Barcelona Wheelchair Access Travel Guide | Where to Stay and What to Do
Updated: Jul 14, 2020
Barcelona's wheelchair access is so good that some people say it's the most accessible city in Europe. I often recommend a city break in Barcelona to first-time disabled travellers as it's so easy to find wheelchair accessible Barcelona tourist information, Barcelona hotels with wheelchair access, and things to do in Barcelona with disabled access.
My accessible travel guide to Barcelona, with a focus on wheelchair users, covers accessibility in accommodation, attractions and restaurants to help you plan your wheelchair accessible holiday to Barcelona.
Wheelchair Accessible Hotel Barcelona
On the recommendation of a friend, I stayed at the Gates Diagonal Barcelona, just two tram stops from the beach and next to the stunning Torre Agbar. The hotel has a ramped entrance for people with limited mobility, lift to all floors, wheelchair accessible rooms with double beds and wheel-in showers, and a roof top pool and bar, what more could you want! The views from the roof top are simply stunning, and it’s a fantastic place to unwind with a glass of wine after a long day sightseeing.
Getting Around Barcelona In A Wheelchair
Barcelona City Sightseeing Bus Tours are widely available, and wheelchair accessible. Concessions are offered to disabled travellers, although this seems to be at the discretion of the tour guide. Barcelona’s tram network has low-floor access from the platforms and ramps to the doors, as well as areas reserved for wheelchair users.
Barcelona tours for disabled visitors are available, as well as wheelchair hire in Barcelona.
Wheelchair Access at Barcelona Attractions
Disabled Access for Wheelchair Users at Barceloneta Beach
One of the most wonderful things about Barcelona is the proximity between the beaches and the city. Barceloneta beach has wheelchair ramps down to the beach, and a wide, smooth concrete walkway. There’s also a wooden walkway to the water’s edge, wheelchair accessible changing rooms and toilets, and preferential zones for disabled bathers. This means all you have to do is relax and enjoy the sunshine!
From June to September there is an assisted bathing service, including a hoist, amphibious wheelchairs, water crutches, and manual wheelchairs. For drinks and tapas, I’d suggest restaurants one or two streets back from the beach, as you will pay a premium for a beach view.
Barcelona Wheelchair Access - Port Olimpic
Port Olimpic is all about fun and relaxation. By day you can enjoy the beaches and water sports, and by night there is a large choice of seafood restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, as well as a casino. I have found accessibility to be no problem in all of the places I have visited at Port Olimpic, so it’s easy to relax and have a good time here.
Is Las Ramblas Wheelchair Accessible?
The most famous street in Barcelona is perfect for people-watching and taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the city. As Las Ramblas is pedestrianized all the way down the middle, it’s easy to slowly walk or wheel along with the crowds. There’re plenty of things to see amongst the bustle too — street entertainers, stalls and cafes, a wide range of shops, the beautiful Canaletes Fountain, and the towering statue of Christopher Columbus.
Boqueria Market - Disabled Access with Accessible Toilets
The Boqueria Market is full of colour and life. Everywhere you look, there is delicious produce on display — huge hams hanging up, fragrant cheeses, fresh seafood, and lots of fruit, spices, and herbs. Plus, the area around the market is mainly flat, so it’s easy to access. Wondering where everyone has got their delicious-looking pots of fruit and smoothies from? La Boqueria Market of course! There is an accessible toilet available, on the basement level. The person in charge of maintenance can give you a key for the elevator.
Sagrada Família Wheelchair Access
The Sagrada Família has become a symbol of Barcelona. As it’s often under construction however, constant changes mean wheelchair access can vary. It’s recommended that wheelchair users visit with a companion, to fully enjoy the beautiful stained glass windows, the quirky architecture, and fabulous statues. Admission is free for visitors with disabilities and their companions — proof of disability may be required. Staff members can escort disabled visitors to the accessible entrance, so make yourself known on arrival.
Wheelchair Accessible Shopping in Barcelona - Glories
Glories shopping centre is large, spacious, and has a number of dining options as well as shops. It’s much less crowded than Las Ramblas, and has a large supermarket for those wanting to stock up on provisions. The mall is accessible throughout, with elevators and wheelchair accessible toilets. This is a good option for a more relaxed shopping experience, with many open-air shops, and restaurants with outside seating. There is a very popular takeaway deli at Glories, offering freshly-made pastries and sandwiches. Be prepared to queue!
Barcelona Wheelchair Access - Restaurants with Disabled Access In Barcelona
Don’t be afraid to search for budget-friendly places to eat and drink — one or two streets back from major sights, restaurants can be half the price, and better quality than the tourist traps.
Wheelchair Accessible Restaurants in Barcelona - Tapa Tapa
Tapa Tapa is a stones throw from Barceloneta Beach, and offers good value, speedy tapas, and great drinks. The service here is wonderful, and the staff are happy to recommend food and wine to suit your tastes. There is an accessible toilet on the first floor, accessed by elevator. Cava by the glass here is super good-value, and delicious!
Wheelchair Accessible Restaurants in Barcelona - Flaherty's
Flaherty’s is a gem of a find, just around the corner from Las Ramblas. Daily deals on drinks and cocktails, happy hours, and good-value food make this one of the most reasonably-priced options for eating and drinking in the area. The staff are super-friendly, and the atmosphere is great fun. There is an accessible toilet at the back of the bar.
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