for wheelchair users and individuals with mobility impairments. Buses and trams are also equipped with ramps and designated spaces for wheelchair users, ensuring seamless connectivity across the city. They are really effective and staff are patient with passengers.

Accessible Places To Stay

Barcelona boasts a wide range of accessible accommodation to suit every traveller's needs. There are wheelchair-accessible hotels with spacious rooms and adapted bathrooms to serviced apartments with accessibility features. Visitors with disabilities can find comfortable and convenient lodging options throughout the city.

We have stayed in a few different hotels.

Seventy Barca was a wonderful, spacious and elegant hotel. It was very disability friendly. They were happy for us to have our hired mobility scooter delivered to reception, and for us to leave it for pick up at the end of our stay. They also booked disability friendly taxis for us. The hotel was close to the shopping streets and many of the famous Gaudi buildings.

The fabulous architecture of one of Gaudi's buildings in the very accessible streets of Barcelona for people with disabilities

1929 Hotel Occidental was at a very busy point, and well located. I remember that I had to go down a lot of stairs from reception to access the toilets, which was difficult. There were elevators and good access in the bedrooms though. To get a taxi, we had to go around the corner to a busy point where there were a lot of taxis stopping.

Hotel Miramar was a place we loved. A gorgeous location up on the hill with panoramic views and beautiful grounds, and close to a lovely park and the top of the cable car which goes across the city. There were taxis and tuk tuk style bikes to take you down into the city. The hotel itself was friendly but luxurious, and very disability friendly. 

Cable car across the city, great for accessible views of Barcelona

Food and Recreation

Barcelona's vibrant culinary scene is also accessible to people with disabilities, with many restaurants offering wheelchair-friendly entrances and accessible facilities. Visitors can indulge in a diverse array of culinary delights without accessibility barriers. There are plenty of on-street places to dine also, and none of them had a problem with us parking up the mobility scooter.

Furthermore, Barcelona offers a wealth of accessible outdoor spaces and recreational activities for people with disabilities to enjoy. The city's beautiful beaches have accessible ramps and beach wheelchairs available for rental, allowing everyone to soak up the sun and enjoy the Mediterranean coastline.

One of our favourite parts of the city was the Gothic Quarter. It is quirky and historic, with narrow winding streets, many of them cobbled, and historic small shops. It is artistic and beautiful, and the kind of original, characterful place we love. Unfortunately, it is also the least accessible, due to the cobbles and the small shops. It is worth trying though, as it is truly beautiful!

The fabulous historic Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, not as easy to access if you have disabilities

In conclusion, Barcelona is a city that embraces diversity and strives to ensure that all visitors can experience its wonders. With its accessible infrastructure, accommodation, and attractions, Barcelona invites us to embark on memorable adventures and discover the magic of this captivating city. By promoting accessibility and inclusivity, Barcelona sets an inspiring example for accessible travel destinations around the world.

To help you plan your visit, you might want to visit the Official Barcelona Tourism Guide  

You might also want to see our post about assisted air travel

We hired a mobility scooter from Roy at gomobilitynow.com for our first visit, and for our second visit a lightweight folding wheelchair from movilidadbcn.com